Tag: tar sands

From Canadian to Californian crude, big carbon differences found

The new oil-climate index delves into the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the wide spectrum of oil produced today — from light, gassy condensate to thick, sludgy bitumen.  More »

Alberta energy drillers pivot to natural gas as oil plunges

Alberta’s gas prices dropped 35 percent last year while oil fell 46 percent. U.S. crude prices have plunged below $50 from last year’s high above $107 after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries resisted calls to cut output amid a surge of U.S. crude production.  More »

Celebrities line up to blast Keystone XL

The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.  More »

TransCanada CEO: Other companies watching what happens on Keystone

Midstream energy companies seeking to build pipelines will want more “clarity” about the regulatory process before they plunk down capital for the projects, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said.  More »

EPA: Oil prices should be part of Keystone XL decision

In a letter to the State Department released Tuesday, the EPA said plummeting crude prices could make the proposed pipeline vital to Canadian oil sands developers.  More »

Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon.  More »

Beaumont event touts benefits of Keystone XL

Crude has long coursed from Canada to Oklahoma through the existing Keystone pipeline. Southeast Texas connected to that line in January last year when the Keystone XL southern leg ending in Nederland was complete, and Gulf Coast plants are already refining crude from Canadian fields.  More »

Shell to cut 5 to 10 percent of 3,000 oil sands jobs

A Shell official characterized the move as unrelated to the drop in commodity prices and intended to keep the company efficient and competitive.  More »

Could negotiation end Keystone XL showdown?

Sen. John Cornyn suggested Wednesday that GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama could find a middle ground on the controversial pipeline.  More »

Democrats plan Keystone XL counterattack

Republicans are planning an all-out blitz for the Keystone XL pipeline, but Democrats are vowing a vigorous defense.  More »

Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year

Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns.  More »

Keystone left behind as Canadian oil pours into U.S.

The expansion shows Canadians are finding alternative entry points into the U.S. while the Keystone saga drags on.  More »

South Dakota poll: 60 percent support Keystone pipeline

The TransCanada Corp. project would transport oil from Canadian tar sands through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Gulf Coast.  More »

Chevron banks on Mideast oil for Calif. refinery

Chevron Corp. plans to run higher- sulfur Alaskan and Middle Eastern crudes when it completes work at Northern California’s largest refinery in 2016, not the Bakken oil helping spur the U.S. path to energy independence.  More »

Keystone XL foes seek health study on pipeline

Two Senate Democrats on Friday strengthened their push against the Keystone XL pipeline, unveiling a letter from public health groups urging the Obama administration to study the medical risks associated with the project.  More »
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