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US Fuel Law Bans Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on September 16, 2008

Alberta blindsided by U.S. fuel law
Ottawa, province must work together to protect our interests on Capitol Hill
Paula Simons
The Edmonton Journal

The U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act passed last December, without a fuss on this side of the border.

Yet Section 526 of the 822-page piece of legislation should have set Canadian alarm bells ringing. The section forbids any federal agency — such as the Defense Department or the U.S. Postal Service — from buying “synthetic” fuel from non-conventional sources for any “mobility-related” uses.

The section was authored by Congressman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and chair of the House of Representatives committee on oversight and government reform.

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Alta. must clean up or face rocky future

Posted by mhudema on April 8, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

We’ve been given a reprieve, for now.

For months, there has been worried speculation in Alberta that a new U.S. law could seriously affect the export of oilsands-derived fuels.

Section 526 of the U.S. Energy Independence Act of 2007 could be seen to ban all federal government agencies from purchasing fuel produced from non-conventional petroleum sources, including the oilsands.

While the law extends “only” to U.S. government buyers, that takes in a wide swath. By itself, the Defence Department is the world’s largest-single purchaser of refined petroleum.

In fact, the controversial section of the act was apparently crafted expressly to target U.S. Air Force plans to build its own carbon-intensive coal-to-liquid plants, also now banned.

The spectre of the new legislation sent up flags throughout Canada.

Premier Ed Stelmach publicly criticized it on a recent trip to Washington, gently but firmly announcing that we would find other customers if our petroleum products weren’t wanted by our neighbours. Last month, Canadian ambassador Michael Wilson wrote to senior American officials asking for an oilsands exemption.

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