setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Foreign-funded ENGO, Dogwood BC uses fake B.C. tourism ad to spread misinformation about natural gas production while attacking BC tourism jobs.
THE FACTS: The Allan report ruled Dogwood BC is an anti-Alberta oil and gas organization receiving donations from US-based activist foundations. With this insensitive video they expand into attacking the BC tourism industry too.
Here’s some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about natural gas production in B.C. :
- This is the real Beautiful BC tourism website where you will see an honest picture of tourist spot in incredible British Columbia.
- Tourism in BC like all of Canada has been badly hurt by COVID. Dogwood BC may continue to receive substantial foreign funding but foreign tourists have not been able to visit. It is extremely arrogant for well-funded Dogwood and their well-paid activist to make fun of an important industry trying to recover.
On top of that the video makes several false and misleading claims about the BC natural gas industry:
- The video depicts a flaming faucet and insinuated natural gas production is the cause. The truth is that when methane is found in well water it is usually naturally occurring, not the result of natural gas production.
- The water pond depicted in the video is used to hold water that can be recycled. Some producers recycle 100% of their flow back water and 74% of their total water use from operations.
- Many of the ‘subsidies’ activists report are actually cleantech subsidies being used to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency in oil and gas production.
- Despite their calls for a wind-down of traditional fuel use, the International Energy Agency still agrees that natural gas maintains a climate benefit over other fuels sources, even at leakage rates far greater than what is currently documented.
Stories that get it right:
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