Oilsands Review
Editor’s Blog

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, [...]

Video: Proposed rail link for bitumen to Alaska tidewater

In mid-November 2012, G Seven Generations Energy (G7G) announced it had secured support from affected First Nations for a new “purpose-built” rail line from the oilsands to Alaska designed to provide a tidewater export route alternative to the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline. “Studies have already demonstrated that a rail link to Alaska is a viable [...]

Environment Canada has confirmed oilsands contamination, and that’s a good thing

Reports are that Environment Canada has built on and confirmed the research by University of Alberta aquatic scientist Dr. David Schindler and team from 2010 that showed contaminants from oilsands operations not only exist in the Athabasca watershed but are increasing in intensity. This is clearly a positive development, evidencing as it does that real [...]

Voting now closed – Producer of the Year 2012

Voting is now closed for our 2012 Producer of the Year competition. One of the five finalists–Cenovus Energy, BlackPearl Resources, Devon Canada, MEG Energy, or Imperial Oil–will be revealed as this year’s winner in our December edition. Thanks for voting!