Alberta Oil December 2010

December 01, 2010

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Cover Package: Frontiers
The arrival of drilling rigs in Quebec has stoked fierce opposition to a budding shale gas exploration program in a region better known for hydroelectric power. At the center of the fray is Michael Binnion and Questerre Energy Corp., whose foray into hostile territory leads our roundup of big ideas on the cusp of industrial progress

Plugging In
Shale gas stokes a digital dust-up in Quebec
by Jeff Lewis

The Age of Plenty
Abundant, low-cost natural gas is rewriting the energy playbook
by Gordon Jaremko

Clark’s Great Hope
Making reclamation routine in the bitumen belt
by Gordon Jaremko

HOT TOPICS

Economics
Defending carbon capture and storage, despite the uncertainty
by Patrycja Romanowska

Entrepreneurs
Canadian Horizontal Drilling Ltd. stares down mountains to get the job done

Environment
The Supreme Court lays down the law on the duty to consult

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Log
Exploring the myth of the oil curse

Observer
Northern Spoils; Comeback Crews; Safety Check

Services
Oilfield contractors dispell the Big Oil caricature

Advances
Collaborative design may be the key to speeding up pipeline approvals

Policy
Why urban greenhouse gas emissions matter

Transactions
Trade protectionist policies go green

Champions
Calgary boasts no shortage of geomatic talent

Alternatives
Alberta’s hydro facilities are beginning to show their age

Final Words
Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers founder Leroy Field talks drill-bit love

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