There’s a new blog in town, driven by Missoulian reporter Kim Briggeman: http://missoulian.com/special-section/big_rigs/.
As in: Big Rig blog.
This is the place to find all manner of stories related to the Kearl oil fields of Alberta, the big rigs that ExxonMobile wants to use to drive oilfield equipment up the Lochsa, over Lolo Pass, into and through Missoula, up the Blackfoot and into Canada. And now that Conoco wants to use as a transport route for even larger equipment bound for its Billings refinery.
Kim’s idea, and I think it’s a great one, is to have one central collection point – his blog – for stories written by newspapers all across the U.S. and Canada that relate to this transport route and the huge Albertan oil fields. Already, on Day One of the Big Rig blog, he’s found a half-dozen stories to highlight for Missoulian.com readers.
Here’s just one example:
June 8, 2010 Gulf oil disaster will change industry forever, Imperial Oil chief says
Bruce March told the Economic Club in Ottawa on Tuesday that the development of the Western Canadian oilsands is “a lot less environmentally destructive than critics allege.”
March said environmentalists are wrong to characterize the oil sands as the “dirtiest of a dirty sector,” reports Julian Beltrame of The Canadian Press.
“If it was once true, it no longer is, he said. New technology has softened the impact his industry is having on the environment, so that now the carbon footprint gap between oilsands and conven-tional oil production is about 10 per cent.”
This new blog is just one of the myriad ways the Missoulian is telling the story of this proposed haul route and oilfield development. We’ve established ourselves as the key source of information on this controversy, and intend to strengthen that reputation by the day. We’re going to ask the tough questions, insist on credible answers, talk to all the key sources, and continually look for new and creative ways to bring the information home to our readers.
You’ll want to include Missoulian.com and Kim’s new Big Rig blog as part of your daily information-gathering on this ongoing story.
We’re here for the duration, and hope you will be as well.