Greening of Canadian Oil Sands: A View Across the Border

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September 15, 2011

Bituminous sands, or "oil sands," in Canada supply much of the crude used in the United States. The Keystone XL project, if approved, would nearly double imports of crude from western Canada. Many policymakers favor the use of the Canadian product because it reduces domestic reliance on Middle Eastern oil imports. Environmentalists have expressed concerns about the adverse environmental impacts of oil sands extraction which include deforestation, water quality and resource impacts, air pollution, and the larger greenhouse gas footprint created by the extraction process. With technology improvements, these impacts have diminished, but many questions remain. This seminar will provide an overview of law and policy of Canadian oil sands extraction, as it compares to the United States resource extraction regime.




  • Louis A. Naugle, Partner, Reed Smith LLP (moderator)
  • Jennifer Grant, Oilsands Program Director, The Pembina Institute
  • Lisa Jamieson, Senior Environmental Counsel, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Lisa Sadownik, Section Head, Clean Energy Policy, Alberta Environment
  • Tim Shipton, President, Alberta Enterprise Group

To reserve, e-mail Please reserve by September 13, 2011. There is no charge to participate in the teleconference, but you must RSVP. RSVPs should include: name of registrant and email address. Teleconference information and links to any materials will be emailed one business day prior to the event.

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