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Bitumen Production via Steam

alberta  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  energy  energy development  oil sands  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 11, 2009

Day Two of the oil sands tour, August 7 - About 60 kilometers southeast of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, ConocoPhillips is producing crude oil from oil sands using a process called in-situ development. In concept, in-situ development sounds fairly simple. The oil sands are heated underground with steam, gravity pulls the hot oil down toward a wellbore, and the oil is brought to the surface.

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Harvesting Oil Sands

alberta  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  energy  energy development  oil sands  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2009

Day one of the oil sands tour, Aug. 6 - We're standing in a quarry where a steady stream of 380-ton to 400-ton, multi-story vehicles roll in and out, accepting loads of oil sands. As soon as one vehicle is loaded, another one takes its place next to the huge shovel that scrapes the oil sands from the black, sandy quarry wall. 

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On the Road in Alberta

alberta  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  energy  energy development  oil sands  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 7, 2009

6:35 a.m., Ft. McMurray, Alberta -- In just a few minutes, I'll leave this hotel room to join today's tour to ConocoPhillips' Surmont oil sands facility. But before I go, here are a few observations about the oil sands deposits here in Alberta. 

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Canada Bound

canada  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  energy  oil sands  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 5, 2009

Occasionally, I'm offered the opportunity to visit oil and natural gas field operations at various places around the Northern Hemisphere. This week I'll be traveling to Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada, to see how oil sands are converted into crude oil.

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Breathe Deeply

air quality  domestic energy  efficiency  energy  fuel  technology innovation  ulsd  ultra-low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 7, 2009

Despite what you may have heard, the nation's air quality has improved markedly over the past several years. And part of the air quality improvement can be attributed to a major change in diesel fuel.

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New Study on Hydraulic Fracturing

congress  energy  energy development  energy policy  hydraulic fracturing  over regulation  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2009

API urged Congress to consider the ramifications of applying new regulations to the process of hydraulic fracturing today, just as members of the House and Senate introduced legislation to regulate the process under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Hard Rock Gas

technology innovation  natural gas  hydraulic fracturing  ground water protection council  energy policy  energy development  energy  congress 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 4, 2009

Have you ever heard of shale gas? It's the naturally occurring, clean-burning gas that is found in shale rock formations, and it's becoming increasing important as an energy resource in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says there is enough so-called unconventional gas (shale gas, tight sands and coalbed methane) in the United States to supply our energy needs for the next 90 years. Other estimates extend this supply to 116 years.

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Mystery Solved

technology innovation  technology  otc  offshore technology conference  offshore drilling  energy  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 8, 2009

A couple of days ago, we posted a photograph taken at the Offshore Technology Conference and challenged you to tell us what it is.

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Look familiar?

technology innovation  technology  offshore drilling  energy  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 7, 2009

Several people at the Offshore Technology Conference were very impressed with the item in the photo below.

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Recurring Themes

domestic access  drilling  energy  energy demand  energy policy  institute for 21st century energy  offshore technology conference  otc  renewables  solar  technology innovation  wind 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 6, 2009

Now that I've attended a few panel discussions here at the Offshore Technology Conference, it's abundantly clear that many of the speakers are in agreement over the issues that threaten America's ability to plan for a secure energy future.

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