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"Bunker Fuel Having Hazardous Effects"

Posted by Blake Nijs on October 4 at 7:55 AM  Bunker fuel is the left over oil and particles from this process, composed of asphaltenes, waxes, and other very large molecules. The residual crude oil is then burned in large ships, leaving behind hazardous emissions. Topics: energy, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

"James Cameron & the 'Avatarsands'"

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 29 at 12:00 AM  Alberta gets the word directly from the horses mouth.  James Cameron spent a couple of days in Northern AB touring bitumen (oilsands) mining and reclamation sites.  Part of his visit included a sit down with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach (sorry about that James) and a live press conference in Edmonton.  I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Cameron's statements and position about development of the oilsands. Topics: energy, sustainability        1 Comment Read Full Post

"Is Being Green A Trend?"

Posted by Blake Nijs on September 16 at 8:00 AM Is being green a fad? Have we topped out our desire to make sustainable choices?  I fear the fad label we are seeing is because all the easy options to be green now are done, all that is left is the now are the hard meaningful choices. Topics: recycling, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

"Alternative Fuels: Part 3 Bio-diesel"

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 26 at 6:00 AM  Most bio-diesel is a fuel mixture made of animal fats, corn or waste cooking oil in combination with diesel fuel. The percentage of mix is dependent on the application in which it is being used. Most bio-diesel is 5% bio-oil and 95% diesel. All of the additives in bio-diesel are filtered and cleaned to ensure that they do not cause harm to any of the mechanical components of the engines. The best part of this is that it reduces green house gas emissions by up to 60% depending on what was used to create the mixture. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        2 Comments Read Full Post

"Alternative Fuels: Part 2 Ethanol"

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 10 at 8:00 AM  An alternative fuel that has been around for more than a decade is ethanol. My personal experience with ethanol is limited. Every now and then I see a decal on the side of a S.U.V. while walking downtown claiming ethanol capabilities. I truly have never actually seen a recreational vehicle running on one of the many various mixes of ethanol and gas. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        2 Comments Read Full Post

"Alternative Fuels - Part 1 Hydrogen"

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 4 at 10:00 AM  Our reliance on oil and gas never dissipates, even with alternative fuels that have been around for years. These alternative fuels seem to come and go as quickly as they were developed. The most recent to be publicly broadcasted were: Hydrogen, Ethanol and Bio diesel.

 

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"Rainwater is an oft forgotten resource"

Posted by Blake Nijs on July 15 at 3:00 PM  Rainwater is an often forgotten resource. Many buildings use sanitized city water to run their toilets and urinals. This may not sound very harmful to the environment however nearly one-third of water usage is used to flush waste. Granted there have been innovations such as low flow toilets, we are still flushing drinking water down the drains.  Topics: recycling, sustainability        1 Comment Read Full Post

"The Recycling Race"

Posted by Blake Nijs on July 1 at 6:00 AM I constantly am looking for people with new and inventive ways to help sustain our Planet’s resources. My past blogs have mentioned many new technologies and their benefits to our society. Now I pose a question to the readers; what are your ideas?  Topics: recycling, strategy, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

"Solar Panels in Residential Homes"

Posted by Blake Nijs on June 24 at 5:00 PM Homeowners usually dismiss solar panels as a viable energy source as this technology can be very expensive.  Lately companies have started producing more inexpensive solar panels, which people can also lease, in so providing an alternative to paying the full purchase price.  This creates an opportunity for average income homeowners to install solar panels and save an average of 15% on their electricity costs.  Topics: energy, sustainability        9 Comments Read Full Post

"Sustainability in Oil & Gas is much more than Environmental Performance"

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 23 at 6:00 AM Guest blogger Colin Anton (CHRP, MBA) explains that sustainability in the oil and gas industry means much more than managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions or water usage.  True sustainability in oil and gas also relies on the communities in which we operate. Especially if we are dedicated to a 3BL approach; people, planet, profit. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post
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