November 27, 2012 |
What do Manhattan and Miami have in common with ancient Pompeii? They are doomed places where the residents cannot imagine that the good times will ever end. Superstorm Sandy got our attention -- like Mike Tyson walking into the house and punching our dog. And the certainty that more freakish, savage storms will pay a visit has made it tough for global-warming deniers to keep denying. But denial is not as tough to reckon with as obliviousness. Being oblivious to approaching doom is a consistent human trait.
July 17, 2005 |
When Alberta Premier Ralph Klein toured China last year and invited business leaders to visit the Canadian province's oil sand deposits, he didn't expect an immediate response. But when Klein returned home a week later, Chinese executives were already making the rounds in Alberta, where the oil sands region is roughly the size of Florida and is believed to contain the richest reserves after Saudi Arabia. The executives' quick response paid off.
October 30, 1988
The scare tactics being used in the campaign to prohibit Occidental Petroleum Corp. from drilling two exploratory oil wells in Pacific Palisades include the claim that if the project is approved there will be no way to keep oil rigs out of Santa Monica Bay itself. But that argument is no more valid than to argue that cutting a tree on the outskirts of Eureka means that the Redwood National Park will be logged.
December 13, 2012
"Dilbit" - drop the word in casual conversation and listeners might think you're talking about the comic strip engineer who can't get a date. But dilbit actually stands for "diluted bitumen," a heretofore obscure oil industry term that may soon be trending on your search engine as controversy deepens over the Keystone XL pipeline, a project to carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Texas that has become the nation's most contentious battle between conservative fossil fuel backers and liberal environmentalists.
July 26, 2012 |
Exxon Mobil Corp.andOccidental Petroleum Corp.said second-quarter earnings took a hit from lower oil and natural gas prices, a pattern that analysts expect to be repeated throughout the energy industry. But in an economy that is struggling to gain momentum, the oil business is still posting numbers that many others would love to have. Exxon Mobil, in fact, reported record profits, but it needed the help of asset sales to do it. Analysts said the stage for this week's earnings reports was set when oil declined nearly 9% and natural gas plunged 46% during the quarter compared with year-earlier prices.
April 4, 2013 |
In March, the State Department gave the president cover to open a big spigot that will hitch our country to one of the dirtiest fuels on Earth for 40 years or more. The draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline acknowledges tar sands are nasty stuff for the environment, but concludes that the project is OK because this oil will get to market anyway - with or without a pipeline. A public comment period is underway through April 22, after which the department will prepare a final statement to help the administration decide whether the pipeline is in the "national interest.
June 24, 2008 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Monday that it was buying a stake in a major Canadian oil-sands project and had signed 30-year agreements with Libya's national oil company to upgrade its existing oil contracts. Westwood-based Occidental agreed to buy Enerplus Resources Fund's 15% interest in the Joslyn oil-sands lease in Alberta for $491 million to capitalize on Canadian production. The acquisition represents 370 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves, Occidental said. The company said it expected to spend $2 billion to develop the reserves "over a number of years."
October 21, 2013 |
FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada - In the Cree language, the word "athabasca" means "a place where grass is everywhere. " Here in Alberta, the Athabasca River slices through forests of spruce and birch before spilling into a vast freshwater delta and Lake Athabasca. But 100 miles upstream, the boreal forest has been peeled back by enormous strip mines, where massive shovels pick up 100 tons of earth at a time and dump it into yellow trucks as big as houses. The tarry bitumen that is extracted is eventually shipped to refineries, many in the United States, to be processed into gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
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February 22, 1990 |
Just when it appeared that efforts to mop up the Orange County oil spill were winding down, authorities feared Wednesday that a thin vein of crude may have seeped into the sand along a broad stretch of shoreline, threatening to indefinitely delay the opening of beaches.
August 1, 2007 |
Marathon Oil Corp. is poised to break into Canada's growing oil-sands market, announcing Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Western Oil Sands Inc. for $5.5 billion in cash and stock. Shareholders of Western Oil, based in Calgary, Canada, will get $3.6 billion in cash and $1.9 billion in Marathon stock. Marathon also will assume $650 million in Western Oil debt, valuing the total deal at about $6.2 billion.