Oil by Rail

22/11/18
Author: 
David Ljunggren and Rod Nickel and Julie Gordon

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER — Canada’s federal government is considering a proposal from its main oil producing province of Alberta to share the cost of buying rail cars to move oil stuck in the region because of a lack of pipeline capacity, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

08/11/18
Author: 
SUSAN CAKE , EMMA JACKSON , ERIC PINEAULT , IAN HUSSEY

Nov 8, 2018 -  This report analyzes the economics of the five largest bitumen-extractive corporations in Canada. The “Big Five” are Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Cenovus Energy, Imperial Oil, and Husky Energy. We examine the key features of the five firms and analyze their accumulation dynamics in the context of the latest commodity cycle: boom (2004–2014), bust (2014–2016), and restructuring and consolidation (2015 onward).

03/11/18

Meet the self-described ‘sinister seniors’ taking a stand against Trans Mountain — and going to jail for it..

[For more, go to this Facebook site.]

23/10/18
Author: 
Canadan Press

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is proposing Ottawa get into the crude-by-rail business — at least temporarily — so that producers in her province can get a better price for their oil. 

“We are in the midst of putting together a specific business case that we'll be taking to the federal government late this week, early next week, where we lay out the specific costs,'' Notley said Monday following a meeting with energy industry leaders in Calgary.

15/10/18
Author: 
PAUL MCKAY

One week ago, the price American refineries will pay for a barrel of Alberta bitumen fell to just below US$30. A seismic jolt raced through the tar sands/oil sands industry, because that price would barely allow even the biggest, most profitable operators to recover operating costs.

14/10/18
Author: 
CJANET FRENCH

[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.

09/10/18
Author: 
Paul McKay

Last August 29 was not just a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ moment for federal and Alberta politicians pushing to accelerate future tar sands/oil sands expansion plans.

It was a morning where the coffee urn figuratively tipped over and bestowed third-degree burns.

07/09/18
Author: 
Jesse Snyder

From the lack of available pipeline capacity to the potential adoption of electric cars, there is no shortage of threats facing the Canadian oilsands. But the latest menace lies in a seemingly innocuous and highly common element: sulphur.

16/08/18
Author: 
Jean Swanson

"Every single person who takes a stand against the pipeline is pointing toward a more just future" 

 

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