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The Cross-Canada Impacts of Developing the Oil and Gas Industry of the Energy Sector

Briefing note to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources

The Cross-Canada Impacts of Developing the Oil and Gas Industry of the Energy Sector

Published March 27, 2014

By Sarah Dobson

This briefing note was presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources in conjunction with testimony from the Pembina Institute.

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline

Published Feb. 6, 2014

By Clare Demerse, Erin Flanagan

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Correspondence concerning President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test"

Received under an Access to Information request

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs)

Email correspondence concerning U.S. President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" from staff at Canada's embassy in Washington.

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Pembina Institute Perspective

Oilsands Transportation Infrastructure

Published Nov. 25, 2013

By Pembina Institute

This backgrounder provides the Pembina Institute's perspective on new oilsands transportation initiatives.

Context for climate action in Canada

Published Oct. 9, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.

Published Aug. 26, 2013

By Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)

Briefing notes prepared by Natural Resources Canada for Minister Joe Oliver, relevant to the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

Climate change and the 2013 British Columbia election

Published May 7, 2013

By Matt Horne, Josha MacNab, Kevin Sauvé

An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.

Strengthening Alberta’s greenhouse gas regulations

Published April 19, 2013

By Simon Dyer

Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) is due for renewal in 2014, and the Government of Alberta is currently considering revisions to the regulation. A stronger SGER would help Alberta reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance social license to operate for sectors, such as the oilsands, that face continued scrutiny of environmental performance.

This briefing note outlines the Pembina Institute's perspective on how Alberta needs to strengthen its greenhouse gas regulations.

The climate implications of the proposed Keystone XL oilsands pipeline

Published Jan. 17, 2013

By Nathan Lemphers

This backgrounder features new analysis showing that producing enough bitumen to fill the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and inhibit Canada’s ability to meet its climate targets.

Challenges to exporting Canadian oilsands crude overseas

An overview of significant short-term barriers and market uncertainties facing Canadian oilsands exports

Challenges to exporting Canadian oilsands crude overseas

Published Feb. 24, 2012

By Nathan Lemphers

There are several barriers that make exporting Canadian oilsands to overseas markets (and most notably Asian markets) a challenging prospect in the near future.

This briefing note discusses the most likely options to transport oilsands beyond the American Midwest, where the export market is currently saturated with oilsands exports and new Bakken shale oil production. These options include additional pipelines to the West (Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain) and to the East (Enbridge Trailbreaker), as well as rail transport.

Pipeline and Tanker Trouble

The impact to British Columbia's communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport

Pipeline and Tanker Trouble

Published Nov. 29, 2011

By Living Oceans Society, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Nathan Lemphers

This report highlights the environmental risks associated with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry more than half a million barrels of raw oilsands crude oil (known as bitumen) daily across important salmon-bearing rivers, coastal rainforests, and sensitive marine waters in British Columbia.

Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management

Two decades of ineffective policies have left their mark on the Canadian landscape

Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management

Published Sept. 22, 2011

By Jennifer Grant, Nathan Lemphers, Lindsay Fischer

Filling the proposed KXL pipeline with oilsands will result in nearly a 50 per cent increase in oilsands production. Until environmental management of the oilsands is improved, KXL will cause significant environmental harm due to increased oilsands production.

These briefing materials provide a summary on the impact of oilsands development on land, species at risk, First Nations, water and tailings and greenhouse gases.

Oilsands and climate change

How Canada's oilsands are standing in the way of effective climate action

Oilsands and climate change

Published Sept. 16, 2011

By Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers, Lindsay Fischer

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline issued by the U.S. Department of State overlooked key information and context on greenhouse gas emission management in Canada. In fact, a close inspection of Canada's climate record illustrates key weaknesses at the federal level as well as in Alberta.

This fact sheet and briefing note aim to supplement the dialogue by providing key information on oilsands emissions growth, future oilsands intensity improvements, and the climate policies in effect in Canada at the provincial and federal levels.

Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

Published July 14, 2011

By Matthew Bramley

This in-depth study, prepared by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, explores the significance, benefits and impacts of the recent surge in natural gas production in North America, particularly in light of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.

Federal election 2011: A checklist for clean energy success

Published April 1, 2011

By Pembina Institute

This document outlines the core elements of a strong climate change and energy electoral platform. Throughout the federal campaign, the Pembina Institute will be assessing parties' climate change and energy commitments using the criteria outlined in this document, which are drawn from our research and analysis on these topics.

Tenable Tenure

The need for oil and gas tenure reform in British Columbia

Tenable Tenure

Published March 1, 2011

By Jennifer Dagg, Karen Campbell, Terra Simieritsch

Oil and gas activity is currently the largest resource industry in British Columbia, in terms of resource revenue to government and arguably also in terms of impact on the environment.

The first step in the oil and gas development process is the sale of tenures - or subsurface rights. In recent years the tenure system has been coming into conflict with communities, strongly held public environmental values and First Nations legal rights. Government is conflicted because it relies on the resource revenues from auctioning tenures, but at the same time is under pressure to respond to environmental and wildlife impacts. 


Public resources, private wealth

How B.C.'s natural gas royalty regime is shortchanging British Columbians

Public resources, private wealth

Published March 1, 2011

By Amy Taylor, Karen Campbell

In the past 10 years, the B.C. government has increasingly looked to natural gas development as a source of provincial revenue. At the same time, the government has introduced many royalty rate reductions and increased spending to attract investment in natural gas developments and increase production.

While the industry does play an important role in the province's economy — in 2008/2009, it contributed just over $2 billion in royalty and lease sale revenue to provincial coffers, accounting for 6% of total provincial revenue — support for

Published Jan. 31, 2011

By Nathan Lemphers, Danielle Droitsch

This briefing note draws from a recent Pembina Institute analysis of the likelihood of near term opportunities for oilsands exports from Canada to Asia via the West Coast. 

Published Jan. 31, 2011

By Dan Woynillowicz, Jeremy Moorhouse, Danielle Droitsch

This backgrounder provides a general overview of life cycle assessment and examines the various analyses of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions conducted to date, and concludes with a recommended checklist for performing a robust life cycle assessment of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions to inform public policy decisions. 

Slideshow: Pipeline to Nowhere?

Uncertainties and unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

Published Dec. 16, 2010

By Nathan Lemphers

This slideshow presents highlights of the report Pipeline to Nowhere?, which addresses several unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

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