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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 03:14 PM

After Obama Speech: TD Announces Plan to Transition Away From Investments in Keystone XL

In Wake of President Obama's Georgetown Speech This Week, TD Announces Plan to Transition Away From Investments in Keystone XL and Other Oil Sands Projects

June 28, 2013

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing President Obama's recent statement about potentially denying the permit for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline and due to increasing controversies and economic difficulties for Alberta's oil sands, TD will begin selling its shares in Keystone XL and other oil sands related ventures.

TD will gradually sell its $1.6 billion stake in Keystone XL as the first step toward transitioning away from investment in oil sands extraction entirely.

Alberta oil sands are plagued by a shortage of workers and rising labor costs as well as a discount for the price of Canadian heavy crude as U.S. oil output exceeds expectations. Earlier this year, Total SA, Europe's third largest oil company, took a $1.65 billion loss by abandoning a joint venture with Suncor Energy Inc. to increase oil sands processing capacity in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor later canceled the project.

The price of Canadian crude is not expected to improve much in the near term."Keystone would help alleviate the lack of pipeline infrastructure but only temporarily," says David Bouckhout, senior commodity strategist at TD Securities. "Growth of supply on both sides of the border will outpace what Keystone's capacity will provide in likely two or three years."

Given the uncertainty of the Keystone XL project in the face of increasingly robust environmental protest in the US and Canada, the political viability of additional mega-pipelines in 2015 and beyond is far from assured.


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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 03:23 PM

1. Good.

I have no inclination to wreck our water and land to get oil to China. How's the Alberta cleanup coming along?

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