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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.

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.

Shell shelves plan for Pierre River tar sands project in face of low oil prices

Shell shelves plan for tar sands project in face of low oil prices

Withdrawal from the Pierre River project is the latest in a series of blows to industry reliant on high cost production struggling with oil prices at six-year lows

Shell has shelved plans for a major new tar sands mine in Canada, the largest project yet to fall victim to low oil prices.

The company has withdrawn its application for the 200,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Pierre River project and will instead concentrate on boosting the profitability of its existing 255,000-bpd oil sands operations.

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

JACQUELYN MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Associated Press |

WASHINGTON—Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

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.

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