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Saturday
Aug132011

Conflict Oil or Canadian Oil?

Click here for complete article >Reason Magazine

August 10, 2011

This is the second dispatch from my oil sands tour. The first dispatch yesterday focused on the oil sands mining. After our Suncor oil sands mine tour, our band of flacks and hacks were bussed back to our motel for cocktails and dinner with various Canadian oil sheiks, including Alberta’s Minister of Energy Ronald Liepert, TransCanada Pipeline vice president Robert Jones, and ConocoPhillips Canada senior vice president Nick Olds, among others. In the fashion of such tours, we sat around a conference table listening to the concerns of our hosts, which in this case, mostly involved activist opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States. When completed the pipeline could transport 1.3 million barrels of oil per day to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast…

Thursday
Aug112011

The Man-Made Miracle of Oil from Sand

Click here for complete article > Reason Magazine

August 9, 2011

Standing on the edge of the immense and spectacular pit of an oil sands mine for the first time last week, I was surprised by a sense of exhilaration. Later, seven stories up, equipped with earplugs, and clad in bright blue overalls, I marveled at the cascades of black bitumen froth bubbling over the sides of a separation cell like a giant witch’s cauldron. The scale of the enterprise and the sheer ingenuity involved in wresting value and sustenance from the hands of a stingy Mother Nature provoked in me a feeling close to glory…

Tuesday
Aug092011

New hotel to be constructed at Shaunavon, SK

Click here for complate article > Shaunavon Standard

August 3, 2011

The Canalta Group and The Town of Shaunavon have confirmed that a development agreement has been reached to develop a new Canalta Hotel in the community.

The Canalta Group is based in Drumheller, Alberta and has recently opened Canalta Hotel Properties in Weyburn, Moosomin, Tisdale and Humboldt. Canalta will also open another Canalta Hotel in Melfort in September, 2011…

Tuesday
Aug092011

Colorado: Oil, natural gas extraction is clean, says Gov

Click here for complete article > The Colorado Statesman

August 8, 2011

Gov. John Hickenlooper called negative reports concerning dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing “hyperbole,” arguing that there is no scientific fact to indicate that the oil and natural gas extraction process contaminates groundwater in Colorado…

Monday
Aug082011

Have We Seen the Last of the Federal Gas Tax?

Click here for complete article > The Infrastructuralist

August 8, 2011

Politico recently brought to our attention the possibility that lawmakers may let most the 18.4-cent federal gas tax expire at the end of September. Now it reports that this possibility has real legs — something we’ll all need if the tax is allowed to expire and the country’s roads lose their primary source of funding…

Friday
Aug052011

Guest Commentary: Energy in the West key to economic recovery

Click here for complete article > Denver Post by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, chairs the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade

August 5, 2011

As many Colorado families continue to lose jobs, homes, or even hope for a brighter future, they may not realize that one key to our nation's economic recovery lies right beneath them. Colorado and our Western neighbors are home to vast energy reserves that, if tapped and developed responsibly, could fuel our nation's economic recovery…

Thursday
Aug042011

Gas tax may be next Tea Party target

Click here for complete article > CNN Money

August 4, 2011

You may want to consider investing in some good shock absorbers for your car this fall.

Fresh from blocking any new tax increases during the debt ceiling debacle, some lawmakers in Congress may now oppose renewing the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel, which is used to maintain our nation’s highways.

The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents a gallon expires at the end of September. In order to keep the gas tax, lawmakers would need to vote to extend the highway funding bill, which is what the gas tax is tied to.

There are no official efforts to scrap the tax yet but as first noted in the journal Politco, momentum appears to be moving in that direction…

Thursday
Aug042011

The Bakken Boom: An Introduction to North Dakota’s Shale Oil

Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.

August 3, 2011

Like unconventional shale gas, unconventional shale oil is now becoming more and more conventional. The technology used to first extract natural gas from shale rock in the Marcellus and other shale gas plays has been fine-tuned and modified to extract oil from shale formations across the country, such as the Monterey play in California, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and most notably the Bakken in North Dakota...