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  •  How does that work? (0+ / 0-)

    Boundary Lake is on the Alberta-BC border.  The Athabasca tar sands projects are near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, about 400 miles away.

    Alaska natural gas can't feasibly feed the bitumen-separation plants in the 'sands projects unless they're connected to the existing TransCanada pipe network, or if a trans-Alberta pipeline is built specifically for that purpose.  The TransCanada Pipelines website seems to sell the proposed pipeline's connection to the existing network as a 'feature.'

    The concerns about native rights are not just in Alberta, either.  First Nations in the Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta all will likely have a say in whether such a project goes ahead;  and rightly so.  But if you want a reference as to how complicated that could be, just look at the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, done during the mid-70s.

    And just to be a stickler on the technical parts here -- the tar sands projects don't extract oil.  They extract raw bitumen, most of which is then shipped to the United States for upgrading and processing into useful fuel and petrochemicals.  That's done at facilities like the BP Whiting refinery near Chicago, and the ConocoPhillips plant near Billings, Montana.

    •  I was wrong... (0+ / 0-)

      They extract raw bitumen, most of which is then shipped to the United States for upgrading and processing into useful fuel and petrochemicals.

      This is incorrect;  around 30% is actually exported to the United States, not 'most.'  Unfortunately, I had read my source for that incorrectly.

      My mistake.

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