Bill C-48 (west coast oil tanker moratorium) and Bill C-69 (change of review process for natural resource and infrastructure projects) have proven to be two of the most controversial bills to be introduced in parliament in recent years.
Both bills have been widely scrutinized by industry leaders and business gurus across the country, with it being said that they together will be the bane of Canada’s oil and gas industry while making it impossible for new resource development projects to get built across the country.Read more
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps took a tour of steam-assisted gravity drainage facilities at Cenovus's Foster Creek operation near Cold Lake on Friday, April 26th, 2019.
It seems that the tour helped Helps gain a broader and more in-depth perspective on the oil sands, and how dedicated the industry is to protecting the environment and reducing its overall carbon footprint.
“I wasn’t going to have my mind changed or not, but I was going to certainly learn more about the industry and broaden my perspective,” says Helps.
“I think I saw the future of the oilsands. What I saw yesterday was a lot of innovation and I think if that continues that’s a good thing.
“They are making tremendous steps to make the industry more sustainable (like) using less fossil fuels to extract fossil fuels.”
From various news and media:
“What is possible as Victorians, Calgarians and as Canadians is to have these conversations where we really understand each others’ points of view”— Canada Action (@CanadaAction) April 27, 2019
Thank you Mayor @lisahelps for joining us yesterday on a tour of the #Oilsands @JeffDavisonYYC @Ward4Ward1 #bcpoli #abpoli pic.twitter.com/nm0xLt1Y8W
What is Bill C-48? In short, it’s a piece of legislation that will absolutely destroy future opportunities for Canada's oil and gas industry to export oil by banning petroleum tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.
This ban extends from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska, shutting down any opportunities to export oil to international markets other than the United States (Canada's only customer, who buys >99% of our oil).
This bill means no to potential energy infrastructure projects like the Eagle Spirit Pipeline which is led by a large group of First Nations looking to benefit from the development of Canada's natural resources.
It also means no to thousands of families in Western Canada and across the nation that rely on oil and gas to make ends meet.
It’s a big no to increased tax revenues that help our governments pay for things like schools, hospitals, roads and everything in between.
A more formal, detailed version of what Bill C-48 is saying no to, straight from the Canadian Parliament’s website:Read more
Just how important is Canada’s natural resource sector to Canadians? Very, very important, to say the least, even for those who may not work in the sector directly (see more below). But don’t take our word for it…
Here’s some recently released statistics from the federal government that show exactly why Canada's natural resource sector is critical to the national economy and overall prosperity.
Oil has been getting a lot of attention these days. That’s especially true in Canada, a country which seems to be one of the only places in the world where it’s next to impossible to build a pipeline, all the while world demand for this "black gold" continues to grow every year.
Since 2008, the Tar Sands Campaign has effectively labelled any and all Canadian oil as the “black swan” of energy supply. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
We often see these anti-oil, anti-pipeline “environmental” groups who are part of this campaign against ONLY Canadian resources and prosperity rallying in remote locations. To do so, they use petroleum products such as gasoline, plastics and vehicles to chase their goals of shutting down our natural resource industries completely.
It begs us to ask these protestors a few important questions:
Do they know just how many everyday objects and uses there are for petroleum products?
Do they know just how intertwined our high quality of life and standard of living are with oil and gas?
The bottom line is we should all have some appreciation for the opportunities oil and gas provides us with at home in Canada and across the world.
Canada has a long list of different natural resources found in abundance throughout its provinces and territories. Oil, for example, is found in vast amounts in Alberta, with the world’s third largest recoverable reserves - or about 10% of the world's total share.
Minerals are another natural resource found in abundance in Canada. A few examples: Canada ranks 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the world for production of potash, uranium and platinum group metals like nickel, for example.
Perhaps the most important of all of Canada’s resources (essential to life) is its fresh water. Here’s some interesting facts and a great photo relating to fresh water in Canada.Read more
Twitter is an excellent way to broadcast your message to the world. In our case, we use our duel Twitter accounts @CanadaAction and @OilSandsAction to convey our message which supports Canada's highly transparent, regulated and environmentally responsible natural resource sectors and overall economic success.
If you don't have Twitter, and don't plan on getting an account anytime soon, that's okay! Not many people are interested in Twitter, which is why we are sharing all of our retweets on Oil Sands Action's below. If you want to check out more of our regular tweets, however, be sure to check us out on Twitter (link above).
If you do happen to have Twitter, however, we recommend you follow some of these accounts we've retweeted seen below (if not already). These people and organizations are great sources of information if you're looking to stay informed and up-to-date on recent events related to Canada's natural resources and overall economic prosperity.
Here's all of Oil Sands Action's Twitter retweets for the month of February 2019 (and some of our best own tweets too!):Read more
Twitter is an excellent platform to broadcast whatever message you choose. In our case, we use our Twitter accounts @OilSandsAction and @CanadaAction to spread a balanced and informed conversation about Canada's natural resource sectors, bad government policy and other factors that play an instrumental role in our nation's overall economic well-being.
If you don't happen to have a Twitter account and don't want one, that's okay. We post all of our retweets on these blogs for you to check out at any time. We also have a lot more tweets that we don't post because, well, we tweet a lot. If you do want to see more of our regular tweets though, be sure to check us out on Twitter (link above).
If you do have Twitter, however, we recommend you follow these accounts (if you haven't already). They will also keep you up-to-date on developing stories related to the message that our group is bringing the discussion on Canadian pipelines, Canadian energy and Canadian prosperity.
Here's all of Canada Action's Twitter retweets for the month of February 2019:
If a petroleum refinery was a beating heart, transmission pipelines would be the veins bringing blood to and from. Truth is that pipelines are the lifeblood of our modern society, as they are the mechanism that allows us to ship oil and natural gas safely and effectively which is used for heating our homes to making petrochemical products to fueling our vehicles and everything in between.
In Canada, there’s a vast network of pipelines that transport millions of litres of oil and gas under ground every single day. Pipelines are often misunderstood, mistaken as being dangerous or harmful to the environment in every aspect. This couldn’t be further from the truth.Read more
Wendy Mesley interviews Vivian Krause and Tzeporah Berman – Jan 20th, 2019
The Weekly with Wendy Mesley (CBC TV Jan. 20th, 2019) opens with a short video discussing the history of the Rockefeller oil empire, and its eventual endowment of the philanthropic – and many would say activist -- Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc., an instrumental leadership group and co-founder of the anti-oil sands effort known as the Tar Sands Campaign.
Mesley’s reporting quickly turns to a short overview of the tax returns uncovered by researcher and writer Vivian Krause who has tracked large sums of US dollars as they move from American philanthropic and activist foundations to environmental groups in Canada.
Noted in these tax returns are specific references to the tar sands campaign and efforts to oppose oil sands and pipeline construction.
NOTE: The time-stamp references in this viewers guide are keyed to the following clip:Read more