REPORT: Keystone XL Assessment (EnSys/DOE)

In June 2010, EnSys Energy was contracted by the Department of Energy Office of Policy & International Affairs to conduct an evaluation of the impacts on U.S. and global refining, trade and oil markets of the Keystone XL project to bring additional Canadian crudes, including oil sands, into the U.S. The study was conducted in […]

REPORT: Special Review of the Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Process (U.S. State Dept)

On September 19, 2008, TransCanada submitted a Presidential permit application to the Department of State (Department) for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Keystone XL is a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Department is responsible for reviewing such applications for cross-border oil pipelines by virtue of the Presidential delegation […]

STUDY: Economic Impacts of Staged Development of Oil Sands Projects in Alberta (CERI)

The worldwide economic recession that hit in 2008 affected the Canadian oil sands significantly. But close to three years later the industry is once again expanding, with a number of major projects under development and still more proposed for the future. Pipelines, or other transportation means such as increased rail haulage, will soon be required […]

STUDY: The Canadian Oil Sands Energy Security vs. Climate Change (Council on Foreign Relations)

Half a decade of high and volatile oil prices alongside increasingly dire warnings of climatic disaster have pushed energy security and climate change steadily up the U.S. policy agenda. Rhetoric in Washington has emphasized opportunities to deal with both challenges at once. But energy security and climate change do not always align: many impor- tant […]

STUDY: North American Oil Sands – History of Development, Prospects for the Future (CRS)

When it comes to future reliable oil supplies, Canada’s oil sands will likely account for a greater share of U.S. oil imports. Oil sands account for about 46% of Canada’s total oil production and oil sands production is increasing as conventional oil production declines. Since 2004, when a substantial portion of Canada’s oil sands were […]

STUDY: The Role of the Canadian Oil Sands in the US Market (IHS CERA)

A key uncertainty about the future role of the Canadian oil sands is whether the US government will allow production from Canada to expand its reach into the United States. The US Department of State (DoS) is reviewing the application by TransCanada to build a pipeline from alberta, Canada, to the US Gulf Coast. For the […]