Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment launch petition claiming natural gas production is wrecking the environment and harming peoples health.
THE FACTS: Activist doctors are misleading British Columbians about natural gas production.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about natural gas production in B.C:
- According to the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, in 2018 oil and gas-related short-term water use approvals and water licenses accounted for only 0.003% of the total volume of mean annual runoff in northeast B.C.
- Less than half a per cent of the total area of Northeastern B.C. is used for natural gas production and pipelines.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment did a study that shows natural gas production had no significant health effects on nearby residents
- Canadian natural gas is the most responsibly produced in the world. By producing natural gas domestically and replacing other fuels like coal in China, we can help decrease emissions globally and improve air quality. This independent study found that switching to Canadian LNG can be 62% cleaner than Chinese coal power in a country that represents 28% of total global emissions.
- According to the IEA, over the last decade, gas switching has saved around 500 million tonnes of CO2 – an effect equivalent to putting an extra 200 million EVs running on zero-carbon electricity on the road over the same period.
Stories that get it right
Months after President Biden canceled Keystone XL, he is now calling for OPEC, which consists of countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, to add more barrels of oil per day so the U.S. can keep up with demand and lower gas prices. Ironically, Keystone would have helped stem the rising prices.