Calumet eyes Great Lakes transport for Albertan bitumen

With oil transportation infrastructure in North America strained and Albertan oil having a tough time getting to market, Calumet Specialty Product Partners' (CLMT) plan to upgrade a dock in Lake Superior to load bitumen onto barges and ship it through the Great Lakes to other refineries could signal a trend in the industry.

If approved, the new plan could bring considerable risks: Unlike normal oil, bitumen is heavier than water and sinks, making cleanup far more difficult, and the Great Lakes provides drinking water for more than 40M North Americans.

Environmentalists may be causing more long-run harm than good by trying to block pipelines such as Keystone XL, Northern Gateway and Energy East, since it is forcing energy companies to consider options potentially far more environmentally devastating than pipelines,'s Rory Johnson writes.

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  • Trader's Profit Compass
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    Environmentalists have no shortage of things to worry about. There is always something.....sigh
    2 Jan 2014, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • jmjjmj1
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    yea why worry about 40M peoples drinking water I am sure after the spill they will have already bought water rights so they can sell you fresh water...I am no environmentalist but corporations have no soul, thanks citizens united, yeahhhh!
    2 Jan 2014, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • mike grace
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    You said you are no environmentalist , but you knew off the top of your head the name of the environmental group that was opposing this. The article does not mention them. Are you sure you are no environmentalist ?
    3 Jan 2014, 10:29 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Environmentalists are fools. They exploit any situation for headlines and ignore reality by forcing companies to take more costly, more environmentally risky routes.


    The product WILL get shipped, and if environmentalists ever grow a brain stems, they will work toward viable solutions instead of keeping their empty heads in the sand.
    2 Jan 2014, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • EKL
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    Here Here!
    2 Jan 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
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