600,000 bbls (barrels) were loaded aboard a Russian tanker, M/V Aleksey Kosygin, and spirited away to Bilbao Spain.
“This crude produces no more emissions from refining than any other crude of similar characteristics,” Kristian Rix, a Repsol spokesman told EurActiv, adding that record investments in Repsol’s refining system had reduced emissions 16% since 2011, with plans for a further 6% cut by 2016.
"In other parts of the world, tar sands refining facilities have been linked to increased cancer incidences near plants, and also to respiratory ailments such as asthma, cardiovascular illness, heart attacks, lung dysfunction and even premature death.
“Repsol takes the environment very seriously, it is something the company spends a lot of money on and this has been publicized." But he dead-balled a question on why the firm was then importing tar sands, one of the most polluting of all crudes.
“You will have to ask the extractors,” he said. “I just source the crude so I don’t control the metrics of how many emissions are produced.
"Attempts by the EU to quantify the emissions from tar sands’ energy-intensive extraction process - and ensure that its price reflects this - have triggered threats of a trade war from Canada, and proved divisive within the bloc itself."
As news of the delivery of Alberta Tar Sands Crude (Western Canada Select), repercussions begin:
1. First tar sands shipment to Europe sparks protests.
2. EU faces down tar sands industry.
3. Canada Aims to Sell Its Oil Beyond U.S.
4. The Tar Sands Threat to Europe: How Canadian Industry Plans Could Undermine Europe’s Climate Goals (Natural Resources Defense Council).
5. Tar sands oil arrives in Spain, more expected with the Energy East pipeline (Council of Canadians).