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Suncor Blows Hot Air

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Activist dismisses oilsands emissions report

Updated Wed. Jun. 18 2008 11:24 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A major oilsands producer claims to have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions “intensity” over the past year, but an environmental activist calls that a “shell game.”

Suncor admits in a report released Wednesday that its absolute emissions rose by 3.6 per cent between 2006 and 2007.

The company did say its emissions intensity has fallen by 25 per cent across the company and 44 per cent at its oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Protesters hold signs condemning Alberta's oilsands in this undated photo.Protesters hold signs condemning Alberta’s oilsands in this undated photo.

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Suncor Blows More Hot Air

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Activist dismisses oilsands emissions report

Updated Wed. Jun. 18 2008 11:24 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A major oilsands producer claims to have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions “intensity” over the past year, but an environmental activist calls that a “shell game.”

Suncor admits in a report released Wednesday that its absolute emissions rose by 3.6 per cent between 2006 and 2007.

The company did say its emissions intensity has fallen by 25 per cent across the company and 44 per cent at its oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

When the company refers to emissions intensity, it means the amount of emissions created to produce a barrel of oil has decreased.

“What they don’t talk about that much is overall emissions and the fact that they are producing way more barrels than they used to,” Mike Hudema, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, told Canada AM from Edmonton on Wednesday.

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Upgraders not welcome

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Oil sands upgrader processing strategy under fire

CALGARY — A report cautioning against the construction of more upgraders in Alberta is reopening the question of how best to process Alberta’s hard-to-handle bitumen once it’s extracted from the oil sands.

Crude from Alberta’s oil sands is too heavy for most refineries to process, and can’t travel down a pipeline without being diluted with a lighter petroleum product. Alberta argues the best way to get the bitumen to market is by processing it in an upgrader – a vast industrial complex that removes the heavier parts – allowing output to be received by more refineries and ensuring that valuable processing work stays in the province.

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MORDOR OF THE NORTH

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Mordor rises in the north

By BRIAN BACK
Posted: June 17, 2008There is a nondescript section of I-94, just west of Johnson Creek, that passes over an underground river of black gold. Within months, a million barrels of crude oil daily will gush under the oblivious traffic. That’s almost 5% of America’s thirst.

Most of the oil will come from a tarry mix of sand and oil scattered over an area the size of Florida in Alberta, Canada. Originally called the tar sands, it’s rebranded as the more palatable oil sands.

While growing up in Canada, I watched the costly attempts to strip-mine the oil when technology was not up to the challenge and the low price of oil never justified it. Above $130 a barrel, after decades of ramping up the technology, the story has changed. Today, there is an oil rush around the town of Fort McMurray — dubbed Fort McMoney.

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Oilsands development has clear, long-term consequences

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

Paul Hanley
The StarPhoenix

Last week I had an opportunity to interview Matt Price, author of the ominously titled report Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth. As I was speaking to him, I was thinking of a film with an equally ominous title — There Will Be Blood — which I had watched the night before.

The film turned out to be a good preparation for the interview.

Price, in town last week to speak at a public meeting about the effects of the oilsands on Saskatchewan, is convincing in his defence of his bold title. Alberta’s tar sands are massive, the size of the state of Florida. They are being steadily converted into a stream of pollutants, such as acid rain, which mostly ends up in Saskatchewan, and greenhouse gases, distributed worldwide. Exploiting Alberta’s tar sands produces higher greenhouse-gas emissions than 145 countries.

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Rally targets oilsands investors

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Today staff
Tuesday June 17, 2008

“Stop funding our death” was one message sent to investors Monday during a protest at the Oil and Gas Investment Symposium hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in Calgary.

“Our community of Fort Chipewyan is in direct threat of being extinct because of the fact that the tarsands are polluting the water,” said Lionel Lepine of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “I want the whole world to know we have a crisis going on in our town.”

The protest was spearheaded by the First Nations communities as well as environmental groups such as Sierra Club Prairie, Greenpeace Canada and ForestEthics.

Challenges for people to drink water from Lake Athabasca were unanswered. Many in the First Nations community say the lake is toxic, contaminated by the oilsands.

Protesters didn’t have an opportunity to interact with investors. They were already inside the Hyatt Calgary which was “pretty secure,” said George Poitras of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. A number of people were watching the rally, some believed to be investors or staff from the various companies attending the symposium.
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