Time to counter false perceptions.
Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson defends his industry against what he calls ‘outrageous statements.’ Lang O’Leary Exchange Jan 24, 2014
Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson claims these as facts:
“Canadians should be proud of how the oil sands is being developed.”
“Oil sands managed by a strong, transparent regulatory system.” Except no one knows what the regulations are and how effective they are. Conservative Government scrapped all environment regulations and replaced them with yet to be revealed promises and keeps all data produced unavailable to the public.
“Environmental practice, we have been very active in over the last two decades.” One can be very active without improving.
“Cenovus has reduced GHG intensity by 27%” That is a per barrel reduction over 20 years. Increase in production actually increased GHG emissions by well over 100% in 20 years.
“We don’t use any fresh water.” In which department? True for conventional strip mining of bitumen but, today in situ oil sands production became the extraction method of choice and requires approximately 3 times the water. There is barely enough water on surface and from wells to maintain todays production. With projection production increases, other sources will be required and that means the Athabaska River. The environmental practice needs to be not having oil sands pollution seeping back into the Athabaska drainage system. That is where the oil sands production fails heavily.
“Our environmental footprint is better than any crude oil produced in United States today.” How does one comment on such an absurd statement?
US imports 50% of its oil. That is a lie. According to US Energy website, “… the nation still imports 35% of the petroleum it uses.”
“Cenovus plans to triple rail shipments 2014” Which rail tanker cars will they be using? DOT 111?
“Canadian oilsands contribute 1 600 of world GHG today or 1/10 of 1 %.” That is an outright lie. CAPP states: 2009,
“Oil sands industry contributes about 7.8% of Canada’s total GHG emissions”
“Oil sands industry accounts for just over 0.16% of global GHG emissions” That is from 2009 data.
Canada’s total Green House Gas, GHG, emissions grew by 111 million tonnes between 1990 and 2011, with oil sands emissions responsible for 36% or 40 million tonnes of this increase. Oil sands GHG emissions were 55 million tonnes in 2011 and increased by 18% in 2012 and most likely again in 2013 mainly through increased oil sands production. It is in no way a stretch of the truth to say that in 2013 and in 2014 at approximately 70 million tonnes the oilsands are the number one single source of GHG emmissions in the world. Oil company propaganda claims that they are reducing the amount of GHG per barrel on a continual basis but, the increase in production still outweighs the decrease per barrel and that results in an ever increasing GHG output.
http://www.pembina.org/blog/776 P.J. Partington — Jan. 15, 2014 Wrote: “Alberta was already Canada’s largest emitter in 2005. As you can see in the graph below, its emissions are projected to increase by nearly 40 per cent from 2005 to 2030. — It comes as no surprise that Alberta’s booming emissions are being driven by rapid expansion in the oilsands. Well before 2020, the oilsands sector alone is projected to emit more than any province …”
The oil sands are the single largest source of GHG emissions in the world. Exporting to China-Asia is the main reason for industry expansion, 37% forest cleared in 2012 alone. Less than 3% of the total production area has been certified reclaimed in 40 years, at that rate our great grandchildren will be left to reclaim where mining is today. If jobs and profit are the guidelines for allowing industry development then let us allow meth labs and grow-ops. To allow the oil industry to disregard peoples’ rights, allow them to disregard environmental law and then subsidize through less tax, add it all up and Canada is losing $40 Billion per year.