Whether you like it or not, oil is a very important part of the Canadian economy. It's been said revenues generated by the oil and gas industry “pay the rent” in our country, not to mention the sector provides hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs from coast-to-coast.
Yet, many Canadians seem unaware of the importance of oil to Canada. Such understanding seems to be lost amid the intense misinformation campaigns by special interest and environmental groups targeting the industry.
Canada’s oil and gas industry has been in the spotlight for many years, but not because it has been named the top oil producer in the world or is now the third largest LNG exporter (headlines which are true for the USA).Read more
Did you know that Canada is home to the world's third largest recoverable oil reserves? Most of Canada's oil is found in the oil sands in the western province of Alberta.
Did you also know that the companies operating in oil sands are required to adhere to some of the strictest environmental regulations for oil and gas producers on the planet?
So, just exactly how are Canada's oil sands producers making an effort to protect the environment?
Below are several infographics on oil sands producers and the environment showing how these companies are part of one of the most environmentally responsible petroleum industries on the planet.Read more
What does oil sands reclamation look like? That's a good question, and an important one to show and answer considering that Canada’s oil sands has been the number one target of many special interest and environmental groups looking to de-market Canadian oil by preventing it from getting to world consumers.
One of the ways these groups smear the industry is by using pictures of open pit mines and tailings ponds in various blogs and articles, giving off an impression to the unknowing viewer that is how the entirety of Alberta's oil sands is developed.
It’s no surprise they skip photos of accelerated tailings settling technology, investments in water innovation, minimal disturbance in-situ operations and reclaimed oil sands sites, because such photos show environmentally progressive and responsible development that just doesn’t fit their oppositional narrative, which is devoid of balance.Read more
Another final decision by the federal government on whether or not to approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion will happen tomorrow, June 18th, 2019.
In response to the National Energy Board’s second approval of the Trans Mountain expansion earlier this year, anti-pipeline groups have stepped up their attacks on the project, questioning its safety and the economic benefits it will bring – if any.
Another from environmentalists was the suggestion that there is no demand for Alberta oil sands in Asian markets whatsoever. To add, a former federal environment minister recently said there is no credible evidence to suggest that demand for Canadian heavy crude oil is alive and well across the pacific.
But just how true are these claims? Is there a demand for Alberta oil sands in China, South Korea and other Asian countries? Let us take a look at the world's second largest oil consumer to get an idea.Read more
Sometimes it’s almost as if we live on another planet devoid of facts, logic and common sense.
The unbalanced and relentless attack on Alberta’s energy sector which has labelled the oil sands as the harbinger of the apocalypse is a prime example of where some logical thinking and common sense could be of great use.
Environmental groups claim that further development and production from Alberta’s oil sands will send the entire world into oblivion. Meanwhile…Read more
Did you know that there are 43 aboriginal communities who have signed contracts called Mutual Benefit Agreements (MBA) with the Trans Mountain expansion project, valued at more than $400 million?
This includes a majority of the First Nations along the route – 10 in Alberta and 33 in British Columbia. In fact, about 80 percent of the communities within close proximity to the pipeline support the project.
It’s very important that as Canadians we look at the big picture and are listening to all sides of the discussion. We cannot forget that there ARE in fact many First Nations whose communities are located along the pipeline’s route that want to see this project happen!
Here’s a few quotes from First Nation Chiefs who support the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion:Read more