Oilsands Review
Editor’s Blog

COSIA: the oilsands industry’s “silver lining”

It has been more than two years since the companies representing almost 90 percent of Canada’s oilsands production launched their joint effort to accelerate environmental performance improvement, and on the surface it may not seem like much has been achieved. But it has. And more importantly, it will. It has been hard to know what [...]

FirstEnergy on crude price dynamics: “Don’t sweat it”

FirstEnergy Capital Corp. vice-president of institutional research Martin King had a clear message for attendees at this morning’s energy market update: “Don’t sweat it,” he said, adding that although watching crude oil markets lately has stoked enough anxiety in him for up to 19 nervous breakdowns per day, it’s going to be okay. West Texas [...]

Oilsands hall of famer and colleagues to launch plan for bitumen upgrader in Ontario’s Sarnia-Lambton region

A group of ex-senior executives and recent retirees in southwest Ontario—including the founding chairman of the transformative Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA)—are launching plans to develop a bitumen upgrader in the Sarnia-Lambton region. In late August the Bowman Centre and the Sarnia-Lambton Research Park will unveil the early blueprint for the Sarnia-Lambton [...]

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 [...]