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Report suggests shipping Alberta oil Through the Arctic


(An Arctic Energy Gateway for Alberta/Canatec)

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Alberta wants to get its oil from the oilsands to foreign markets. But so far, most plans for new pipelines face significant opposition. In B.C., First Nations, environmentalists, and even governments threaten to hold up the Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain projects. In the U.S., President Barack Obama keeps delaying a decision on Keystone XL. And east of Alberta, the proposed Energy East pipeline is still a few steps away from hearings, but will likely face opposition when it gets there. So if Alberta’s neighbours are reluctant to let its oil through, what to do?

 

“Polar environments of extreme cold, seasonal darkness, remoteness, sea ice and icebergs create challenging construction operation conditions. However, there is no doubt that the technology exists to make all transportation system components…work.”


Wim Jolles Scott Tiffin, Canatec Associates

Scott Tiffin says the solution is easy: go north. He says not only is it possible to transport bitumen from the oilsands, through the Arctic, and out to other markets, but doing so would help develop new industry in both Alberta and the north. Scott Tiffin co-wrote a report for the government of Alberta saying just that, and he joined Jim to make the case for “An Arctic Energy Gateway for Alberta.”

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