Tar Sands World for the week (January 7, 2014)

A separate economic note brought a slightly older story to light for me today. It seems that in Mongolia last June, which is just two months after the announcement of new mining contracts with US company Genie Energy to extract kerogen-based oil shale, Mongolian start up corporation HB Oil announced a deal to buy into a refinery by the name of Sungri in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or north Korea.


At the time of the announcement the link to the oil shale developments was not made, however Chinese influenced Mongolian MAK and Genie have now been linked to the possible future feedstock of the DPRK located refinery. Accordingly, it seems that US owned and Zionist-conceived Genie Energy (whose advisory board includes Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild and Dick Cheney, among other prominents of reaction) may now be teaming up in a round about way (Mongolia has nearly no known conventional oil) to open up the “final frontier” of commercial oil to decimate the climate.


The plans of HB Oil are to export a crude of some sort to northern Korea, likely by rail, and then return to Mongolia with a refined product. That the DPRK could collaborate with US interests shows an ideological bent to establishing extreme oil as the highest virtue. Either way, this “special economic zone” of the DPRK will now be yet another dark hole in google earth.


And elsewhere…


The People’s Republic of China continues to expand their own oil shale capacity. Announcements of new oil shale reserves (apparently over 1 billion recoverable tonnes) has been accompanied by also announcing a new retorting facility to be constructed. China is alone with Brazil and Estonia as places that currently are commercial with kerogen-based extraction for fake oil. Along with Eesti Energia in Jordan, China’s expansion of their oil shale operations is more than a little ominous. But these two stories were drowned out in oil shale terms by the announcement out of the US.


The international news from Utah regarding oil shale should have anyone concerned with climate in North America utterly irate. Red Leaf– with some BS called “ecoshale”– plans to open a commercial oil shale mine in Utah, and has approval now.


This is climate shattering in the scientific fact sense. The tar sands of Canada alone have been rightly labeled the make or break point on climate, simply because of the amount of carbon they add into an already coal-oil-etc addled atmosphere. Fracked oil has seriously challenged this in a devastating way. Yet these two will ultimately be nothing if the expansion of oil shale in the United States continues. Oil shale reserves could reach over 1 trillion barrels of fake oil recoverable, some say much more. It’s harder to get out of the ground and the rock formations than tar sands– it is not recoverable in an energy friendly manner. What it is likely to do to water and certain to do to energy (never mind the land itself) is incomprehensible.


We hear “time is up” “game over” and all that rhetoric all the time in a climate capacity, as well we should in some ways– but perhaps the real one happened there. The world ends in Utah? But the developers who want to try the Utah gambit are also the ones in Estonia, China and currently about to start something in Mongolia.


A different bunch may be also trying to expand extreme extraction in another different place. Trinidad and Tobago saw their Energy minister rattle off a list of 35 quarry licenses (for various deposits and materials) and a “provisional” one for tar sands mining. Last year Trinidad saw the same man talking with Canada’s PM Harper alongside the Trini one, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The three people spoke about following the Canadian model for successful tar sands mining. No one interrupted with dark, gallows laughter.


Trinidad has been hit with a high number of dangerous oil spills, among such in the areas where tar sands would be dug up and people would be evacuated en masse. The plot is thickening in the situation, and the government is continuing to hold their hands close to their chests, as denials about tar sands development have been issued at home almost as often as lavishing praise on the idea has occurred internationally.


Personally, I would look to the handling of the spill by the government as evidence of what could happen on a much larger scale were they to undertake tar sands mining in an area as densely populated as La Brea and surrounding villages. First order of business, it seems, is for the government to open a real discussion with the population about what is being done behind the scenes. They are doing it with the Canadian government, and based on the anti-democratic nature of Ottawa that can only be a sign of disrespect for the people of the south in Trinidad.