Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Japanese anti-oil and gas activists from Japan claim Coastal GasLink is violating the rights of Indigenous people.
THE FACTS: Coastal GasLink is employing Indigenous people and providing economic benefits for their communities.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Coastal GasLink.
- These foreign funded activists are actually foreign for a change. But they still exhibit a familiar lack of understanding that we see from so many Canadian activists who claim falsely that indigenous people oppose Coastal GasLink. 100% of affected First Nations have signed benefits agreements after consultation.
- Coastal GasLink has provided a steady stream of employment for Indigenous people in the area. Since January 2020, CGL has employed over 350 Indigenous workers.
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- Coastal GasLink has provided over $1 billion in employment and contract opportunities for Indigenous and local businesses.
- There are Indigenous leaders who fear that this type of activism has become a form of “Eco-Colonialism.”, where non-indigenous and now even non-Canadian protest groups, claim to represent indigenous voices. Indigenous leaders are calling for groups like Friends of the Earth in Japan to let them speak for themselves.
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Stories that get it right
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance has just released its 2020 report. They found that COSIA mining operators have reduced net water use intensity from the Athabasca River and its tributaries by 25 percent, down to 1.4 barrels of Athabasca River water per barrel of oil produced (from 2.2 barrels in 2012)
COSIA in situ operators have reduced freshwater use by 46 percent, down to 0.19 barrels of water per barrel of oil produced (from 0.36 barrels in 2012)
COSIA members have also reduced the operating footprint intensity of in situ operations by 6 percent since 2012.
Since 2013, the production weighted average upstream GHG intensity of the oil sands has been reduced by 14 percent for mining operations and 8 percent for in situ operations.