Development of Canada’s oil sands is at a crossroads
The discovery and development of Canada’s oil sands represents a tremendous opportunity for continental energy independence. But because Canada has under-invested in its pipeline and refinery infrastructure, the oil from the oil sands cannot get to its buyers easily. That leaves the resource essentially landlocked without additional rail and pipeline transportation. Canadians have mapped out dozens of proposed pipeline alternatives in Canada and the US to get their product to a global customer. However, environmentalists and landowners in both Canada and the United States are putting up an intense fight, leaving Canada’s oil sands currently at a crossroads.