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Williams: GE/COSIA deal shows credible commitment to reducing water use and GHGs

A set of agreements between Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and General Electric that could see up to $18 million invested in development and deployment of new technologies for water treatment and greenhouse gas reduction is concrete evidence that the oilsands sector is committed to doing better. That’s according to Steve Williams, president and [...]

Pessimism makes its mark on the Northern Gateway Pipeline

In the race to get Canadian crude off the West Coast to tidewater markets, Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to expand its TransMountain Pipeline is the clear winner–that’s according to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), which earlier this week released its Long-Term Outlook on Alberta Electricity Needs. The report, brought to my attention by a [...]

Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame: 2014 nominations now open!

My colleagues at the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame have issued this statement about this year’s induction process: A century ago, in the rolling hills of southern Alberta, Archibald Dingman and a team of early drillers pounded the ground, literally, to launch the province’s first true petroleum boom. The hydrocarbons that flowed from Dingman Numbers [...]

Innovation is on the rise in the oilsands, but is it fast enough for ongoing sustainability success?

They call it the “valley of death.” It’s basically the treacherous gap between technology innovation and commercialization where good ideas go to die. In the oilsands, several times in the past game changing technologies have made their way across this crater, which is in reality the only reason the industry exists. And while many challenges [...]

Suncor defies the “impossible” with launch of reclaimed constructed wetland project

Suncor Energy Inc. has officially launched a reclamation project aimed at recreating from disturbed oilsands mining sites one of the Alberta boreal forest’s most common but challenging landscapes, a type of wetland called a fen. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, exclusive home to oilsands mining and also the vast majority of thermal production projects [...]

Three oilsands leaders inducted into Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame

The Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame has inducted six builders of the oil and gas industry, including the founding chairman of the Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA), one of Syncrude’s most prominent former leaders, and a key early surveyor of Alberta’s oilsands deposits. The six bring to more than 140 men and [...]

Oilsands tailings, and being misled by the CBC

Last night, I was very disappointed in Peter Mansbridge. Well, really CBC’s The National program itself, which showed once again that reporting the facts–correctly–is not a key tenet of its taxpayer-funded journalism. It was a story about tailings, and the report from Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) that oilsands miners have not met the [...]

Oilsands: what crisis? It’s just not for the faint of heart

I have heard many executives say that the oilsands industry is “not for the faint of heart.” It strikes me that this market environment, right now, is a shining example of what they are talking about. The most significant cause of the nail biting is, of course, the high cost of doing business in an [...]

Heavy Oil and Oilsands Guidebook 2013 now available

The eighth edition of the Heavy Oil and Oilsands Guidebook, the annual supplement to Oilsands Review, is now available. Published each year since 2006, the Heavy Oil and Oilsands Guidebook series is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the oilsands industry. The 2013 edition takes a deep dive into the industry’s challenges and [...]

IHS: Tight oil boom makes oilsands Gulf Coast access even more critical

The boom in American tight oil production is not creating an either/or situation versus the Canadian oilsands in supplying the massive U.S. market, but it is changing the dynamics of what supply coming in from Canada to the United States looks like. That’s according to the latest installment in IHS CERA’s Oil Sands Energy Dialogue, [...]