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1 The future of the oilsands: creating the link between pipelines and upstream environmental management CPANS 2012 Spring Conference Nathan Lemphers Senior Policy Analyst 24 April 2012

2 Outline Introduction to Pembina (de) Evolution of an Issue KXL Decision Dilemma Alternative Futures

3 The Pembina Institute The Pembina Institute is an environmental nonprofit think tank with 55 staff in seven offices across Canada. We work to advance sustainable energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy.

4 Pembina’s Oilsands Experience ENGO with most experience on oil sands issues (19+ yrs) Past and present multi-stakeholder group involvement (WBEA, CEMA, CASA, OSEC) Bilateral negotiations with companies Participation in public hearings for major oilsands projects Corporate consulting with oil sands companies Research (60,000 downloads in 2011)

5 Pembina’s Perspective Responsible Oil Sands Development: Current environmental impacts need to be addressed Establish science-based, environmental limits Future development occurs within science-based limits Revenue from oil sands development used to transition to a clean energy economy

6 Forecasted Production

7 Primary Concern: Pace and scale in the absence of environmental limits

8 Royal Society of Canada Report – Key Findings “The regulatory capacity of the Alberta and Canadian Governments does not appear to have kept pace with rapid expansion.” Inadequate government oversight A focus on public relations Lack of information to inform decision-making Little progress on cumulative effects management

9 (de) Evolution of an Issue Climate change > Oilsands > Pipelines

10 (de) Evolutionary outcomes Oilsands and Pipelines are poor proxies for climate change Pipelines are poor proxy for oilsands

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13 (de) Evolutionary outcomes Increasing public attention BP Oil Spill – April 2010 Source: US Chemical Safety Board

14 (de) Evolutionary outcomes Increasing public attention BP Oil Spill – April 2010 Enbridge Pipeline Spill – July 2010 Source: State of Michigan

15 (de) Evolutionary outcomes Increasing public attention BP Oil Spill – April 2010 Enbridge Pipeline Spill – July 2010 Plains Midstream Canada Rainbow Lake Pipeline Spill – April 2011

16 Linking pipelines with upstream impacts Pembina Institute environmental impacts of oilsands Oil companies/GOA economic benefits of oilsands

17 Keystone XL Decision Denial of Presidential Permit on Jan 18, 2012 by President Obama

18 Lessons for Industry/GOA From Ewart at Calgary Herald (20 Jan 2012) “Shareholder interest ≠ National interest” “Don’t overplay energy security or jobs” “A new world order” (public involvement) “If you don’t regulate, others will”

19 Dilemma Status quo: deny, deflect, defend Constriction of traditional policymaking venues OR Instigate national conversations Contextualize oilsands development

20 Alternative futures Decreasing or delayed market access LCFS, FQD, KXL, Northern Gateway OR Improved long-term competitiveness Improved environmental performance Improved relations w/ FNs and ENGOs

21 Conclusion Growing links between pipelines and upstream development Dilemma: status quo, limit venues, limit market access create venues appropriate to the issues, improve environmental management

22 For more information Pembina eNews Media releases Publication alerts Twitter Facebook


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