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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.

Opposition Mounting to Energy East Export Pipeline Even Before TransCanada Files Official Application

Opposition Mounting to Energy East Export Pipeline Even Before TransCanada Files Official Application

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 20, 2014) - Opposition to TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline - which would be North America's largest oil pipeline, transporting crude from Alberta east through Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes - is mounting steadily across eastern Canada, even before the company has filed its official project application.

Shell hits back at 'carbon bubble' claims

Shell hits back at 'carbon bubble' claims

Oil and gas company publishes 20 page document telling investors that climate laws will not leave it with 'stranded assets'

John Vidal
theguardian.com, Tuesday 20 May 2014

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Mayor Rahm Emanuel banned new or expanded refineries that produce the stuff, but the Southeast side is still dealing with what's already there.

Sarah Goodyear

May 19, 2014

Protesters rally in Marktown against BP (Indiana)

Protesters rally in Marktown against BP
May 17, 2014

EAST CHICAGO — Michelle BarlondSmith of Battle Creek, Mich., has been living with the aftereffects of the Enbridge oil spill for three years, nine months and 24 days, and her community is still not whole.

Urgent: Enbridge Line 9 Site has been occupied close to Burlington (May 20, 2014)

Urgent: Enbridge Line 9 Site has been occupied close to Burlington, Ontario this morning

Krystalline Kraus
| May 20, 2014

Early this morning, anti-tar sands activists are currently blockading the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. They have pledged to remain on site for, “at least twelve hours, one hour for every thousand anomalies Enbridge has reported to exist on the line.”

The blockaders arrived on site at 7:00 am and began to turn Enbridge Oil employees as they began to arrive for their morning shift.

Not satisfied with controlling the Maritimes, how Irving wants to conquer tar sands

Special Report: A Canadian family's 'Plan B' to pump tar sands oil
Posted: March 27, 2014

"The genesis of this is really the Keystone XL pipeline, and the continuing political obstacles to getting approval for it," said Frank McKenna, former New Brunswick premier, Irving family friend and vocal advocate of the project.

By Richard Valdmanis and Dave Sherwood
Reuters

Tar Sands May Have Caused Sickness That Forced Families From Homes, Canadian Regulator Says

Tar Sands May Have Caused Sickness That Forced Families From Homes, Canadian Regulator Says

By Emily Atkin
April 1, 2014

Karla and Alain’s Labrecque's children, now living happily and healthily in British Columbia after a year of unexplained sickness in Peace River, Alberta.

Published with permission of Karla and Alain Labrecque

Karla and Alain’s Labrecque’s children, now living happily and healthily in British Columbia after a year of unexplained sickness in Peace River, Alberta. Published with permission of Karla and Alain Labrecque

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill into the Great Lakes?

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill into the Great Lakes?
By Steve Horn
Global Research, March 28, 2014

Is it conventional crude or tar sands? That is the question. And it’s one with high stakes, to boot.

The BP Whiting refinery in Indiana spilled between 470 and 1228 gallons of oil (or is it tar sands?) into Lake Michigan on March 24 and four days later no one really knows for sure what type of crude it was. Most signs, however, point to tar sands.

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