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
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.