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Resource-Rich Real Estate

california  domestic energy  offshore drilling  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 25, 2009

Thursday was another gorgeous day in Long Beach, with blue skies and a pleasant breeze blowing along the harbor. At Lighthouse Point, children picnicked with their families while fishermen on a nearby pier caught croakers for supper. At the docks, you could hear seals barking at the Aquarium of the Pacific as tourists returned to shore on boats offering whale watching tours. 

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Traveling to THUMS

access  domestic energy  offshore drilling  technology innovation  thums islands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 24, 2009

No one likes to watch sausage being made, but most of us enjoy sausage. That seems to be the case with oil and natural gas, too. The vast majority of Americans enjoy the benefits afforded by these energy-rich fuels, but some Americans would prefer not to see how they are produced. 

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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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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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