The short answer is yes! But who’s in for short answers nowadays?
In today’s current climate of misinformation and fear mongering about Canada’s natural resource sector, most of which has been spread by foreign-funded “environmental” groups who only oppose Canadian energy, the whole truth needs to be told in a descriptive and well-sourced way.
One of those truths is that Ontario and the rest of Canada's provinces benefit immensely from the oil and gas industry, which is active in 12 of the 13 provinces and territories. In Ontario's case, many service and manufacturing jobs are created indirectly as a result of activity in the oil and gas sector.
For now, we’ll keep our sites focused on Ontario, but stay tuned for more articles showing how other Canadian provinces without direct oil and gas exploration and production activities also benefit when our natural resource sector is strong.Read more
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
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:Read more
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...Read more
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?Read more
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?Read more
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).
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?Read more
Oil production in Alberta has increased alongside rising global oil demand. Canada’s provincial economic powerhouse produced 238,000 more barrels per day in the first 8 months of 2018 than it did over the same time frame the year before.
Extraction is also on the rise. Since 2010, Alberta has gone from producing under 2 million barrels per day up to more than 3.7 million barrels a day as of August 2018. That’s quite the jump, but not a surprise considering that global oil demand is expected to grow nearly 12% by 2040.Read more
A lot of people wonder just how much greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are created by mid-stream components such as pipelines. In Canada, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) sheds some light on this topic.
According to the latest data from 2014, you might be amazed at just how little skin Canadian pipelines have in the grand scheme of things.Read more