Alberta Oil Sands Book

Alberta Oil Sands

  • Author :
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Release Date : 2012-11-07
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9780080977676

Alberta Oil Sands Book Description :

At 170 billion barrels, Canada's Oil Sands are the third largest reserves of developable oil in the world. The Oil Sands now produce about 1.6 million barrels per day, with production expected to double by 2025 to about 3.7 million barrels per day. The Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) in northeastern Alberta is the largest of the three oil sands deposits. Bitumen in the oil sands is recovered through one of two primary methods – mining and drilling. About 20 per cent of the reserves are close to the surface and can be mined using large shovels and trucks. Of concern are the effects of the industrial development on the environment. Both human-made and natural sources emit oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, trace elements and persistent organic compounds. Of additional concern are ground level ozone and greenhouse gases. Because of the requirement on operators to comply with the air quality regulatory policies, and to address public concerns, the not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) has since 1997 been closely monitoring air quality in AOSR. In 2008, WBEA assembled a distinguished group of international scientists who have been conducting measurements and practical research on various aspects of air emissions and their potential effects on terrestrial receptors. This book is a synthesis of the concepts and results of those on-going studies. It contains 19 chapters ranging from a global perspective of energy production, measurement methodologies and behavior of various air pollutants during fossil fuel production in a boreal forest ecosystem, towards designing and deploying a multi-disciplinary, proactive, and long-term environmental monitoring system that will also meet regulatory expectations. Covers measurement of emissions from very large industrial sources in a region with huge international media profile Validation of measurement technologies can be applied globally The new approaches to ecological monitoring described c

Developing Alberta s Oil Sands Book

Developing Alberta s Oil Sands

  • Author : Paul Anthony Chastko
  • Publisher : University of Calgary Press
  • Release Date : 2004-01
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781552381243

Developing Alberta s Oil Sands Book Description :

Alberta's oil sands represent a vast and untapped oil reserve that could reasonably supply all of Canada's energy needs for the next 475 years. With an estimated 300 billion barrels of recoverable oil at stake, the quest to develop this natural resource has been undertaken by many powerful actors, both nationally and internationally. Using research that integrates the economic, political, scientific, and business factors that have been influential in discovering and developing the sands, this book provides a comprehensive history of the oil sands project and a window on the nature of the complex relationships between industry, government, and transnational players. This book is the first comprehensive volume to examine the origins and development of the oil sands industry over the last century.

Ethical Oil Book

Ethical Oil

  • Author : Ezra Levant
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart Limited
  • Release Date : 2011-05
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771046438

Ethical Oil Book Description :

Canada's "no. 1 defender of freedom of speech" and the bestselling author of Shakedown makes the timely and provocative case that when it comes to oil, ethics matter just as much as the economy and the environment. In 2009, Ezra Levant's bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada's human rights commissions and was declared the "most important public affairs book of the year." In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may be aware of the financial and environmental price we pay for a gallon of gas or a barrel of oil, Levant argues that it is time we consider ethical factors as well. With his trademark candor, Levant asks hard-hitting questions: With the oil sands at our disposal, is it ethically responsible to import our oil from the Sudan, Russia, and Mexico? How should we weigh carbon emissions with human rights violations in Saudi Arabia? And assuming that we can't live without oil, can the development of energy be made more environmentally sustainable? In Ethical Oil, Levant exposes the hypocrisy of the West's dealings with the reprehensible regimes from which we purchase the oil that sustains our lifestyles, and offers solutions to this dilemma. Readers at all points on the political spectrum will want to read this timely and provocative new book, which is sure to spark debate. From the Hardcover edition.

Tar Sands Book
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Tar Sands

  • Author : Andrew Nikiforuk
  • Publisher : Greystone Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2010-08-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781553656272

Tar Sands Book Description :

Tar Sands critically examines the frenzied development in the Canadian tar sands and the far-reaching implications for all of North America. Bitumen, the sticky stuff that ancients used to glue the Tower of Babel together, is the world’s most expensive hydrocarbon. This difficult-to-find resource has made Canada the number-one supplier of oil to the United States, and every major oil company now owns a lease in the Alberta tar sands. The region has become a global Deadwood, complete with rapturous engineers, cut-throat cocaine dealers, Muslim extremists, and a huge population of homeless individuals. In this award-winning book, a Canadian bestseller, journalist Andrew Nikiforuk exposes the disastrous environmental, social, and political costs of the tar sands, arguing forcefully for change. This updated edition includes new chapters on the most energy-inefficient tar sands projects (the steam plants), as well as new material on the controversial carbon cemeteries and nuclear proposals to accelerate bitumen production.

The Patch Book

The Patch

  • Author : Chris Turner
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-09-19
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501115097

The Patch Book Description :

"In its heyday, the oilsands represented an industrial triumph and the culmination of a century of innovation, experiment, engineering, policy, and finance. Fort McMurray was a boomtown, the centre of a new gold rush, and the oilsands were reshaping the global energy, political, and financial landscapes. The future seemed limitless for the city and those who drew their wealth from the bitumen-rich wilderness. But in 2008, a new narrative for the oilsands emerged. As financial markets collapsed and the scientific reality of the Patch's effect on the environment became clear, the region turned into a boogeyman and a lightning rod for the global movement combatting climate change. Suddenly, the streets of Fort McMurray were the front line of a high-stakes collision between two conflicting worldviews--one of industrial triumph and another of environmental stewardship--each backed by major players on the world stage. The Patch is the seminal account of this ongoing conflict, showing just how far the oilsands reaches into all of our lives. From Fort Mac to the Bakken shale country of North Dakota, from Houston to London, from Saudi Arabia to the shores of Brazil, the whole world is connected in this enterprise. And it requires us to ask the question: In order to both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about the Patch?"--

Beautiful Destruction Book

Beautiful Destruction

  • Author :
  • Publisher : Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771600545

Beautiful Destruction Book Description :

The Alberta oil/tar sands are a place of superlatives, of awesome beauty and equally awesome destruction. They are a kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours and patterns keeping time with the seemingly unstoppable movement of machinery, smoke and effluent set in an immense boreal landscape with its own immutable patterns, cadence and cycles. Beautiful Destruction is a large-format, high-quality photography book that uses over 100 stunning, full-colour aerial photographs to transcend the polarities that dominate public discourse of the largest industrial project in North America: the Alberta oil/tar sands. With short essays by renowned personalities Bill McKibben, Charles Wilkinson, Duff Connacher, Elizabeth May, Eric Reguly, Ezra Levant, Jennifer Grant, Rick George, Gil McGowan, Allan Adam, Megan Leslie and Francis Scarpaleggia from both sides of the oil/tar sands debate discussing the artistic, industrial and environmental perceptions of northern Alberta's petroleum-based mega-project, Beautiful Destruction is one of the most ambitious, provocative and unique photography projects to be published in years.

The Alberta Oil Sands Then and Now Book

The Alberta Oil Sands Then and Now

  • Author : J. Paskey
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 108
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:863123403

The Alberta Oil Sands Then and Now Book Description :

A detailed study of dozens of documents pertaining to the Alberta oil sands produced by the Alberta government over the past 40 years shows the government's perspective regarding this vast resource has undergone a major shift. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Alberta government initiated detailed studies and scientific investigations to better determine oil sands policy. By the mid-1990s documents suggest the government had abandoned that role in favour of promotion and marketing of the oil sands. It is quite clear from government documents produced in the 1970s that most of the economic, environmental, and social impacts associated with rapid expansion of oil sands operations (often referred to as tar sands in the 1970s) were anticipated. Various studies and surveys were also undertaken by the government of the day to determine how to avoid these negative impacts.

Extracting Home in the Oil Sands Book

Extracting Home in the Oil Sands

  • Author : Clinton N. Westman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-12-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351127448

Extracting Home in the Oil Sands Book Description :

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s most important energy sources and the subject of global attention in relation to climate change and pollution. This volume engages ethnographically with key issues concerning the oil sands by working from anthropological literature and beyond to explore how people struggle to make and hold on to diverse senses of home in the region. The contributors draw on diverse fieldwork experiences with communities in Alberta that are affected by the oil sands industry. Through a series of case studies, they illuminate the complexities inherent in the entanglements of race, class, Indigeneity, gender, and ontological concerns in a regional context characterized by extreme extraction. The chapters are unified in a common concern for ethnographically theorizing settler colonialism, sentient landscapes, and multispecies relations within a critical political ecology framework and by the prominent role that extractive industries play in shaping new relations between Indigenous Peoples, the state, newcomers, corporations, plants, animals, and the land.

Alberta s Oil Sands Book

Alberta s Oil Sands

  • Author : Alberta
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2008-01-01
  • Genre: Oil sands
  • Pages : 17
  • ISBN 10 : 0778573486

Alberta s Oil Sands Book Description :

Oil sands are naturally occurring mixtures of sand or clay, water and a thick, heavy type of petroleum called bitumen. Alberta contains the largest concentration of oil sands in the world. This booklet outlines the steps being taken by the Alberta government and industry to develop the oil sands in an environmentally sound way. It presents information on: Alberta's vision for developing one of the world's largest deposits of oil; legislation and policies that protect water, air, land and ecosystems in the oil sands region; steps taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production; and the economic value of this industry across Canada.--Document.

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada Book

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada

  • Author : Meenal Shrivastava
  • Publisher : Athabasca University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771990295

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada Book Description :

In Democracy in Alberta: The Theory and Practice of a Quasi-Party System, published in 1953, C. B. Macpherson explored the nature of democracy in a province that was dominated by a single class of producers. At the time, Macpherson was talking about Alberta farmers, but today the province can still be seen as a one-industry economy—the 1947 discovery of oil in Leduc having inaugurated a new era. For all practical purposes, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta also remains a one-party state. Not only has there been little opposition to a government that has been in power for over forty years, but Alberta ranks behind other provinces in terms of voter turnout, while also boasting some of the lowest scores on a variety of social welfare indicators. The contributors to Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy critically assess the political peculiarities of Alberta and the impact of the government’s relationship to the oil industry on the lives of the province’s most vulnerable citizens. They also examine the public policy environment and the entrenchment of neoliberal political ideology in the province. In probing the relationship between oil dependency and democracy in the context of an industrialized nation, Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy offers a crucial test of the “oil inhibits democracy” thesis that has hitherto been advanced in relation to oil-producing countries in the Global South. If reliance on oil production appears to undermine democratic participation and governance in Alberta, then what does the Alberta case suggest for the future of democracy in industrialized nations such as the United States and Australia, which are now in the process of exploiting their own substantial shale oil reserves? The environmental consequences of oil production have, for example, been the subject of much attention. Little is likely to change, however, if citizens of oil-rich countries cannot effectively intervene to influence government policy.



  • Author : Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Alberta
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105043083398

AOSTRA Book Description :

AOSTRA (Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority) was established in June 1974 to fund and coordinate technology development and dissemination in the oil sands industry. This portfolio of achievement details 15 years of accomplishment in the development of Alberta's oil sands and heavy oil resources, and in the enhanced recovery from conventional oil fields.

Global Environmental Harm Book

Global Environmental Harm

  • Author : Rob White
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134030385

Global Environmental Harm Book Description :

This book brings together original cutting edge work that deals with global environmental harm from a wide variety of geographical and critical perspectives. The topics covered in the book are global, regional and local in nature, although in each case there are clear transnational or global dimensions. The book explores topics that provide theoretical, methodological and substantive insights into the nature and dynamics of environmental harm, and the transference of this harm across regions, continents and globally. Specific topics include the criminal nature of global warming, an ethnographic study of pollution and consciousness of environmental harm, environmental destruction associated with huge industrial developments, chaos theory and environmental social justice, de-forestation as a global phenomenon, illegal trade in endangered species, and transference of toxicity. The collection as a whole reinforces the importance of eco-global criminology as a dynamic paradigm for theory and action on environmental issues in the 21st century. The criminological perspectives presented herein are important both in discerning the nature and complexities of global environmental harms and, ultimately, in forging responses to them.

The Tar Sands Book

The Tar Sands

  • Author : Larry Pratt
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1976
  • Genre: Energy policy
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 0888300980

The Tar Sands Book Description :

Political background to the Syncrude project and development of the Athabasca oil sands.

Oil Sands Scientist  The Letters of Karl A  Clark  1920 1949 Book

Oil Sands Scientist The Letters of Karl A Clark 1920 1949

  • Author : Mary Clark Sheppard
  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN 10 : 0888642288

Oil Sands Scientist The Letters of Karl A Clark 1920 1949 Book Description :

This collection of leters from the early 1920s to the late 1940s by Dr. Karl A. Clark chronicles the development of the hot water separation process for producing oil from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta.

Upgrading Oilsands Bitumen and Heavy Oil Book

Upgrading Oilsands Bitumen and Heavy Oil

  • Author : Murray R. Gray
  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Release Date : 2015-04-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781772120226

Upgrading Oilsands Bitumen and Heavy Oil Book Description :

"The emphasis throughout is to link the fundamentals of the molecules through to the economic drivers for the industry, because this combination determines the technology used for processing."-From the Introduction The high demand for quality petroleum products necessitates ongoing innovation in the science and engineering underlying oilsands extraction and upgrading. Beginning with a thorough grounding in the composition, fluid properties, reaction behaviour, and economics of bitumen and heavy oil, Murray Gray then delves into current processing technologies, particularly those used at full commercial scale. The tables of data on composition, yield, and behaviour of oilsands bitumen and heavy oil fractions are extensive. Though the focus is on bitumen from Alberta's oilsands-the largest resource in the world-the science applies to upgrading of heavy oil and petroleum residue feeds worldwide. Upgrading Oilsands Bitumen and Heavy Oil lays out the current best practice for engineers and scientists in the oilsands and refining industries, government personnel, academics, and students.