Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment webpage on natural gas production is littered with misleading information.
THE FACTS: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment should do its research before attacking natural gas.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasonable conversation about natural gas production:
- The fluids used to produce natural gas from tight deposits are made from 99% sand and water and need to be non-toxic. Companies must also disclose the composition of their fluids upon request and must keep a record of the type of fluids used in operations.
- 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 percent 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
- This is a direct quote from the Canada Health Guidelines is consistent with independent research that says modern gas stoves with proper ventilation are safe. It is interesting to note that faulty wiring is the number one cause of household fires.
“Data from Canadian indoor air studies indicate that the concentration of NO2in most electric stove homes will rarely exceed this level and that this concentration is also attainable in gas stove homes when adequate stovetop ventilation is used.”
- Experts such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) and International Energy Agency(IEA) all agree that natural gas maintains a climate benefit over other traditional fuel sources, even at leakage rates far greater than what is currently documented.
- The B.C. government did not give away $1.3 billion in oil and gas subsidies in 2020/2021 as Dogwood claimed. Deep well credits are a tax reduction to encourage companies to drill wells so the province can receive more revenue while creating jobs. The companies do not receive money and there is no liability to the Government. Companies still must pay.
Stories that get it right
According to a new study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports and an ESG certification for Pacific Cambrian, natural gas produced in B.C. is better than the rest. Newer natural gas developments in Montney, British Columbia showed emission intensities that are amongst the lowest in North America. This is primarily where Pacific Cambrian and another company, Seven Generations, operate in B.C.