Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Greenpeace Canada recycles debunked activists talking points in blog about Alberta’s oil sands.
THE FACTS: The oil and gas industry has been reducing the impacts of oil sands extraction for decades.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Canada’s Oil Sands.
- Since 1967, only 0.03 percent of Canada’s entire boreal forest has been disturbed by oil sands mining.
- 85-95% of the water used in oil sands projects is recycled from tailings and other sources.
- Through technological advances in extraction and processing, the per-barrel emissions from the oil sands have decreased 32% since 1990.
- This analysis of sediment cores in this study from eight floodplain lakes spanning a 67 river-km transect across the Athabasca Delta shows no evidence of increasing metals enrichment above pre-1920 baseline concentrations, including since the onset of oil sands development in 1967.
- Oil sands producers actively invest in managing tailings. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance currently has 77 active tailings management projects representing an investment of over $260 million.
- The natural resource sector employs more Indigenous people than any other sector. According to PetroLMI, 13,900 self-identified Indigenous Peoples were directly employed in the oil and gas industry, a rise of 26% from 2014.
First Nations groups also see the oil and gas industry as a means to ensure positive benefits for their communities, fight on-reserve poverty, and retain the ability to protect their own land.
Stories that get it right
Cory Morgan of Suits and Boots describes his experience at the return of the Canadian Energy Executive Association annual business forum in Banff. Going in expecting C-Suite jargon and half-cut promises, he was pleasantly surprised at the progress the industry has made. Instead of shying away from emissions issues and sometimes complicated but very necessary relationships with Indigenous groups, the industry is set on tackling them head-on.