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Who Will Pay for BP Refinery

Posted by mhudema on July 17, 2008

Northwest Indiana Times
Who will pay for the BP expansion?
By Bessie Dent | Thursday, July 17, 2008
The BP Refinery in Whiting has the go-ahead to build a $3.8 billion “upgrade” to process tar sands from Alberta, Canada — a dirty, inefficient, and expensive process from beginning to end.
Producing one barrel of tar sands oil requires removing an average of four tons of earth, uses between two and 4.5 barrels of water, and consumes enough natural gas to heat a family home for two to four days. The resulting barrel of “oil” is actually a barrel of asphalt.

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Our Health Is Not For Sale

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Chevron Offers Richmond’s City Council $61 Million to Approve Refinery Expansion
Richmond Residents and Bay Area Community say, “Our Health is Not for Sale”

Richmond, CA—Over 500 Bay Area residents attended a Richmond City Council public hearing last night on Chevron’s bid to expand the Richmond refinery to process dirtier crude oil.  The plant expansion is seen as a dramatic step in the wrong direction in the effort to decrease pollution-related health risks and climate change in Richmond and the Bay Area.  The City Council is expected to issue a final vote today in what has been a 4-year permitting process.    
In a last minute effort to lock-in City Council approval for Chevron’s refinery expansion, yesterday Chevron presented the City of Richmond with a $61 million dollar ‘Community Benefit Agreement’ (CBA).  The Agreement, submitted to the city council in closed session immediately before the public council hearing, would reportedly include $6.75 million for jobs and education programs, $6 million for community health programs, and requires the City Council’s approval of the expansion project. Other elements of Chevron’s proposal include requiring the City to propose the implementation of standards that would exempt Chevron projects from design review and would result in changes to the City’s land-use process for Chevron projects.
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Farmers Fight New Tar SAnds Refinery

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

South Dakota:Farmers fight plans for new oil refinery

By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN Special Investigations Unit

ELK POINT, South Dakota (CNN) — Farmland stretches as far as the eye can see — row upon row of corn stalks waving in the breeze. It’s an unlikely place to watch America debate its energy crisis but a battle is raging in this corner of South Dakota over what could be the nation’s first new oil refinery in 30 years.
Hyperion chief executive Albert Huddleston sent CNN a tape of comments in lieu of an interview.

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Rising Costs May Mean Second Upgrader Falls

Posted by mhudema on July 11, 2008

Rising costs present challenge to second refinery in Saint John

Published Thursday July 10th, 2008

Shell Canada’s decision to scrap plans for a new multi-billion oil refinery in Ontario sheds some light on the challenges facing a second oil refinery in Saint John.

Energy Minister Jack Keir said Shell’s decision shows there are obstacles to Irving Oil and BP’s proposed 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery project in the Port City.

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BP Lied in Reporting

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

Study: Emissions greater than in BP initial Reports
June 29, 2008
By Gitte Laasby Post-Tribune staff writer
BP has said publicly it will increase emissions of several air pollutants by more than 20 percent when the modernized Whiting refinery is complete in 2011.
But pollution released into Northwest Indiana’s air could be much worse than that, according to a report BP commissioned and submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The Post-Tribune obtained the report under a public information request.
The oil giant has said its emissions of tiny smoke and soot particles — which can cause asthma, heart attacks and premature death — would increase by 114 tons in 2011 compared to 2006.

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Tars Sands Come to Detroit

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Tar Sands Coming to Detroit – bad news for Detroiters

Sad news in Detroit: yesterday the expansion of the Marathon Oil Refinery was approved in Detroit. As you would expect from the ruthless, profiteering oil industry, the refinery is cited in a predominantly community of color, and the brunt of pollution is borne by neighboring residents. In exchange for voluntary pledges from Marathon, the city awarded a whopping $176 million in tax breaks. Thus, African-American residents living in an area that has been dubbed Detroit’s “Cancer Alley” get even more pollution and big oil gets to pocket even more profit.

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Want High Gas Prices? Invest in Tar Sands!

Posted by mhudema on June 19, 2008

June 18, 2008

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Moving Beyond Oil

ConocoPhillips, gas, refinery, tarsands

Prices at the pump are hitting us all pretty hard. Everyone is looking for a quick fix. And everyone is looking for someone to blame.

NRDC’s recent win against the ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery air permits gave a target to some folks with a troubling agenda.

Last week a U.S. EPA appeals board sided with NRDC and the American Bottom Conservancy, effectively rejecting permits that were too lax. The decision probably set a precedent that other refinery expansions will need to live up to from here on out to keep more dangerous pollutants out of the air in nearby communities. While we have a lot of problems with the stuff that this facility will be refining, the case was all about forcing this $4 billion expansion project to live up to the rule of law. At a time of record oil company profits, we really should not ask kids in East St. Louis to pay the refinery’s environmental costs with asthma and the folks in Alton deserve the same environmental protections enjoyed by Californians. The law says best available technology is required—and that is where you will find it.

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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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The Real Price of Tar Sands Oil

Posted by mhudema on January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008; A16

Enbridge, a Canadian company, seeks to build a pipeline to carry synthetic crude oil from Alberta, Canada, into southern Illinois [news story, Jan. 16]. Of the many problems with this project, the greatest one stems from the energy approach driving its construction: bitumen extraction from Alberta’s tar sands.

Tar sands oil is produced through a destructive process that has deplorable consequences. Extraction and processing of just one barrel of synthetic crude oil from bitumen requires up to five barrels of fresh water and 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The gasoline yield from that single barrel is only enough to fill a Chevrolet Avalanche’s tank three-quarters full.

The environmental impact is severe. In 2007, greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands plants were roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 27 million American passenger vehicles. High levels of carcinogens in fish, water and sediment have been found downstream from tar sands areas.

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