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Blogger Conference Call on Oil Sands

canada  domestic energy  energy  energy development  oil sands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 14, 2009

Yesterday, API hosted bloggers for a conference call featuring Robert Renner, Alberta Minister of the Environment. Minister Renner was available to take questions about Canada's oil sands from the bloggers who recently toured ConocoPhillips and Syncrude operations in Alberta. 

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12,000 Feet Under the Sea

chevron  domestic energy  domestic resources  drillship  energy  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  technology  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 14, 2009

Yesterday, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced that the Discoverer Clear Leader--an ultra-deepwater drillship newly built to Chevron's specifications--has begun work in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, allowing Chevron to expand its search for new domestic sources of energy. 

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Oil Sands Facts Not Often Disclosed

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

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 13, 2009

During the past several days, I've written extensively about Canada's oil sands, how they are produced, and the environmental programs that convert the disturbed land into meadows, forests and lakes. Today, in my final post about last week's oil sands tour, I want to provide you with some basic facts that often don't appear in news articles about oil sands development

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Where the Buffalo Roam

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

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2009

So you mine the oil sands, extract the oil, reclaim the land--and then what do you do? At the Syncrude oil sands operation in Alberta, you start a bison ranch--wood bison, to be specific. 

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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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Why Pick on Canada?

canada  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  energy  oil sands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 3, 2009

Why would the United States Congress snub its nose at our neighbors to the north? It's a very good question, and one that leaves us scratching our heads. Please allow me to explain. 

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The Case For Oil Sands

canada  canadian oil sands  domestic energy  efficiency  energy  oil sands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 31, 2009

In a recent op-ed in the Argus Leader, John Duff Erickson, professor emeritus at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, makes a strong case for continuing the development of Canadian oil sands. He notes that Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States, and Canadian oil is helping to bolster U.S. energy security. - See more at: http://energytomorrow.org/blog/author/13/P580#sthash.EeXPTYED.dpuf

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