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  1. Trudeau blasts Harper for bungling pipelines needed by Alberta, PM’s home turf

    We are no closer to getting the two main pipelines that he’s been pushing passed than we were on the very first day he was in office. Indeed, we’re further (away).

  2. NDP leader Mulcair wants oil sands products to stay in Canada

    Keeping oil resources in Canada would create at least 40,000 jobs across the country, Mulcair said

  3. Government memo criticized top biologist for comments on oil sands

    Queen’s University professor John Smol said he was shocked and outraged to learn of an internal Natural Resources Canada memo criticizing him over comments he made to reporters about a study on lakes near the oil sands

  4. Oil sands workers see biggest salary raises

    For the biggest pay hikes in Canada, look no further than the oilpatch

  5. Pipelines south

    A federal judge rejected environmentalists’ challenge to the nearly 600-mile Flanagan South Pipeline

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Did You Know

  1. Mine Closure – What Does it Mean for Oil Sands?

    August 14 2014

    Although complete closure of an oil sands mine or plant site is not likely for many decades, engaging stakeholders in early closure discussions and planning requires a clear, plain language, description of terminology and process(es).

  2. Oil Sands Mine Costs

    July 23 2014

    We extracted expenditure and production figures from EIAs for new projects and for expansion projects and tabulated them to see how they compare.

  3. Oil Sands Mine GHG Emissions

    July 04 2014

    Alberta regulates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of large final emitters (LFEs – those emitting more than 100,000 tonnes/year) through the Climate Change and Emissions Management Act and two regulations – the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation and the Specified Gas Reporting Regulation. Producing oil sands mines qualify as LFEs and thus report emissions.

  4. Tailings Terminology

    June 25 2014

    An increased understanding of the complex nature of tailings, plus the advent of a multitude of treatment technologies applied to specific components of the overall tailings stream resulted in a large suite of tailings terms, accompanied by an alphabet-soup of acronyms.

  5. Predicting Long-term Oil Sands Production Levels

    June 13 2014

    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, one of several organizations that predict production far into the future, recently issued a revised forecast that saw a 400,000 barrels-per-day reduction in expected production by 2030. In this article we examine the projections of the Alberta Energy Regulator (previously Energy Resources Conservation Board), Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, National Energy Board and Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

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