STUDY: Economic Impacts of Staged Development of Oil Sands Projects in Alberta (CERI)

The worldwide economic recession that hit in 2008 affected the Canadian oil sands significantly. But close to three years later the industry is once again expanding, with a number of major projects under development and still more proposed for the future. Pipelines, or other transportation means such as increased rail haulage, will soon be required to ship new product to destinations in the United States and elsewhere. Three major transportation projects are being planned and have received considerable attention from government, stakeholders, and the general public:

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  1. Ahmat says:

    The intensity of oisnalds carbon emissions — the amount of greenhouse gases created per every barrel of oil produced — increased by two per cent between 2009 and 2010, according to an industry report.The 2010 Responsible Canadian Energy progress report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) also found that overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oisnalds rose 14 per cent in the same time period as the number of oisnalds operations expandedHowever the CBC managed to boot the GHG intensity aspect of the story.An overall rise in emissions is not surprising given increased development of the oisnalds resource. The report found the number of oil wells and mines rose by eight per cent and six per cent, respectively.But the revelation that emissions intensity increased is surprising.The industry takes pride in the fact that GHGs per barrel have dropped over time. It has been quick to trumpet the fact that between 1990 and 2009, the intensity in a barrel of oisnalds bitumen declined by 29 per cent.The 2010 two per cent increase marks a small chink in that record.In fact, GHG intensity has now climbed almost 20% since 2006 (see , also shown above), according to government figures on emissions and production. The 2010 increase appears to be less than those in 2007 and 2009.In the CBC Current interview, host Anna Maria Tremonti (who did have the actual facts) confronted Kathryn Marshall with the recent increase in GHG intensity. Marshall simply denied it, sputtering that wasn’t the case according to her information .Once again oil sands proponents have been caught playing fast and loose with the facts.

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