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January 28, 2015

Blocked investigation into Alberta’s tailings ponds


Canada has blocked an investigation into Alberta’s tailings ponds by NAFTA’s environmental watchdog.


“It shows that the Canadian government is willing to circumvent institutions that make sure Canada upholds environmental laws.”


It’s the third time in a year Canada has successfully stopped NAFTA’s scrutiny of its environmental behaviour.


Two environmental groups and three private citizens had asked the commission to investigate whether tailings ponds were leaking into nearby rivers and creeks in northern Alberta.


In 2014, with Mexico’s support, it stopped investigations into polar bear protection and B.C. salmon farms.


And “Canada, the oil sands’ poor image isn’t just a question of bad PR.  Anti-oil sands sentiment has made it nearly impossible to build the necessary pipeline connections producers need to get all that oil to market. TransCanada Corp.’s crossborder Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being axed by U.S. President Barack Obama. The industry’s backup plan, Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline to shipping terminals on the B.C. coast, has become bogged down in political and environmental controversy. Even TransCanada’s Energy East proposal, a sort of backup for the backup, has encountered unexpected political resistance in Ontario and Quebec—two provinces the diluted bitumen must transit through on its way to refineries in New Brunswick.”


” Alberta’s oilsands produce more greenhouse gas emissions than some European countries right now and will produce more than all of the world’s volcanoes in just 11 years if the pace of development continues, a new report says.  People will post 1001 excuses justifying this disaster. until it is too late to do anything about it..Remember Chernobyl” 

SADLY ECONOMICS DO CONTROL THE VIABILITY OF CANADA’S OIL SANDS PROJECTS.  Economics alone   SHOULD NOT now  control the direct oil sand extraction  process, engineering as well and also now not all firms are equally environmentally conscious, concerned so they all do now need to be better managed here, something that has falsely not been adequately done for sure so far.. and yes neither by the provincial or the federal governments HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB HERE. GREED AND PROFIT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO OVER RULE SAFETY,  THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, etc


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January 24, 2015


Never mind what the spin doctors will say about Alberta’s future, the present reality is  Alberta is mainly, oil and gas, tourists, dependent on its resource sector and  the province has long relied on both the economic activity and the direct revenue from royalties and land sales to underpin government budgets but now this bubble has burst again,  the Oil’s price plunge means a bumpy ride in  all  sales, the economy in Alberta.   ‘Oil Prices are not going to bounce back:’ Prentice gloomy about quick oil recovery. Oil’s price collapse sends shiver across Alberta’s real estate market. Home prices fall also  in Calgary as real estate chill deepens.  Sales are down 7.5 per cent versus a year ago, while the  new listings have   “gushed” 42 per cent higher.  The Bank of Canada’s decision this week to slash its trend-setting interest rate a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent will not help to pay the high home mortgages many have there. You also cannot borrow more money, or buy more when facing a job cut.  School fees in Alberta triple in five years.   The out-of-pocket cost of sending a child to public schools in Alberta nearly tripled in five years as boards became increasingly dependent on fees to meet their budgets, and the Edmonton police are focusing more energy on   property crimes which  have climbed significantly. There have been 23 break and enters, 28 thefts from vehicles, and 20 thefts of vehicles in the area during the first few weeks of 2015. That is double number of property crimes the neighbourhood experienced at the same time in 2014 .  “The fact that these school fees have increased during a period when this province had record revenues is just not fair to the average Alberta family,”
While the Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says there’s no chance that the province can “ride things out” while waiting for a rebound in oil prices. Prentice admits  that a full discussion must be held with Albertans to find a way to deal even tax increases, with a decline of $7 billion in resource revenues triggered by a fall in world oil prices to below US$50 a barrel. Alberta’s prideful boast of being the only jurisdiction in Canada without a provincial sales tax will likely soon be history. The province, with a $40-billion budget, expects to take in only $17 billion in combined corporate and personal income tax this year. Prentice also said that public-sector workers are among the best paid in Canada and will need to step up in tough times. Dream on..Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says there are no simple solutions for the revenue shortfall that will be coming from plummeting oil prices and Albertans will feel the consequences.  Alberta can’t just wait for high prices to return: there has to be a focus on cost-cutting while at the same time providing necessary cash for the also significantly reduced  core services. On top of day-to-day deficits, the province also owes $11 billion for borrowing to pay for past capital projects.  Alberta has to  to do a lot more than pray for another oil boom to come along and to presently pay the Bills..The oils sands  too are not the big miracle Alberta had dreamed on.
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CANADA’S PRIME MINISTER’S Stephen Harper bad policy on Oil and Putin, where he says Russia has failed on many  fronts and has had no positive gains NEEDS A Re Adjustment. As in his own province things look really bleaker now too. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was openly  punishing Russia but seems to have inflicted more pain on his own people instead. THE OIL PRICE DROP HAS HIT  CANADA  SEVERELY
 CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. slashed $1-billion from its 2015 budget, with oil sands and East Coast projects getting deferred and 1,000 jobs eliminated. That was a day after Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. lopped $2.4-billion from its previously announced 2015 plan  and In oil boom town Fort McMurray, ‘it’s like the place has gone dead’ .  The  Plunging oil prices will cost Canada’s drilling industry close to 23,000 direct and indirect jobs this year, more than were lost during the 2009 downturn, according to updated forecast Thursday by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling. Oil-patch spending cuts  have escalated well into the billions of dollars represent money that won’t go to the Albertan workers. The drillers and oil-field service providers involved in fracking,  maintaining old wells and hauling gear around are just  the thin edge of the wedge in the oil-price collapse as the companies in that sector make even larger cuts to their work forces in the coming months. What a costly Harper fight with Russia for all Canadians.

Further more a surge of light oil from North Dakota and Texas is cutting into the earnings of Canadians who turn heavy oil sands into a lighter crude that fetches more from refiners. Producers in Alberta, home of the country’s greatest reserves, upgraded 20 percent less of the region’s crude in October than four years earlier, according to the province’s energy regulator. Two of five plants under construction were canceled and the province’s upgrading and refining capacity fell in 2013 for the first time in three decades. Companies are now sending record amounts of the heavy stuff on pipelines and trains to refineries in the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast, Projects including Suncor Energy Inc. (SU)’s Voyageur joint venture with France’s Total SA (FP) and Value Creation Inc.’s BA Energy Heartland were abandoned. Global oil prices, down by more than 50 percent since June, will make upgrading projects even more challenging because the price difference between heavy and light crude is narrower, U.S. output has risen 70 percent in the past five years as producers used horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to tap into previously inaccessible shale rock layers thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface. Most of the increase has been in light, sweet crude, similar quality Alberta upgraders get from processing heavy, thick oil sands. The rising flows south of Canadian crude are drawing a backlash in Alberta from labor groups, who say jobs, not just oil, are being exported. Alberta’s 4.6 percent unemployment rate, second lowest in Canada after Saskatchewan, may increase after oil’s 55 percent drop in six months prompted some producers to curtail future investment. “Building upgraders in Alberta is seen by the industry as uneconomic,” Dinara Millington, a vice president at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, said in an e-mail Jan. 13. “The U.S. refining market is being flooded with the light crude and they wouldn’t necessarily want our light stuff.”


“Canada, the oil sands’ poor image isn’t just a question of bad PR.  Anti-oil sands sentiment has made it nearly impossible to build the necessary pipeline connections producers need to get all that oil to market. TransCanada Corp.’s crossborder Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being axed by U.S. President Barack Obama. The industry’s backup plan, Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipelineto shipping terminals on the B.C. coast, has become bogged down in political and environmental controversy. Even TransCanada’s Energy East proposal, a sort of backup for the backup, has encountered unexpected political resistance in Ontario and Quebec—two provinces the diluted bitumen must transit through on its way to refineries in New Brunswick.”


Canadian exporters now also have also been stung by Russia’s currency crisis and its retaliatory sanctions against the West over the crisis in Ukraine.   Companies from farm-equipment manufacturers to pork producers are affected.  The Russian market bought 563-million dollars worth of Canada’s agricultural exports in 2012 Richard Davies, a vice-president at pork and poultry processor in Caaaanada Olymel,  said the fallout from the Ukraine crisis has had a significant effect. Russia has struck back by slapping a ban on meat, seafood, milk and dairy products, fruit and vegetables from Canada, the U.S., the European Union, and other countries.  The Russian government has also limited subsidies, particularly to its agricultural sector.




February 14, 2010

The Top Posts read here, ending Februrary-14 -2010


 Issues written on behalf of all Canadians, of interest to most Canadians too.
 CURRENT recent Top Posts
Overall Top Posts
Now there are many posts, subjects being read here..  
The Overall Top Posts read here,  ending 2010-02-14
(Summarized) All Time in order of popularity
Divorce And Remarriage In The Christian
CRTC’s Farcical hearings on Internet speed   
Canada’s oil sands  
l care.. CANADIAN HEALTH CARE medical   
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church   
QUEBEC the second largest PROVINCE in Canada   
Christian and Missionary Alliance Corporation  
Basic Contract law  
Speeding is not the major cause of car accidents  
It is getting worse for the RCMP  
third Police vehicle impounded under   
Skype, Magic Jack  
swine flu – influenza A (H1N1)  
Surprise, Surprise, Still ineffective RCMP   
Bell Sympatico  
While there are many popular subjects being read here..
I was surprised as to how many of the other posts have
been also read.
( Posts of 100 readers OR MORE)
Canadian-editorial-cartoons IV  
Drunk driving arrests jump and much more  
Bit Torrent – P2P sites -network traffic  
Canadian Federal Budget 2009  
Canada’s 2009 Federal Budget approved  
gross vehicular manslaughter while texti  
Provincial Liberals no better over the P  
Mickey Mouse RCMP, Police, Canada  
Bell throttles internet speeds  
Liars- Mounties ‘misleading everyone’  
Police soaps- make you cry  
Canada’s Recession, EI and Social Aid,  
The average, Illiterate computer users a  
Stephen Harper, Conservative liars  
Canada’s Oil Sand Projects  
Drink Alcohol and Die  
The common criticism of Conservative Step  
Unacceptable RCMP cover-up of the killing  
3 of Canada’s Top News Stories relating  
My past download and service problems   
Does the RCMP monitor download logs?  
I cannot trust you, FOR you lie to me al  
Alcohol continues to show it’s ugly head  
Unlawful use of authority  
MURDEROUS COPS cover-up is ongoing  
Canada’s Unemployment figures lie  
Too often women have been put down by men  
Dirty Canadian cops, dirty Pastors, dirty  
Quebec’s pension fund IS NOW IN REAL TROUBLE  
Bell and Telus – MISLEADING ADDS, Unreal  
A very sick Ontario EHealth scandal  
Ex Toronto police chief Julian Fantino i  
Speed-related highway fatalities  
CRTC is clearly in Bell’s bad pocket aga  
Research On Real-World Behavior, Vehicular  
Cure for stress, high blood pressure, he  
Deceptive, unacceptable, unfair Business  
Cops, RCMP, Brian Mulroney, Harper Updat  
Bad Calgary Cops  
The Police already tapped my internet,   
About time Big 3 put into their place-Bell  
Hospital deaths account for half of deaths  
Canada’s election not as interesting as  
Bell Internet  
POLITICAL support softening, poll suggets  
Clearly the Canadian CRTC is in someone’  
CANADA WIDE election talks  
A serious warning for Quebec’s Premier   
Ontario judge orders website to reveal   
The time has come to end glamourising   
The dirty cops and politicians now too  
a professing Christian Prime Minister of  
Cops lie too  
Even Unscrupulous Canadian immigration c  
Victims of deadly C. difficile outbreak  
Healing Evangelist Todd Bentley to Fold  
Not again.. Bad cops at it again..  
Phone companies internet at disadvantage  
Bell Lied  
Insuring adequate Consumer protection  
Alberta’s surprise recession  
Transport Canada, others stealing taxpay  
Common sales lies – Canadian Real estate  
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper  
PM Harper forced into a COALITION with S  
But we knew all that already about the R  
The crticism of LIBERAL leader Michael I  
bad cops want more power, over the   
RCMP likely needs to be totally disbanded  
Buyer beware, iphones, Beware especially  
Hanging Up on Early-Exit Fees  
It is still Canada’s Prime Minister Step  
fresh, healthy food too expensive: Poll  
Allowing the RCMP, cops to use the Inter  
No such thing as a little bit pregnant  
The Police  
Too many Doctors are mainly selfish, sel  
Alcoholic consumption entertainment at   
Conservatives in Canada are known for   
GOOD NEWS Greens would replace RCMP with  
Assemblies of God Pentecostals  
Hidden Municipal Provincial Police taxes  
Liberal Ignatieff makes gains at HARPER’  
Peter MacKay Conservative MP  
RCMP Mounties should be retired and   
Provincial Police Commissioner, police p  
Class action suit against Bell Sympatico  
New RCMP policy on Tasers restricts use  
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Let me re  
RCMP officers face impaired charge  
The murderous RCMP  
Majority of persons do not trust : EVERY  
RCMP Accountability REPORT  
Interesting reading, comments too,   
It seeems that anything anti Jewish is   
The Spin Game – Evangelicals and their   
Known alcoholics on the job  
ISP false, misleading adds  
Stephen Harper and the Economic Crisis  
Mounties ask B.C. court to bar Taser inq  
Cost of power line between Calgary, Edmonton  
Others- not included

January 26, 2009

Greens accuse Harper Government

Greens accuse Harper Government of Planning Gutting of Conservation Legislation

OTTAWA– With the Conservative Government’s announcement of upcoming changes to environmental legislation, including the Environmental Assessment Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Green Party of Canada is worried that important safeguards will be dismantled.

“We would agree that the Environmental Assessment process in Canada needs revision,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, “but that doesn’t mean throwing out important legislation.  The problem right now is that the legislation is seen as an obstacle to development instead of a meaningful part of the development process. Strong environmental legislation has been proven by Porter studies at the Harvard School of Business to result in a stronger economy.”

The biggest problem with the assessment process may be that the consultants who carry out the assessments are hired by the proponent of the project.  Often, the reports are written in such a way as to downplay any environmental impacts. “It’s a little like leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse,” said Ms. May.  “However, the legislation plays an important role and the parts that are working must be upheld.”

In response to a comment made by John Baird, Minister of Transport, that the legislation is antiquated in that they protect tiny creeks, Adriane Carr, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, said, “The Harper government has repeatedly shown a lack of scientific understanding, this is just another example.  Mr. Baird should realize that small waterways are a crucial piece of habitat for many wild creatures and are deserving of protection.”

Mr. Baird was severely criticized for his handling of the Environmental Assessment surrounding the proposed expansion of the Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick when he made comments on CBC radio supporting the project before the official assessment was complete.

The Navigable Waters Protection Act is a significant piece of conservation legislation. Anglers and boaters have relied on it, as have environmental groups, to protect environmental standards. The Green Party of Canada is of the opinion that Harper must not be allowed to trample environmental legislation using the recession as an excuse.

“The Harper government does not care about the future of our children and their right to a clean environment,” said Ms. May.  “History will judge him and hopefully so will the Canadian people in the next election.”


Michael Bernard
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
Office : 613 562 4916 ext. 244
Cell : 613 614 4916
Fax : 613 482 4632

January 8, 2009

Canada’s Oil Sand Projects



Toxic chemical levels higher in water downstream of Alberta oilsands plants Vancouver Sun –  This photo shows how at least one company is bulldozing right to the Athabasca River’s edge. EDMONTON – Levels of toxic chemicals in the Athabasca watershed are up to 50 times higher downstream of oilsands development, a new University of Alberta study …The research, spearheaded by renowned aquatics ecologist David Schindler, also estimates that Suncor and Syncrude deposit the equivalent of an oil spill’s worth of bitumen into the surrounding environment each year. The chemicals are dispersed through two main modes: on airborne particles from plant stacks and dusty mine sites; and through run-off from developed sites. The full paper will be available at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science website at

Pollution levels increase due to oilsands operations: study

Oilsands pollution far exceeds official estimates: independent study An independent study suggests that pollution from Alberta’s oilsands is nearly five times greater than official estimates.  The study says toxic emissions from the controversial industry are the equivalent of a major oil spill repeated every year. Government and industry officials have said contamination in the area’s soil and rivers occurs naturally, but the report links it firmly to oilsands mining.  A study of water quality at 60 sites along the Athabasca River and its tributaries makes it clear the oilsands have added cancer-causing toxins to the environment, a scientist at the University of Alberta says. The highest levels of polycyclic aromatic compounds [PACs], which are known to contain carcinogens, were found within 50 kilometres of two major oilsands upgraders, David Schindler said Monday. On a scale of 1 – 10, as a reputable scientist Dr. Schindler is an 11. If he says there is a problem with tar sands operations poisoning the Athabasca River and other water bodies …. you can be sure that the problem is there and the cause for concern is real. Do you think any of Syncrudes or Suncors top executives are living along the Athabasca River? Not likely.


Alta. bishop lashes out against oilsands – EDMONTON – A Roman Catholic bishop in Alberta says the current pace of development in the province’s oilsands “cannot be morally justified” because of the damage it is doing to the environment.
Alberta Bishop calls for halt on oilsands growth Calgary Herald
Rapid development of Alberta oil sands can’t be ‘morally justified Globe and Mail – – Catholic Culture – Daily Commercial News
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 Syncrude charged Metro Canda – Edmonton –  The province has charged Syncrude with violating Alberta’s environmental enhancement act yesterday by not leaving appropriate deterrents at a tailings pond located at the company’s Aurora North Site that killed 500 ducks last spring.
Ottawa, Alberta charge Syncrude in oilsands pond duck deaths
Alta. oilsands giant charged for duck deaths
Globe and Mail – Edmonton Sun – Reuters Canada – Calgary Herald
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“Ground Shifts Under Advocates of Oil From Sand (Source: International Herald Tribune)By Ian Austen The oil that can be extracted from Canadian dirt is either a savior from oil from the unstable Middle East, or an environmental catastrophe in the making. As Barack Obama prepares to take office in two weeks, the debate is no longer academic. The U.S. president-elect has promised to move forward with an ambitious program to fight climate change. Not all oil is alike when it comes to environmental repercussions, and many environmentalists single out production from the oil sands as the epitome of “dirty oil.” In a recent study, RAND, a policy research group, estimated that oil from the oil sands generated about 10 percent to 30 percent more greenhouse gases than conventional crude. Canada, in large part because of the production capacity of its oil sands, is now the largest oil supplier to the United States. But environmental groups in both countries are pushing for a slowdown or even a halt to further oil sands development, which is concentrated in northern Alberta. Operators of oil sands projects and Canadian governments are eager to point to its potential for reducing American dependence on oil from politically unstable regions. Canadian oil sands produce about 1.2 million barrels a day, or about 9 percent of the imported oil consumed in the United States. Production was headed toward 3.5 million barrels a day by 2015 before the economic slowdown; with the vast reserves available, Canadian oil sands have the potential to produce the equivalent of 1.7 trillion barrels of oil. The oil sands companies, however, have been scaling back as falling oil prices and the general market turmoil have created a significant economic challenge for the projects. The entire process adds up to the world’s most capital-intensive method for extracting oil. A tiny example: Each of the tires on the cartoonishly oversize dump trucks used in oil sands mining costs about $60,000. While no one is about to park the giant dump trucks, several companies have recently announced delays in future oil sands investments. In November, a consortium led by Petro-Canada said it would temporarily stop expansions worth 23.8 billion Canadian dollars, or $19.5 billion, of its oil sands operations in Alberta. “We’re not in megaproject mode anymore,” Steve Laut, the president and chief executive of Canadian Natural Resources, said to analysts after cutting his company’s capital spending plans in half. And as Washington prepares to deal with climate change, environmentalists, who generally prefer to use the deposits’ traditional name – tar sands – are already pressing for restrictions on the projects. “It’s one of the most destructive projects on earth,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington. “It would be strongly resisted in the United States to exempt the tar sands from any climate agreement.” Transforming the tar, more properly known as bitumen, which is mixed with sand, into petroleum is energy-intensive and creates significant carbon emissions. Steam created by burning natural gas separates the semisolid bitumen. Then, more natural gas is needed to turn the bitumen into synthetic crude, which can be processed by refineries. The development of oil sands projects has created the greatest North American boomtown of recent years – Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Its outsize economic importance has prompted Canada’s Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to champion the industry. After the November election in the United States, Harper said he would seek to devise a continental climate change pact with the Obama administration. Harper suggested that any agreement would include an apparent escape hatch for the oil sands because, he argued, of the energy security benefits they offered the United States. Since then, however, Harper has avoided an early defeat of his government, which does not control a majority of seats in the House of Commons, by shutting Parliament. Even if the Obama administration is willing to hold talks with Canada, Harper’s grip on power is now uncertain.

ECONOMICS DO CONTROL THE VIABILITY OF CANADA’S OIL SANDS PROJECTS… Economics do  control the direct oil sand extraction  process, engineering as well and also now not all firms are equally environmentally conscious, concerned so they all do now need to be better managed here, something that has falsely not been adequately done for sure so far.. and yes neither by the provincial or the federal governments HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB HERE


Calgary and Edmonton are the two  main and  largest cities, both nearly the same size too,  in the Province of Alberta, Canada.  There are no other significantly large towns in this province as well. The main economy of Alberta is cattle farming and the oil industry. The provincial government has never been able to diversify the economy. Oil which was first discovered in Alberta in 1902   did not become a significant industry in the province until 1947 Alberta’s  quickly found itself at the centre of the ensuing oil boom and grew when oil prices increased with the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973. The population increased significantly  in the years between 1971 and today. Mainly bcause of the governmental  misleading spins that Alberta was a place to get rich fast, but this is not at all true. Few people got rich in Alberta, many went broke though.  Alberta’s economy is so closely tied to the oil industry that the  subsequent drop in oil prices were cited by industry as reasons for a collapse in the oil industry and consequently the overall Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton  economy.  This is still mainly a one horse economy, province.  Do see   also How many rich people in Calgary, Edmonton Alberta?

Recent environmental assessments, including the RAND study, also do not further the cause of the oil sands industry. While climate change is the current focus, it is not the only environmental issue surrounding the projects. Spent water used in oil sands projects is placed in lake-size tailings ponds, one of which killed about 500 migrating birds in April. Seepage from the ponds is polluting rivers in northern Canada, some scientists argue. In December, Environmental Defence, an environmental lobby group based in Toronto, estimated that about four billion liters, or about a billion gallons, of contaminated water leaks from the ponds each year. The Alberta government and the oil industry dispute that finding. Strip mining of the oil sands, the most common method of extraction, has destroyed large swaths of boreal forest, an important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. In December, a study published by the Natural Resources Defense Council and two other groups found that 6 million to 166 million birds could be lost over the next 30 to 50 years because of that disruption.

Producers say they are making efforts to address environmental concerns. Laut’s company, which recently completed a 110,000-barrel- a-day oil sands project, is developing systems to capture and store much of the carbon dioxide it emits. It has applied for government grants to test a system that will trap some of its carbon dioxide output by bubbling the exhaust gases from an upgrading plant through the spent water from a strip mine’s steam. Large-scale programs to capture and store carbon dioxide are not yet in place. The demonstration project of Canadian Natural Resources, for example, is not scheduled to begin until 2010.

With oil prices about $48 a barrel, profitability is fast eroding at oil sands projects and may already be vanishing at some operations. Producers have widely differing cost structures and varying definitions of profitability. But Andrew Leach, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, estimates that long-established plants can operate with prices as low as $30 a barrel. He said, however, that newer operations needed $60 to $70 a barrel for acceptable returns and that no one would proceed with proposed projects until prices returned to the $80 to $90 range.

Exactly how Canada could participate in the shaping of a U.S. strategy for climate change is unclear. Harper, who is from Alberta, initially dismissed concerns about climate change. After taking power in 2006, he abandoned commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made by the previous Liberal government when it signed the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Instead, Harper’s government has promised a 20 percent reduction in Canadian greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. What is more significant, however, is that the proposal wants to use as a baseline 2006 – a year with more pollution – rather than the Kyoto standard of 1990. In addition, the new plan requires companies, including oil sands operators, to reduce only the rate at which they emit greenhouse gases. If they achieve those efficiencies, they will still be allowed to raise their total emissions through increased production.

Even if Canadian producers dislike U.S. climate change policies, they will be hard-pressed to sell their oil elsewhere. Canada’s pipeline network takes oil sand production south and offers no routes to ports for export to other countries. ”  The New York Times Media Group.

I rightfully do not trust anything the Alberta Government says or do, not Stephen Harper now as well.

PS I have worked at Syncrude Fort MC Murray Plant  myself. Extraction of the oil is   basically a  simple but a very costly process,

see also

“Reuters, Thursday January 10 2008

By Jeffrey Jones
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Canadian oil sands mining projects, seen as a key source of North American energy supply for decades to come, have been given poor environmental marks in a report released on Thursday, with even the best performer barely garnering a passing grade.
Environmental groups Pembina Institute and World Wildlife Fund surveyed 10 Alberta oil sands ventures, including seven yet to start producing, for attention to land, air emissions, water, climate change and overall environmental management.
Authors of the study called on the government to set more stringent limits on water use, emissions and impacts on wildlife and public health.
Only Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Muskeg River mine got a passing mark, and even that was just 56 percent, according to the report, entitled “Under-Mining the Environment.”
“What this study has shown is that there’s more talk than there is action in terms of meaningful commitments to addressing the issues,” said Dan Woynillowicz, senior policy analyst at the Pembina Institute.
All projects scored well in some areas and poorly in others. If each adopted the best features of their rivals, the industry could make meaningful improvements, the study said.
For instance, if all mines had the greenhouse gas emissions intensity proposed by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd for its Horizon project, due to start up later this year, Alberta could cut its emissions by 3 percent a year, it said.
If all companies had similar water use to Petro-Canada’s proposed Fort Hills project, the oil sands industry could reduce its consumption by almost 60 percent, said the report, which took a year to complete.
Canadian Natural got an overall 31 percent mark and Petro-Canada scored 37 percent. The average was 33 percent.
Canada’s oil sands are the target of more than $100 billion of investment as the world’s oil industry aims to cash in on the need to feed growing demand for secure oil supplies, especially in the United States.
Mined oil sands from Shell, Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc, are processed into about 800,000 barrels of refinery-ready light crude a day, which is roughly 30 percent of the country’s overall oil output.

Output is expected to triple by the middle of the next decade, an increase in the energy-intensive business that is alarming to environmentalists and residents of towns near the northern oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta.  The oil industry said it was not surprised by the findings, pointing out that some of the equipment being used is older and less efficient and that it is being upgraded every few years. “It points out areas that I think people are already working on, certainly that industry and government are already working on, said Pierre Alvarez, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “Everybody acknowledges there’s work to do but I think they also acknowledge that performance has improved and there’s the expectation it will continue to improve.” Pembina and the WWF also criticized the Alberta government, saying they found it provides the public with only limited summary information about developers’ environmental performance and much of that is out of date. “The government has not been in any way driving environmental performance. The government’s been as focused on growth as the industry has — it’s been ‘How fast can we go?’ not ‘How well can we do it?’” Woynillowicz said. He said the study is partly aimed at investors, who will eventually have to deal with liabilities among firms that do not live up to coming regulations for things like greenhouse gas emissions, which will carry major costs.”


Rest of Canada would suffer if oilsands were to get emissions deal: study EDMONTON – A new environmental study warns that other regions of Canada would suffer if a national cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions made allowances for Alberta’s oilsands

Prentice defends oilsands following National Geographic article –  A portion of the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine is seen from an overlook near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)Canada will continue to
Peter Eric James Prentice PC QC (July 20, 1956 – October 13, 2016) was a Canadian politician who served as the 16th Premier of Alberta from 2014 to 2015.  In the 2004 federal election he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected in the 2006 federal election and appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. Prentice was appointed Minister of Industry on August 14, 2007,  and after the 2008 election became Minister of Environment on October 30, 2008.[2] On November 4, 2010, Prentice announced his resignation from cabinet and as MP for Calgary Centre-North. After retiring from federal politics, he entered provincial politics in his home province of Alberta, and ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta to replace Alison Redford, who had resigned earlier that year. On September 6, 2014, he won the leadership election, becoming both the leader of the Progressive Conservatives and as such the Premier, as his party held a majority .  Prentice was a very short-serving premier — only eight months in the job. He was chosen as leader of his party, but never won as premier in a general election. Next  an early provincial election on May 5, 2015, ” Prentice’s PCs were defeated, dropping to third place in the legislature with 10 seats – ending 44 years of Tory rule in Alberta. Despite winning re-election in Calgary-Foothills, on election night Prentice resigned as both PC leader and MLA and retired from politics after results indicated that the Alberta NDP had won a majority government. He was no hero of mine.
Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice on October 13, 2016, was among the four people killed in a small-plane crash in British Columbia Pilot of plane crash that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice was likely disoriented, safety board says soon after take off.   Investigators believe that the pilot, dealing with a high workload flying the aircraft alone, experienced spatial disorientation soon after takeoff. Its climb rate was erratic and the jet wandered off course, before entering a steep descending turn to the ground.

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