BC’s Decision to Limit amount of Diluent in Pipelines

The Green Party of Alberta applauds this decision from our BC neighbors. We call on the continued development of new technologies to transport our heavy oil as showcased in this innovation being made right here in Alberta to turn the bitumen into balls to be transported by rail.

The Greens opposition to pipelines carrying diluent has always been about that component and not the concept of a pipeline. Until we can assure ourselves that the tools are there for us to clean-up a spill with diluent in it, we are taking an enormous risk with our environment.

The recent tanker disaster off the coast of the East China Sea that was carrying diluent underscores the devastating environmental damage that will be done to that marine landscape.

Romy Tittel


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  • Albertans seem to have a fixation on transporting raw oil, in whatever form (think bitumen or diluted bitumen) through pipelines to where it is to be processed and used. While we should first be trying to reduce use of fossil fuel products, I wonder why we don’t do more to process the raw products in Alberta into safer, more easily used products; or better, even finished products. That would create employment and add value to what we have for sale to the world. The consequence of doing that would be less need for more or newer pipelines, a better prospect for the waters off the west coast and a massive reduction of political opposition from BC (and the Green Party of Alberta). Caveat: I am not a petroleum engineer. However, I do not see why those who are cannot do something positive about fixing the problem rather than wailing about the resistance to the status quo.

    • Thanks for this Mark. The NDP government just approved a new refinery for producing plastics and other by-products from our oil last year. We are however, restricted by NAFTA clauses that limited the amount of refining we did here in an effort to send our cheaper product to the midwest where the Koch refineries would be the beneficiaries. The Kinder Morgan pipeline project is already under tremendous economic pressure as the US fracking in Texas and in the Appalachians is rapidly creating an abundant supply in an environment where rules and regulations are being relaxed or just plain thrown out to accommodate this expansion. They are already having financing issues and any more permitting issues they will face will mean the project will be shelved. Notely has already admitted that the oil and gas sector will provide only one more generation of jobs, that’s 20 years. I predict we will be lucky to get another 15. At that rate no company will invest the amount of money necessary to build these large infrastructure projects as they would need upwards of a 40 year ROI (Return on Investment) to be profitable. I was listening to Jason Kenney speak about how the Energy East pipeline got stopped but this project would have required Irving Oil to invest billions of dollar to upgrade their refineries to handle our dirty oil, which would never have happened no matter how much Quebec raised their environmental concerns. All of these projects are coming down to investing in an industry whose time is running out.

  • Here is from a CBC article this morning;
    “Canada has watched several pipeline projects evaporate in the last year, including TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline between Alberta and the east coast, the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline from the Beaufort Sea, and the Northwest LNG project in B.C.

    Proponents in all three cases cited regulatory holdups as one of the reasons for the demise of the projects, although regulation was only one factor.

    “The regulatory process sure didn’t help, but at the end of the day, market forces probably made the decision,” Dachis said.”

    Article; https://globalnews.ca/news/3999686/pipeline-problems-not-carbon-taxes-the-bigger-factor-in-energy-competitiveness/

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