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Energy and how it is captured and consumed is barely viable in tar sands production. While the amount of oil in places such as the tar sands in Alberta or the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela may have deposits of similar size to the reserves of countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iraq, the return of new energy after expending energy in production is not even close. In Iraq, the process of using one barrel of oil generates 100 new barrels. In the tar sands, estimates of 3 to 1 and even as low as 1.5 to 1 have been made. Offsetting the net energy loss would require minimally 25-30 tar sands facilities for one Saudi plant operating at the same capacity.

Energy and how it is captured and consumed is barely viable in tar sands production. While the amount of oil in places such as the tar sands in Alberta or the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela may have deposits of similar size to the reserves of countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iraq, the return of new energy after expending energy in production is not even close. In Iraq, the process of using one barrel of oil generates 100 new barrels. In the tar sands, estimates of 3 to 1 and even as low as 1.5 to 1 have been made. Offsetting the net energy loss would require minimally 25-30 tar sands facilities for one Saudi plant operating at the same capacity.

(Wisconsin) Enbridge Opponents Call for Support

Pipeline opponents urge support

More than 200 area people turned out in Lake Mills March 19 for an educational forum on Enbridge Energy’s project to increase the flow of tar sands oil through a pipeline that runs through Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Randy Radtke Special to The Courier |

Opponents of Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of Pipeline 61 began a concerted organizational effort to rally public support to their cause with an educational forum in Lake Mills March 19.

While We’ve Been Debating Keystone, The U.S. Has Grown Its Pipeline Network By Almost A Quarter

While We’ve Been Debating Keystone, The U.S. Has Grown Its Pipeline Network By Almost A Quarter

by Katie Valentine Posted on March 16, 2015

Americans have been waiting for the federal government to come to a decision over the Keystone XL pipeline for more than six years, enduring countless protests, Congressional hearings and even a Presidential veto over the controversial project.

But during that time, pipeline construction in the U.S. hasn’t slowed — in fact, it’s surged.

Koch's use economic downtime to buy up tar sands

Koch company buys up more oil sands licenses in Canada
Jenny Uechi
Mar 12th, 2015

Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC is buying up more licenses in Alberta's oil sands, Oilsands Review reported today.

"Bulletin records show that 15 licences were issued on March 3, 2015, for operator Koch Oil Sands in the Cadotte area," the Review reported.

Oilsands leases comprised $21 million of the $44.67 million generated by Alberta's Wednesday land sale.

U.S. Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL bill

U.S. Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL bill

Paul Koring

WASHINGTON — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Mar. 04 2015

Keystone XL backers in the U.S. Senate failed Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of congressional efforts to approve the controversial Canadian oil sands pipeline.

CNRL lectures tar sands producers on costs

Cut costs or face ‘death spiral,’ CNRL warns oil sands

PETER SCOWEN

FORT McMURRAY, ALTA. — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Feb. 19 2015

The president of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers delivered a stern warning to the oil sands industry, telling a room full of Fort McMurray business people that they need to start cutting costs or the industry will fall into a “death spiral.”

The “made in Fort McMurray cost” of doing business has risen too quickly and must end, Steve Laut of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. told members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'

Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'

Pete Dolack

5th March 2015

Canada's 'Anti-Terrorism Bill' proposes a massive increase in the power of security services, writes Pete Dolack - and in the crosshairs are campaigners against a tar sands industry that's intent on releasing 240 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, and those fighting the pipelines needed to get the heavy crude to market. Who are the real 'extremists'?

Koch brothers' tar sands connection revealed

Koch brothers' tar sands connection revealed

U.S. billionaire duo's huge stake in northern Alberta fields more than Conoco, Exxon and Chevron put together

by Enzo DiMatteo

March 4, 2015

A map released by the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization (IFG) shows that the U.S. billionaire Koch brothers own more of the Alberta tar sands, some 890,000 hectares (2 million acres), than oil and gas giants Exxon, Chevron and Conoco combined.

Alberta floats idea of moving tar-sands oil through Alaska

With Keystone XL pipeline uncertain, Alberta floats idea of moving tar-sands oil through Alaska
02/10/2015

Officials in the Canadian province of Alberta say they hope to talk to Alaska leaders about shipping tar-sands crude oil through the state as the Keystone XL pipeline route through the Lower 48 remains bogged down in politics.

An Alaska economist said the idea faces many challenges but is possible.

"The desert is full of mirages, but the desert also has water," said Gunnar Knapp, director of the University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Shell Withdraws From Largest Tar Sands Project Yet

Shell Withdraws From Largest Tar Sands Project Yet

by Ari Phillips Posted on February 25, 2015

"Shell Withdraws From Largest Tar Sands Project Yet"

Keystone XL is not the only deciding factor in the future of tar sands extraction.

Anti-tar sands activists in the U.S. are getting visits from the FBI

Anti-oil sands activists in the U.S. are getting visits from the FBI

Alexander Panetta

WASHINGTON — The Canadian Press

Published Saturday, Feb. 07 2015

Unexpected visitors have been dropping in on anti-oil activists in the United States — knocking on doors, calling, texting, contacting family members.

The visitors are federal agents.

Opponents of Canadian oil say they’ve been contacted by FBI investigators in several states following their involvement in protests that delayed northbound shipments of equipment to Canada’s oilsands.

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