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Minister says EU was behind oil sands opposition

CALGARY Alberta's energy minister said on Wednesday that the European Union is the organization he referred to when he asserted that some international groups were using the environment as a guise to erect trade barriers.

Suncor CEO bets on oil sands growth

CALGARY, Alberta As Suncor Energy Inc's first and only chief executive, Rick George has made some big gambles as he took a small spinoff from a U.S. refiner and built it into North America's fifth-largest energy company and a dominant player in the oil sands. | Video

Native groups vow to fight pipeline

VANCOUVER Aboriginal groups on Canada's Pacific Coast vowed on Tuesday to block Enbridge Inc's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to carry oil sands crude to export markets including China.


Oil sands environmental debate seen more divisive

CALGARY Canada's oil sands producers have pledged to improve their environmental records and do a better job communicating their efforts to the public, but environmentalists say they see no commitment to real change.


Minister sees hidden agenda behind oil sands foes

CALGARY Some international groups behind campaigns opposing Canadian oil sands development are actually trying to erect trade barriers under the guise of protecting the environment, Alberta Energy Minister Ron Liepert said on Tuesday.


Oil sand producers girded for next labor shortage

CALGARY Albertan oil sands producers want to avoid relying on foreigners to meet skilled-labor shortages that emerge in the future, even if workers from abroad remain a useful safety valve for managing wage costs.


Enbridge sees Midwest as best market

CALGARY, Alberta The U.S. Gulf Coast, once seen as the largest new market for expanding production from Canada's oil sands, may not need as much oil as thought, Steve Wuori, executive vice-president of pipeline operator Enbridge Inc said on Tuesday.


CAPP sticks to oil sands growth forecasts

CALGARY, Alberta Oil production from Canadian oil sands projects is likely to remain close to a forecast issued last year by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, an executive with the industry lobby group said on Tuesday.


Oil Sands quotes of the day

CALGARY Following are comments from industry executives at the Reuters Oil Sands Summit on Tuesday.

Greenpeace plans more actions in oil sands

CALGARY Greenpeace plans to launch more short-term actions to disrupt production in the Canadian oil sands over frustration with government handling of the industry, an activist with the environmental watchdog organization said on Tuesday.


Oil sands output forecast halved since boom

CALGARY Only half the Canadian oil sands production forecast from projects proposed before the recession is still expected to come on stream despite a recent rebound in development activity, an analyst said on Tuesday.


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