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Should crude oil from Alberta be refined in Alberta?

Shortly before the demise of the Alberta Conservative dynasty when they were morphed out – or is it smurfed out – of office by a then and still now palpitating NDP political offering, it was decided that Alberta oil sands crude should be refined in Alberta and thus the Sturgeon refinery.

This facility would process 78,000 bpd of bitumen into diesel fuel only with the bitumen supplied by the Alberta government on a royalty-in-kind basis, and then the same government would pay a tolling fee to refine it which amounts to $26 billion over 30 years.

The “plan” concludes with the diesel fuel being sold locally at market prices, forgetting that the Edmonton and Alberta market is over supplied already and light miles from the U.S. Midwest market.

At the announcement of the refinery launch in 2013, the chief executive of the project was adamant that the cost would max out at $5.7 billion. As of June 27, 2017, that cost has now stratosphered to $9.3 billion (remember that number), which has that same executive and most of the government scrambling for the delete key, which has become as elusive as the lost-in- the-cushions remote.

Things get really embarrassing when this week foreign owned but Calgary based Husky Energy announced the purchase of the 50,000 bpd Calumet refinery in Superior Wisconsin for, wait for it…. $435 million or a fraction of today’s estimated cost of the still under construction Sturgeon refinery.

The Wisconsin facility actively produces (note not will produce or is thought to produce) not just diesel but also gasoline, asphalt, and heavy fuel oils. The feedstock, which is Alberta’s Western Canadian Select will come in direct via the Enbridge line from Hardisty, Alberta.

Other than Husky Energy funding, there is no financial encumbrance from any level of government, resulting in no burden on the tax paying electorate of the state of Wisconsin.

Finally, this refinery is near the U.S. agricultural and industrial heartland with delivery to their customer base by rail car or tanker truck so the infrastructure puzzle isn’t a puzzle at all – it’s already solved.

I am often asked by media why our government doesn’t nationalize our oil industry as it’s claimed that we, the taxpaying consumers, are being shafted by the oil companies.

My past answer used to be, “just look at the economic basket cases Mexico and Venezuela.” The response was “yeah but that’s nothing like what it’s like here in Canada.”

My answer now would be go to the top of this page and start reading again because it’s what happens when the government of the people are the ones that shaft the people.

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Attempted HEB robbery ends in police chase and arrests in southwest Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —

A tow truck driver is being credited with tackling one of four robbers who held up a grocery store pharmacy in southwest Houston early Monday.

Investigators say four men targeted the H-E-B on Buffalo Speedway and Bissonnet around 3 Monday morning.

Houston police say employees saw the masked men using crowbars to break into the front of the store. The employees ran into the back and called 911.

The men broke into the pharmacy, but when they left one was tackled by a wrecker driver.

That suspect was taken into custody.

Two others were able to run away and a fourth suspect jumped into a white SUV and lead officers on a chase that lasted at least half an hour.

Houston Transtar cameras picked up the chase as it made its way along the Southwest Freeway up the 610 West Loop.

The driver then continued onto the North Loop.

Police say the suspect continued all the way to Wayside, where he made a U-turn on the feeder road and eventually turned down a one way street. The suspect hit a fence before finally stopping and being taken into custody.

Eventually the driver pulled down a one-way street at Quitman and Wayne, where he jumped out and was arrested.
We are hearing the suspects may have taken Promethazine, which is usually mixed with Codeine in cough syrup.

No injuries were reported.

Police say an H-E-B on Fry Road was broken into as well. They are investigating to see if the break-ins are connected.

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References

  1. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
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  3. ^ Report a typo to the ABC13 staff (abc13.formstack.com)
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Truck driver receives commendation from Indonesian police for uploading video of officers asking for bribe

While the Indonesian police have promised many reforms to clean up their notoriously corrupt institution, many people remain afraid to openly accuse the police of misconduct for fear of reprisal. But when a video of police officers in South Kalimantan shamelessly asking for a bribe went viral recently, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian ordered the local police to investigate the incident and reward the uploader[1] if it turned out to be real.

The video was shot on Aug 8 and shows two officers of the South Labuan Amas Police in South Kalimantan extorting a bribe from a truck driver referred to as Cecep. The senior officer comes to the door, cigarette in mouth, and immediately asks the driver for money. The driver offers Rp 50,000 but the officer refuses. They start haggling and eventually the driver agrees to give Rp 100,000.

Seorang sopir truk yang mengaku bernama Cecep, merekam aksi oknum anggota Polisi nakal yang melakukan pungli. Sambil basa-basi tanya nama, oknum Polisi tersebut langsung menanyakan, “berapa ngasih, Cecep?. Cecep menawarkan, Rp 50 ribu, tapi ditolak mentah-mentah. . Sempat terjadi tawar-menawar, akhirnya sopir terpaksa memberikan uang Rp 100 ribu kepada oknum anggota Polisi tersebut. Namun, belum diketahui pasti, dimana kejadian pemalakan itu. Sejak di share di media sosial Facebook, video ini langsung viral. . Tim Saber Pungli harus bertindak tegas nih..😎 _______ Jika kamu punya informasi berupa foto atau video menarik, langsung saja DM atau mention ke kami yak.. Makasih..😊🤗 . Video: Facebook/Eris Riswandi . #infia #infiafact #viral #tukangpalak #pungutanliar #pungli #stoppungli #oknumpolisi #polisi #polri[2]

A post shared by INFIA – Fact (@infia_fact) on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:52am PDT

After the video was shared by popular Instagram news account @infia_fact and went viral, Hulu Sungai Tengah Police Chief Mugi Sekar Jaya confirmed last week that the video was real and involved two of his officers[3], both of whom are currently under investigation by internal affairs. Mugi said he was sorry for the behavior of his officers that had tarnished the reputation of the police force.

In the past, some members of the public have been threatened with investigation and allegations of defamation for reporting on or recording dirty cops. Police Chief Tito said that if the recording turned out to be fake, the uploader could be charged with defamation under the Law on Electronic Transactions and Information (UU ITE), but if it was real the uploader should be rewarded.

After the video was verified, the driver in and uploader of the video, Ade Ridwan Syahroni, was given a certificate by South Kalimantan Police Chief Rachmat Mulyana. It says it recognizes the “bravery and concern” of a citizen that would record a police officer asking for a bribe.

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Hopefully, this will inspire more people to record police corruption, but it won’t do much if the police don’t also do something to protect Ade and those like him from certain parties who might be angered by the “bravery and concern” of such citizens.

References

  1. ^ National Police Chief Tito Karnavian ordered the local police to investigate the incident and reward the uploader (news.liputan6.com)
  2. ^ Seorang sopir truk yang mengaku bernama Cecep, merekam aksi oknum anggota Polisi nakal yang melakukan pungli. Sambil basa-basi tanya nama, oknum Polisi tersebut langsung menanyakan, “berapa ngasih, Cecep?. Cecep menawarkan, Rp 50 ribu, tapi ditolak mentah-mentah. . Sempat terjadi tawar-menawar, akhirnya sopir terpaksa memberikan uang Rp 100 ribu kepada oknum anggota Polisi tersebut. Namun, belum diketahui pasti, dimana kejadian pemalakan itu. Sejak di share di media sosial Facebook, video ini langsung viral. . Tim Saber Pungli harus bertindak tegas nih..😎 _______ Jika kamu punya informasi berupa foto atau video menarik, langsung saja DM atau mention ke kami yak.. Makasih..😊🤗 . Video: Facebook/Eris Riswandi . #infia #infiafact #viral #tukangpalak #pungutanliar #pungli #stoppungli #oknumpolisi #polisi #polri (www.instagram.com)
  3. ^ Hulu Sungai Tengah Police Chief Mugi Sekar Jaya confirmed last week that the video was real and involved two of his officers (kumparan.com)