March 20, 2020 – Toronto Star
Trans Mountain expansion is not all it’s cracked up to be
By Mike Priaro
It’s not April Fools, and this is no joke, but according to data from Statistics Canada, an average of 20,547 bbl/d (barrels per day) of Alberta crude were shipped to Asia via the Westridge Marine Terminal of the Trans Mountain Pipeline during 2018.
Unless you want to call it a sad joke. Because in other news, according to U.S. energy market consultant RBN Energy, since the ban on most exports of U.S. crude was lifted in late 2015, the volumes of mostly light, sweet crude from the Permian and other U.S. shale plays being shipped overseas have taken off: from 600,000 bbl/d in 2016 to about 1.1 million in 2017, two million in 2018 and nearly three million in 2019.…