Oil Sands Action Retweets (January 2019)

@OilSandsAction and @CanadaAction on Twitter keeps you up-to-date with what's happening in Canada's natural resource industries and those around the world.

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to a balanced, factual and honest conversation about Canada's natural resource sectors at home and how they compete with those in nations around the world.

The world needs more Canadian natural resources! Our country benefits and so does the global environment because we are one of the most transparent, regulated and environmentally-friendly natural resource producers around!

Below are all retweets by Oil Sands Action throughout January of 2019. If you're unfamiliar with the current state of affairs when it comes to pipelines, oil and gas and other natural resource industries in Canada and abroad, these tweets will get you caught up quickly.


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What Does the Oil Sands Look Like? You'd Be Surprised...

So, what does the notorious "tar sands" in Canada look like? You'd be surprised, especially considering the only photos we see in media nowadays are those of open mines. But just a small percent of the oil sands land area has been disturbed because of mining operations, so why don't we ever see an in-situ lease to portray the oil sands?

Of course an open mine is going to look apocalyptic from an environmental perspective, as would any open mine for any industry (Google lithium or copper mines as an example). But the whole story is not being told. A very small area of the oil sands in Alberta can be extracted from surface mining operations. The facts:

  • Only 20% of the Alberta oil sands is mineable (by surface area)
  • The remaining 80% of oil is too deep and can only be extracted using in-situ methods with minimal land disturbance
  • Oil sands surface area: 142,000 km2
  • Mineable oil sands area cleared or disturbed: 767 km2
  • That's 0.5% of oil sands total surface area disturbed (as of Dec 31, 2017)

Below are several pictures showing you just exactly what the oil sands looks like in Canada including in-situ operations (like steam-assisted gravity drainage), mining operations and reclaimed oil sands land. Also see:

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Do First Nations Support Coastal GasLink & BC LNG?

The answer is yes! All 20 First Nations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route have signed benefit agreements with TransCanada. Furthermore, a majority of First Nations in northern British Columbia support both the Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada projects.

Most of the involved BC First Nations not only have experienced meaningful and bilateral consultations with Coastal GasLink, but see the project as a way out of widespread poverty within their communities. But don’t take our word for it.

Here’s several quotes from First Nations leaders, community members and representatives on their support for Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada. Also see:

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We Need Your Support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion!

In 2013, the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. Since then, what has transpired is a fiasco that has led to delay after delay, time and time again.

Lots of uncertainty over government policies among other things at work led Kinder Morgan to sell the pipeline to the federal government for $4.5 billion in the spring of 2018 and withdraw its capital from Canada all together shortly after.

A few months later, a ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal in August of 2018 overturned the government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. Now, the project is on hold for an indeterminate amount of time.

More delays for a critical piece of energy infrastructure that will contribute to Canada’s economic wealth and prosperity for years to come...

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15+ Facts to Know About Canada’s Forestry Sector

Canada's natural resource industries (mining and minerals, forestry, energy) are the backbone of its prosperity. The forestry sector alone accounts for a considerable amount of the national gross domestic product (1.6%) and mass employment across the country (over 230,000 jobs in 2017).

With the third largest forested area in the world (next to only Russia and Brazil), Canada’s forests are without a doubt a critical part of its economy. To preserve them, federal law requires any harvested public lands to be replanted.

This is a prime example of Canada’s commitment to being a responsible environmental steward. In 2014 alone, more than 540 million seedlings were planted nationwide. Many of these were to replace groves cut down by the industry...

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Pipelines vs. Rail: Which Method is Safer for Transporting Oil?

Over the past decade the failure of various levels of Canadian governments to get pipelines built has ignited debate on a very important question:

Which is a safer means to transport oil to market? Is it pipelines, or trains / rail cars via railways?

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Supporting Canada's Natural Resource Industries One Tweet at a Time (Dec '18)

Canada's natural resource industries are an extremely important part of our national economy. Constituting 17% of the total national gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 and employing more than 2 million people nationwide, they are a major source of wealth and prosperity for all of Canada.

It's important that we as Canadians show our support for our natural resource industries as much as we can. One way to do that is to get out on social media and spread informative articles that dispel lots of misinformation that's currently out there!

With that in mind, we invite you to check us out and join the movement on Twitter! Every voice counts in the battle for Canada's economic future and prosperity!

Below are all the retweets by Canada Action throughout December 2018. If you're unfamiliar with the current state of affairs when it comes to pipelines, oil and gas and other natural resource industries in Canada, these will get you caught up very quickly.

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Supporting Canada's Natural Resource Industries One Tweet at a Time (Nov. '18)

Canada’s natural resources are one of the strengths of the Canadian economy. Accounting for 17% of the national gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, they employ more than 2 million people directly and indirectly across the country.

Many natural resources, like oil, for example, are found in abundance in the great white north. As Canadians, when our natural resource industries prosper, so does our country!

With that in mind, here’s all the latest retweets by Canada Action on Twitter concerning our natural resource sectors during November of 2018. Use these as a learning tool to get up to speed on the current state of affairs of our natural resource industries.

Don’t forget to join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates via your live social media feed today!

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Canada Ranks 14th on Social Progress Index Ranking (2018)

Did you know that Canada ranked 14th on the 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI), with a score of 88.62 out of 100? That’s the highest out of the top 10 countries with the world’s largest proven oil reserves!

Here are the rankings for these nations. While looking at the index results, try to keep in mind this question... where would you like to get your oil from?

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Canada Needs the Energy East Pipeline!

Did you know that despite being a major world producer and exporter of crude oil, Canada also imports oil from abro­ad, most of which enters eastern Canada? This is mainly because there has been insufficient infrastructure built to connect Western Canadian oil supplies to eastern Canadian markets.

As a matter of fact, in 2017, Canada imported 670,000 barrels per day of crude oil from countries such as the USA, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Norway (see below for 2016).Canadian Foreign Oil Imports 2017 CAPP

So why does Canada not have any infrastructure to replace this imported oil with our own? That’s a good question many Canadians are wondering about nowadays, especially with recent events like the record-high WCS vs. WTI differentials in November of 2018.

If you’ve heard of the Energy East project, then you should know that the opportunity to connect east and west with energy infrastructure via pipeline was put on hold when the project was cancelled by TransCanada in October of 2017. What would have been so great about this project being built?

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