U6 Energy

Below are some links to interesting videos about the exploration of Canada’s oil sands. While you watch them, consider the following questions:

  1. Why is there a lot of interest in the oil sands?
  2. What impact will this exploration have on energy security? (for Canada? for the Middle East? for the rest of the world?)
  3. What are the environmental concerns surrounding the exploration of oil sand? Are these founded? / Is there any evidence of environmental damage or degradation?

We will watch some of these in class, but you should aim to watch the rest in your own time.

Turning oil into salt – 3 parts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07TIgIe_Hjo)

Megastructures Canada’s Ultimate Oil Sands Mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNVXlxMaPNM)

Walking on oil – Alberta’s oil sands TV documentary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=palyYInSn64)

To the last drop: Canada’s dirty oil sands – 2 parts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61X4IQqnmd0)

Oil sands at a crossroads (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsyEnkb0Gn0)

Canada’s oil sands – come see for yourself – 2 parts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGD1N-Vix4)

Shale oil – the rush for black gold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_T-AwYOhp4)

I encourage you to leave your comments on this post.



U6 Energy – Potential impacts of oil and gas developments in the Arctic

Read through this interesting report about the potential impacts of proposed oil and gas development on the Arctic Refuge’s coastal plain.


There is also lots more information about the Arctic Refuge on their website – http://www.fws.gov/refuge/arctic/  

Also have a look at this lecture – ‘Oil exploration in the Arctic – Professor Alastair Fraser’ (Imperial College, London) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4tAoQydpIA