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Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level

The development of Alberta’s oil sands has increased levels of cancer-causing compounds in surrounding lakes well beyond natural levels, Canadian researchers reported in a study released on Monday. And they said the contamination covered a wider area than had previously been believed. “Now we have the smoking gun,” Professor Smol said. The study is likely to provide further ammunition to critics of the industry, who already contend that oil extracted from Canada’s oil sands poses environmental hazards like toxic sludge ponds, greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of boreal forests.

Todd Korol/Reuters: An oil sands mine Fort McMurray, Alberta.

By : A version of this article appeared in print on January 8, 2013, on page A4 of the New York edition

OTTAWA — The development of Alberta’s oil sands has increased levels of cancer-causing compounds in surrounding lakes well beyond natural levels, Canadian researchers reported in a study released on Monday. And they said the contamination covered a wider area than had previously been believed.

For the study, financed by the Canadian government, the researchers set out to develop a historical record of the contamination, analyzing sediment dating back about 50 years from six small and shallow lakes north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the center of the oil sands industry. Layers of the sediment were tested for deposits of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, groups of chemicals associated with oil that in many cases have been found to cause cancer in humans after long-term exposure. read more

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Shell Gets Conditional Alberta Approval for Carbon-Capture Plan

By Edward Klump – Jul 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, received conditional approval from Alberta’s energy regulator for a carbon capture and storage project planned north of Edmonton.

A panel concluded it’s in the public interest for Shell’s Quest project to move ahead, Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board said in a statement posted on its website and dated yesterday. The site is suited to long-term carbon-dioxide storage, and the proposal mitigates potential risks, the board said. read more

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Canada natives sue Shell over oil sands funding

Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43pm EST

* Community seeks C$1.5 million, citing blocked requests

* Shell says has spent more than C$200 mln

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Canadian native group is suing Royal Dutch Shell Plc for what it said was a failure by the oil major to live up to environmental funding agreements tied to Shell’s massive northern Alberta oil sands developments.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation seeks C$1.5 million ($1.47 million) from Shell for allegedly blocking requests for money to be used for sustainable development and education initiatives in the community under agreements made in 2003 and 2006. read more

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Mining the Canadian tar sands: CCS-Project Quest; Pollution of Athabasca River; Concerns of the Canadian Aboriginals

From pages 20 & 21 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

CCS-project Quest

Shell’s Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP, Shell share 60%) is planning a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, called Quest, near to its Scotford Upgrader. The total cost of the project is projected to be USD 1.35 billion. The province of Alberta (USD 745 million) and the government of Canada (USD 120 million) are willing to pay most of the costs. The plant is planned to be commissioned at the end of 2015.

The CO2 will be permanently put under the ground during an estimated 25 years at a depth of over 2,000 meters, in a saline formation, with a maximum of 1.2 millions tonnes of CO2 each year. In a recent report quantifying the GHG reduction benefits from the CCS-project, the facilities were assumed to operate with 90% availability, capturing 1.08 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The full lifecycle emissions of the CCS-project itself were estimated to be between 0.16 to 0.24 million tonnes of CO2, around 20% of the annual capture. Conclusively, the project is estimated to reduce 0.84 to 0.92 million tonnes of CO2 annually.109 AOSP emitted 3.7 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents in 2009110, while its production stood at 78,000 barrels per day. Considering an already planned 440,000 barrels per day tonnes of production by AOSP and in- situ by Shell before 2020, the CCS-project will only partly compensate for the increasing emissions due to deriving fuel from oil sands compared to fuels derived from conventional oil. read more

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Mining the Canadian tar sands

From pages 19 & 20 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

Shell’s largest unconventional oil resource

Due to “easy” oil getting scarce, oil companies are investing in unconventional oil resources. In general, unconventional oil production has greater environmental impacts than conventional oil production. The Canadian oil sands (often called tar sands) are Shell’s largest unconventional oil reserve. As of 31 December 2010, Canadian oil sands amounted to 26% of Shell’s proven oil reserves. Oil reserves refer to the oil production Shell has secured to exploit in the future.

The oil sands are found in the Canadian province of Alberta. In December 2010, the government of Alberta listed 47 oil sands projects that are planned, underway, or recently completed. The total investment costs for these projects amounted to USD 85 billion. read more

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Alleged destruction of agricultural lands with tar sands waste in northern Alberta by Shell and others

Not all tar sands waste ends up in tailings ponds. As described in the attached paper - in Alberta it is spread on arable land. This practise is actually encouraged by the Alberta Government agencies and regulations.

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Legal loss to Shell dire for wildlife

Edmonton Journal June 3, 2011 3:21 AM

The recent rejection by a superior court justice of an appeal of an Energy Resources Conservation Board decision on Shell Canada’s application to drill in the Castle wilderness is fallacious.

Now the legal system has joined the ERCB and the provincial sustainable resource development (SRD) department in failing to block further loss of grizzly bear habitat and endangered plant communities.

The judge ruled: “The well’s opponents did not present any persuasive evidence it would endanger the bears.” read more

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Black-Gold Rush in Alberta

The Wall Street Journal: Black-Gold Rush in Alberta

“Shell Canada Ltd., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, disclosed last month that it has boosted its cost projection for a proposed 100,000 barrel-a-day expansion of its Athabasca oil-sands mine by 80%, to 7.3 billion Canadian dollars (US$6.18 billion).”

With Price of Crude Staying High,
Tapping Into Canadian Oil Sands
Looks Increasingly Profitable

By TAMSIN CARLISLE
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
September 15, 2005; Page C1

CALGARY, Alberta — By briefly blasting oil prices above $70 a barrel, Hurricane Katrina may have blown away any lingering doubts among oil producers about the long-term profitability of multibillion-dollar projects in the vast oil sands of this western Canadian province.

The supply disruptions caused by the hurricane also may stoke further U.S. interest in the oil sands as a stable, long-term supply source. read more

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Shell prepared to spend billions on oil sands in Peace River

Globe & Mail (Canada): Shell prepared to spend billions on oil sands in Peace River

“Shell Canada Ltd. is looking at a “multibillion” dollar project to develop a comparatively obscure deposit of oil sands in the Peace River area of northwestern Alberta that could produce 100,000 barrels of bitumen a day for 30 years.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Lesser-known deposits slated for growth

By DAVE EBNER

Page B3

TORONTO — Shell Canada Ltd. is looking at a “multibillion” dollar project to develop a comparatively obscure deposit of oil sands in the Peace River area of northwestern Alberta that could produce 100,000 barrels of bitumen a day for 30 years.

“We could spend a significant amount,” Ian Kilgour, senior vice-president of exploration and production, told reporters after speaking at the Peters & Co. Ltd. oil and gas conference in Toronto yesterday. read more

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