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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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Hundreds Oppose Tar Sands Refinery

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Hundreds in Bay Area to Oppose Toxic Refinery Expansion

WHEN: Tuesday, July 15th ; 6:15pm vigil, 7:00 p.m. hearing
WHERE: Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd.

WHAT: Hundreds of Bay Area residents will be attending tomorrow’s Richmond city council hearing on Chevron’s bid to expand the Richmond refinery to process more, heavier crude oil. Richmond residents and the wider Bay Area community see the expansion of the plant to burn ever-dirtier crude in direct opposition to California’s commitment to combat air pollution and climate change. Prior to the hearing there will be a community vigil led by a Richmond Catholic priest and an Oakland priest whose parishioners are employees of the Chevron plant.

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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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Clarity Wanted

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Statoil, Nexen Demand Regulatory Clarity for Canada Projects

By Eduard Gismatullin and Marianne Stigset

July 2 (Bloomberg) — StatoilHydro ASA, Norway’s largest oil producer, and Nexen Inc. called for “clarity” in Canadian regulation governing Alberta’s tar-sand projects before they proceed with investment in refineries.

Nexen, based in Calgary, has put on hold expansion of an upgrader at its C$6.1 billion ($6 billion) Long Lake refining project in Alberta, Chairman Francis Saville said today in Madrid, where he’s attending the World Petroleum Congress. StatoilHydro in May postponed the start of an upgrader, a crude-processing unit, at its Canadian oil-sands project by two years to 2016.

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Showdown in Cancer Alley

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Showdown in Upgrader Alley

Proliferation of oil-processing plants threatens our quality of life, say area farmers and residents

Kevin Ma

As Wayne Groot describes his concerns about the proposed upgraders that could one day surround his potato farm northeast of Edmonton, his eight-year-old son Luis runs into the kitchen and points out the window. Two moose are running across their lawn, and Groot pauses and smiles before picking up the conversation again. The proximity to nature is one of the many things Groot cherishes about farm life.

However, he may soon have to leave the area and his business. He’s worried about pollution from the proposed developments known as “Upgrader Alley,” a 300-square-kilometre area spanning four different municipalities northeast of Edmonton. By 2022, the industrial area could eventually include as many as nine upgraders, the plants that transform bitumen from the oilsands into synthetic crude.

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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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Hundreds Pack Upgrader Hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

Hundreds of concerned residents from Stratcona and Sturgeon counties pack a Fort Saskchewan hearing into a Petro Canada upgrader on June 23, 2008.

Hundreds flock to upgrader hearing in Fort Sask.

Amanda Ferguson, Updated: Mon Jun. 23 2008 17:10:26

ctvedmonton.ca

Hundreds of people packed a Fort Saskatchewan hall Monday knowing they won’t be able to have their say on a potential new oilsands upgrader for days.

Yet as they crowded into the room to sit in front of a three-member panel for the Energy Resources Conservation Board, they knew they were already getting their point across.

Armed with signs, masks and cheers — more than one hundred people took their cause to a local hotel to protest the latest in a growing list of upgrader projects slated for the Fort Hills area.

“I can’t even comprehend what that’s going to be,” local resident Wayne Groot said. “It’s just massive. We’re going to be inundated with huge amounts of traffic, noise, lights.”

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Metis denied voice at upgrader hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

No intervenor status for Metis at upgrader hearing
Robin Collum
edmontonjournal.com
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada's tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.
CREDIT: Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada’s tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – More than 100 residents and activists attended the first day of hearings on a proposed Petro-Canada upgrader plant northeast of Edmonton.

The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board  is analyzing whether to give the go-ahead to Petro-Canada’s Fort Hill Oilsands Project, an upgrader that would be built in the area dubbed Upgrader Alley.

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Alberta Should Say No to Upgraders

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Alta shouldn’t approve Edmonton oilsands refineries without greener rules: report

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By: John Cotter, THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta should not approve as many as six more oilsands upgraders near Edmonton until the province has a solid plan to limit the huge amount of fresh water they will use and to better manage the pollution they will produce, a new study says.

The Pembina Institute’s Oilsands Fever report, released on Monday, says nine bitumen upgraders are expected to begin operating just northeast of the capital between 2015 and 2020.

Together they would consume 10 times as much water as the City of Edmonton each year and spew 45 megatonnes of greenhouses gases – the equivalent to an amount produced by 10 million vehicles, the report says.

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