Category: Drill, Baby, Drill

I Want A New Country

Post Millenial;

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held discussions with the Senegalese President Macky Sall over a partnership that could offer “attractive growth potential” in the oil and gas sector for the West African country.
Justin Trudeau has been on a world tour in an attempt to garner support for a seat at the United Nation’s security council. Trudeau was in Africa last week, where he granted a $10 million package to empower African women.
Trudeau’s willingness to engage in foreign oil and gas projects may come as a surprise to Canadians who have seen the prime minister fail to intervene in illegal blockades over the building of a pipeline in Northern British Columbia.

Speaking of illegal blockades, Saskatchewan’s own man of inaction has popped his head out from under the desk to send a strongly worded tweet.

“We need action now”.

We’re just fucking doomed.

If Only They Had Solar Panels

Trucks lining up for grain dryer LP at Garden City, Minnesota.

There’s more on this thread.

I Want A New Country

BOE Report;

In 2018 alone, according to detailed information I recently requested from Statistics Canada, the value of crude oil imported into the country was nearly $20 billion. Considering that the oil business is one of the most job-rich parts of the economy, this amounts to exporting a lot of high-paying domestic jobs to foreign places.
It’s true there are some complications to the picture that are sometimes lost in the rush judgement, such as the fact even with pipelines to the Atlantic, it would not be simple to replace the lighter grades of oil coming in to Saint John, New Brunswick by tanker.
Complications aside, the inflow is an irritant to those who see made-in-Canada petroleum under sustained attack inside of Canada, including by our own politicians, while imported fuels are able to dodge nearly all of the barriers our own products face. This is what torques the irritation to rage – the fact that the vast majority of our fossil fuel imports fail to meet the same environmental, social or economic standards that beleaguered Canadian energy must.
It turns out that crude oil is not the only fossil fuel product this applies to.

h/t rockyt

I Want A New Country

Scheer climate plan would encompass more big polluters, require investments as penalty

A portion of Scheer’s plan, obtained by CBC News, would compel facilities that produce 40 kilotonnes of emissions or more per year to invest in green tech. The Trudeau government’s current rules impose emission caps on firms that emit more than 50 kilotonnes per year.
Scheer will outline his party’s much-anticipated environmental policy at a speech in Quebec on Wednesday. The Liberals have criticized him for taking such a long time to release a climate plan; Scheer was elected leader of the Conservative Party in May 2017. […]
In 2017, the 1,622 facilities monitored by Environment Canada’s GHG Reporting Program accounted for 292 megatonnes of emissions — 41 per cent of Canada’s total, according to Environment Canada. The oil and gas sector was responsible for more than a third of those emissions.
Mining and oil and gas have been the only sectors to increase emissions since 2005.

Coulda had Max.

Related: Limousine Liberal Catherine McKenna’s “climate emergency” hypocrisy

h/t A Canadian, Nancy Ross

The Rockefellers vs. Albertans

How come American $$$ influence in Alberta’s election is okay?

Alberta is in the final days before an election and the backbone industry of its economy is practically broken because all pipeline projects out of the province have been stalled or ended. This didn’t happen for no reason. This was planned and is precisely what a Rockefeller Brothers Fund campaign was funded to bring about.

The Tar Sands Campaign has been running for more than a decade with financial help from the US$870-million Rockefeller family philanthropic foundation. The goal of the campaign, as CBC reported in January, is to sabotage all pipeline projects that would export crude oil from Western Canada to lucrative overseas markets.

h/t Ken Kulak

Related: Danielle Smith interviews Vivian Krause h/t Watcher

Trump Is Fracturing OPEC

Trump’s tweet over the weekend that Saudi Arabia agreed to add 2 million barrels per day (mb/d) of supply confused the oil markets, pushing prices down a bit on Monday. Most analysts dismissed the statement, concluding that Trump was confused when the Saudis told him they have 2 mb/d of spare capacity, and not that they had planned to bring that capacity online.


A few days on from that episode, however, it actually doesn’t look that black and white.

Minister McKenna Wants to Hear from You!

Today is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the federal environmental review process.
In 2016, an expert panel reviewed federal EA processes as set out in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which was passed by the Harper government in 2012. The expert panel report – Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada – was then released in April of this year which summarizes the panel’s recommendations.
To say that this new process could cause some problems is an understatement. According to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the new approach will:

  • Greatly expand the list of projects subject to a federal assessment process in addition to provincial or territorial processes, leading to increased costs and duplicated efforts without improving environmental outcomes.
  • Overstep the constitutional division of responsibilities between the federal government and the provinces and territories, setting the stage for jurisdictional conflict and confusion.
  • Invite participation in the assessment process by parties with no interest in the project, allowing individuals and groups who oppose development generally, or competitors seeking economic advantage through regulatory obstruction, to delay the proceedings.
  • The deadline to respond is May 5, so you don’t have much time. Here are some key points the Chamber has provided which could help you with your own response:

  • The Canadian Chamber supports a rigorous environment assessment process that protects Canadians and our environment. A system that is clear, simple and timely is the best way to balance environmental protection with economic growth.
  • While the expert panel report does contain helpful suggestions, overall the report is a move in the wrong direction, pushing Canada further away from an efficient but rigorous assessment process that could balance environmental protection with economic growth.
  • The expert panel’s proposed approach would likely expand the types of projects and activities subject to federal assessment in addition to provincial/territorial processes, leading to increased costs and duplicated efforts without improving environmental outcomes.
  • The panel’s proposed approach to impact assessments would invite unilateral federal intrusion into provincial/territorial jurisdiction, creating the potential for conflict and confusion.
  • The panel recommends that every step of the assessment process be based on consensus, which is not a realistic approach. Instead, the focus should be on enhancing collaboration, inclusion, engagement and transparency within a fact-based quasi-judicial process.
  • The cost and complexity of Canada’s environmental regulatory processes is becoming yet another area of weighing down the competitiveness of the Canadian business. Canada’s economy cannot afford a regulatory process that is a barrier to investment.
  • Again, go to Let’s Talk EA now and have your say before this woman destroys us all.
    UPDATE: A commentator says that the comments to this initiative have been closed since November. This is not true. That initial feedback period was for the expert panel, whereas this one is a comment period on the panel’s recommendation.
    As for those who think this is a waste of time, know that the Left doesn’t think this way. One of the worst aspects of the environmental review process is that the public input is dominated by activists, so much so that the process gets bogged down into nothingness. The recommendations of this panel propose to return to this state, where project development becomes too burdensome that investors will look elsewhere to put their money.
    Canadian resource companies are definitely taking this seriously. You should too.

    Drill Baby, Drill

    Details here: “We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure,” Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, said in a statement.TransCanada can start building the final phase of the pipeline, a 1,200-mile section from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Neb. From there, the already operating southern length of Keystone XL will carry Albertan oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Keystone XL is designed to carry 800,000 barrels per day of oil sands to refineries.

    Drill Dakota, Drill

    NBC News;

    The controversial Dakota Access pipeline will receive a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow construction of the $3.7 billion project to be completed, according to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.


    After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes.
    Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office is keeping an eye out for tax forms from environmental groups that may have hired protesters to agitate against the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline project.
    […] It’s no secret that millions have been funneled into the six-month-old demonstration via crowdfunding websites, and that more than 30 environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, Food and Water Watch, and Greenpeace, have backed the protest.
    If national environmental organizations are paying protest personnel, they’re not saying so publicly. Still, Mr. Rauschenberger said red flags will be raised if he doesn’t start seeing W2 or 1099 tax forms from those affiliated with the protest arriving at his office.
    “It’s something we could possibly pursue if we don’t see 1099s coming in for the activity,” Mr. Rauschenberger said.

    Send them a bill for this, too.