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Tight Oil, Canada’s Pipeline Capacity & The Trans Mountain Pipeline’s Feasibility

The ECOreport talks to David Hughes about tight oil, Canada’s pipeline capacity & the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s feasibility

By Roy L Hales

Last March I interviewed internationally recognized energy expert David Hughes at his home on Cortes Island. Publication of this story was delayed, in part, because of a six minute segment in which he discussed some of the issues raised in his newly published report Will the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tidewater Access Boost Prices and Save Canada’s Oil Industry? However we touched upon a wide range of subjects, including Tight Oil, Canada’s Pipeline Capacity & the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s feasibility.

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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Are Drastically Underreported

The ECOreport looks at two alarming new reports, studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported

By Roy L Hales

Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported.

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  1. Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Canada Needs Climate Churchills, Not Chamberlains

The ECOreport comments on the pan-Canadian climate plan, Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some believe the pan-Canadian climate plan is an important milestone on the pathway to mid-century decarbonization. The Federal government and provinces have agreed to “adopt strengthened building codes, to implement an effective clean fuels standard, and to increase the carbon price after 2022.” However Saskatchewan did not sign the agreement and Premiers like Christy Clark and Rachel Notley only did so because they were given “flexibility” to expand their province’s fossil fuel infrastructure.  Future generations may look back upon the Trudeau era as the peak of LNG and oil sands development. Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains.

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British Columbia’s Climate Leadership

The ECOreport looks at criticisms that British Columbia’s Climate Leadership ceased five years ago

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In 2008, British Columbia became the first North American jurisdiction to introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax.  This drew international recognition. That was 8 years ago. The Pembina Institute suggests British Columbia’s climate leadership may be something in the past.

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Health Canada Finds Alberta’s SO2 Emissions Troubling

The ECOreporet reposts a report that Health Canada Finds Alberta’s SO2 Emissions Troubling

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Andrew Read

Albertans pay a high price in terms of air quality and health complications due to the burning of coal to produce electricity, a recently released Health Canada study has found. The seemingly regular release of new data confirming the health risks associated with coal underscores the urgent need to phase the antiquated energy production method out.

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Alberta’s Climate Plan Is Not Aggressive Enough

Given Alberta’s recent history,  the province’s new climate plan is “astonishingly good”; In terms of what the planet needs,  Alberta’s Climate Plan Is Not Aggressive Enough

Originally Published on Clean Technica

by Mike Barnard

On November 22, Alberta’s new government released its new climate plan. From the lens of Alberta, home of the oil sands with a 40+ year history of governments which coddled the oil and gas industry, it’s astoundingly good. From outside of Alberta, looked at with a more global view, it’s merely okay, portions of it are not nearly aggressive enough, and others leave me scratching my head. Let’s look at the major components of the plan.

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Images Related To Air Quality in Alberta

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Benjamin Thibault, Andrew Read & Joe Vipond

In February, Environment Canada presented a series of images related to air quality in Alberta at the Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium. The Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency, which hosted the symposium, recently posted the full suite of images, including videos, online.

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Emissions from Tar Sands Only 20% Higher

A comparative study gas and diesel emissions from product originating in Alberta and the United States found that emissions from Tar Sands Only 20% Higher

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Kat Kerlin

Gasoline and diesel fuel extracted and refined from Canadian oil sands will release about 20 percent more carbon into the atmosphere over the oil’s lifetime than fuel from conventional crude sources in the Unied States, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory; the University of California, Davis; and Stanford University.

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BC’s Need to confront Climate change (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

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