Looking at the 9th Biennial Peace Region Petroleum Show, you’d never know that the area has experienced a slowdown in the oil and gas industry in recent years.
May 18 & 19 � Evergreen Park � Grande Prairie Petroleum Friday, May 13, 2011 Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2 Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune � Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune � Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune � Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3 3 Ninth Biennial Petroleum Show set REMO ZACCAGNA Herald-Tribune staff Looking at the 9th Biennial Peace Region Petroleum Show, you'd never know that the area has experienced a slowdown in the oil and gas industry in recent years. And while activity in the region is picking up, the popularity of the show - the third largest of its kind in North America according to Rob Petrone of the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association � has not wavered. The last event in 2009 had more than 350 exhibitors and this year's incarnation of the two-day event on May 18-19 is 90% sold out. That includes both the inside and outside booths that will be set up at the TEC Centre at Evergreen Park "We're really excited about the show, it's shaping up to be very similar to the show we had two years ago," Petrone said. The show's popularity is indicative of the relative health of the local industry, he added. "It's a sign that things are picking up a little bit and we've got some real good people coming in and displaying some of the new technology they have to offer, so we're pretty excited about it," he said. 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Positive permeating the petroleum community Continued from Page 3 Wade Doris, past chairman of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the show, said it demonstrates the positive vibe permeating the local petroleum industry. "I think there is and by all indications, by our booth count and how sales are going right now for the booths, everything seems to be doing really well," he said. The show will unofficially kick off the day before with an exhibitor's golf tournament at the Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club. A Customer Appreciation Meet and Greet will conclude the first day, giving a chance for everyone to network learn about what's new in an ever-evolving industry. "What it does is it gives the producers, oil and gas companies, an opportunity to go down there and tour around and see some of the new technology and some of the changes in our industry and hopefully take what we learn from there and apply it to our day-today operations and become more efficient," Petrone said. "Whether it's reducing emissions, our impact on the environment, or increasing revenue and improving costs, it's all about being as efficient as we can." However, the show is open to the general public as well. "We're hoping that we can attract a bunch of people to come down and see what we do as an industry," Petrone said. The size and scope of the show, being held at Evergreen Park for the third time, also underscores how important the region is to the overall oil and gas industry. "Probably the biggest thing is that it just highlights the huge economic impact and how significant the whole petroleum industry is to Grande Prairie and to our region," Doris said. "It gives everybody involved in that industry a place to go and promote themselves and hopefully strengthen their business and make networking connections." But the show is also important to the local economy. For several days, people from as far away as Manitoba will descend upon Grande Prairie, creating spin-off benefits for those in the restaurant and hospitality business. "It just creates a whirlwind of activity for those couple of days, so it's very exciting," Doris said. Emilia Hovorka, executive director of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, said that the event is "more than just a show" in that it not only attracts people to the area, but a particular type of business traveller that may be back for repeat visits. "It is a large chunk of the business for our operators in the region, there's no doubt about that. It affects everything from dining, to hotels, to even shopping," she said. 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It was good, it was a reasonable year and I think this is the type of activity we're going to see over the next several years," said Rob Petrone. And this even though prices for natural gas, which is what is predominantly drilled in the Peace Country, continue to hover at or below $4 per million Btu, well below the break-even point. That alone has had an effect on the local drilling industry. "It's a supply and demand and there's just an oversupply right now of natural gas and we don't see that changing for the next while, that's for sure," Petrone said. "But most of the producing companies have switched their focus from natural gas to liquid rich or oil type plays. So that's where most of the activities are focused." Nevertheless, Petrone said the local industry is relatively healthy compared to previous years. "The price of natural gas isn't as strong as we'd like it to be, but the price of oil is fairly strong and technology has changed such that we're able to exploit some of the production that we weren't in previous years," he said. "So we're definitely coming out of the bottom and rebounding and things are looking pretty promising." Industry figures released earlier this year indicate that an industry-wide rebound is underway. In late January, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada updated its 2011 drilling forecast that it had originally made in November. According to PSAC, they forecast that 12,750 wells would be drilled in Canada this year, up 500 wells from its November forecast. Provincially, it forecast 8,390 wells in Alberta in 2011, a 3% increase. Contracts to buy West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil for delivery in June � so-called futures � at $200 a barrel have escalated amid worsening civil unrest in Libya and rare calls for a "Day of Rage" in Saudi Arabia $110 Speculators now own up to 320 million barrels Mar 8: $106.45 of $200-a-barrel WTI, equivalent to 44% of U.S Strategic Petroleum Reserve of 727m barrels 100 Feb 15-16: Protests start in Libya � WTI trades at $84.32 90 Jan 4: WTI trades at $89.38 80 Feb 21: Libya's Muammar Gaddafi pledges to fight to "last drop of blood" F E B R U A R Y � GRAPHIC NEWS Sources: Bloomberg, Schork Report newsletter J A N U A R Y MARCH However, Petrone said he doesn't think much of that increase will be translated to the Grande Prairie region. "I don't think it will have a major impact on the number of wells drilled in our area. The majority of that would be liquid rich gas or oil. The price of oil is so strong that that's where the focus is shifting to," he said. "The majority of those wells that they talked about would be chasing oil plays, which isn't predominately in this area." Dan Sumner, an economist with ATB Financial, echoed that assessment. "Whereas earlier in the decade surging gas prices drove activity, almost all the excitement in 2011 is on the oil side of the equation," he said. "This sentiment is also showing up in the data with oil wells accounting for over half the wells drilled currently compared to less than 25% from 2003-2006." Gary Leach, executive director of Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, said while the drilling numbers are lower than during the boom period in the middle of the last decade, they're not compara- ble because technology has changed to make drilling more efficient and environmentally friendly, and the PSAC figures may not reflect the full level of activity in Alberta. "We may never get to the sheer numbers of wells drilled that we had five or six years ago, but that's because we're drilling more horizontal wells, and more multilateral wells, and the expansion costs and the complexity of those wells is quite a but more significant than in a vertical well," he explained. Meanwhile, the Alberta government is stepping closer to creating a single oil and gas regulatory body. As part of an overall competitiveness review undertaken last year, a "regulatory enhancement task force" delivered a set of recommendations to Energy Minister Ron Liepert. Among the biggest departures from the current process, the task force recommended the creation of the single regulatory body. Currently, certain aspects of oil and gas activity in the province are under the purview of the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Energy department, and the department of Sustainable Resource Development. "(There's) a lot of bureaucracy right now and that does impact on timelines, no doubt about it, so if there's opportunities to streamline and get decisions made quicker then I think it'll benefit everybody," Petrone said. The idea of a single regulatory entity was also met with approval outside of Grande Prairie. "Our view is that we can improve the efficiency of the system without compromising protecting the public and protecting the environment," Leach said. "We think this is an important step in setting up a framework that will work towards those goals. We think it makes sense to find efficiencies with a single regulatory, so we approve." Other recommendations include establishing a new policy management office and better integrating natural resources policies; providing clear public engagement processes; adopting a common approach to risk assessment and management; and adopting performance measures to achieve continuous improvement. One recommendation that piqued Leach's interest was one to create a mechanism to resolve and enforce disputes between landowners and companies. "That may be something novel, but we haven't seen much detail," he said. Liepert said the recommendations will undergo a review process and legislation "will be introduced this spring to begin implementation of the report." Leach said it was a good first step by the government to lessen the regulatory burden on producers, but results may not be seen for years. "It's going to take several years, actually, to implement all this. This is really just a report, kind of a high-level report," he said. "I think for a province where energy investment is such a huge driver of the economy, our regulatory system needs to be an enabler of resource development, not a barrier." Petrone said industry is ready to work with the government to help streamline the entire process. 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Drilling anD ProDuction While producers have only been focusing on shale gas for the past few years, extracting hydrocarbons from shale is not new. In fact, natural gas has been produced from shale in the Appalachian Mountains since the late 1800s. Today, there are two primary technologies used to produce shale gas: horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fraccing," in industry jargon, involves injecting fluid at a very high pressure into underground rock formations in order to fracture the rock. The fluid pumped down the well is loaded with granular material that helps prop open the fractures and allows the gas to escape the shale. The gas can then flow to the surface through a well. By drilling horizontal wells, where the drill bit is steered along a horizontal trajectory, the wellbore is exposed to as much of the shale reservoir as possible and may intersect more natural fractures. The trade-off between horizontal wells and conventional vertical wells is increased access to the reservoir but at a higher cost. The technology and the extra time needed to drill horizontally or to fracture a well makes shale gas expensive to produce. Horizontal shale gas wells typically cost $5 to $10 million. Furthermore, shale gas producers generally only recover 20% of the gas while in conventional reservoirs, more than 90% of the gas is normally recovered. EnvironmEntal EffEcts There are some concerns about the effects shale gas drilling has on the watershed, landuse footprint and increase in carbon dioxide emissions, among other environmental issues. Drilling and hydraulically fracturing wells can be water-intensive procedures. In the U.S. where water is extensively used in hydraulic fracturing, producers developing the Barnett Shale in Texas used one per cent of all the water consumed in the Fort Worth basin in 2007. Water that has been used to fracture a shale gas well can contain chemicals and additives so it is never allowed to enter the watershed. Typically, it is disposed of by injecting it deep below the earth's surface into rock formations, which is a common practice in Western Canada and strictly regulated by provincial authorities. The landuse footprint of shale gas development is not expected to be much greater than conventional operations because advances in horizontal drilling allow for up to 10n or more wells to be drilled from the same wellsite. While not all shale gas contains significant amounts of CO2, the potential growth in carbon emissions from some shale gas is being addressed with proposals for carbon capture and sequestration. Still, it is very early to make any conclusions about how developing this resource will impact the environment. shalE gas in canaDa With the recent drop in Canadian conventional natural gas production, shale gas could allow Canada to meet its own need for natural gas well into the 21st century. Canadian shale gas plays that are currently being evaluated, includde the: � Montney Formation � The production of natural gas from horizontal shale gas wells in the Montney of northeast B.C. has risen from zero in 2005 to 10.7 106 cubic metres per day (376 million cubic feet per day) and is expected to continue rising. As of July 2009, 234 horizontal wells were producing from the Montney shale. Exploration companies have spent more than $2 billion since 2005 to acquire rights in the Montney Formation from the B.C. government. � Horn River Basin - Wells in this basin in northeast British Columbia are prolific and produce an average initial flow rate of 230,000 cubic metres per day (8 million cubic feet per day) with the top wells ranking amongst the most productive drilled in Western Canada last year. Exploration companies have spent over $2 billion to acquire resource rights in this basin. � Colorado Group - The Colorado Group of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan have been producing natural gas from shale for over 100 years. Because of poor rock conditions and the risk of caving in the wellbore, only vertical wells are planned in the Colorado shale. � Utica Group - These shales, located between Montr�al and Quebec City near the Appalachian Mountain front, have an increased potential for natural fractures. The potential for shale gas from the Utica Group is still in the early evaluation stages. � Horton Bluff Group - While still in the early evaluation stage, two vertical wells drilled in New Brunswick have flowed 4,200 cubic metres per day (0.15 million cubic feet per day) after undergoing small fractures. Currently, there is not enough infrastructure in northeast B.C. to handle growth in shale gas production beyond the next few years. In 2008, the National Energy Board approved an application by Spectra Energy to build the South Peace Natural Gas Pipeline which would carry 6.2 106 cubic metres per day (220 million cubic feet per day) through the Montney area to Spectra's gas processing plant in Taylor, B.C. Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. has also applied to the NEB to build the Groundbirch Pipeline in the same area, with a potential capacity of 28 106 cubic metres per day (1 billion cubic feet per day). The Utica shale gas play is adjacent to the Trans Qu�bec & Maritimes Pipeline while potential shale gas from the Horton Bluff is close to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Conclusion While there is currently little significant production of shale gas, studies show there is potentially 30 1012 cubic metres (1,000 trillion cubic feet) of shale gas in Canada if not more. However, the economics of shale gas development is still uncertain. The industry will only invest in developing the resource if it is profitable, which means the price of gas from other sources, like LNG, will need to be higher than the cost of producing shale gas. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? Join us at the 2011 Petroleum Show! Canyon is the fastest growing Fracturing Company in Western Canada. If you're looking for a career with a leading organization that promotes Integrity, Relationships, Innovation, and Success then we're looking for YOU! 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According to Rob Petrone, district superintendent for Devon Canada, the company employs approximately 200 people in the Grande Prairie region, accounting for a large portion of its production among its nine Canadian districts. "Most of our production is natural gas, but we do have some oil production in the area. Our fields extend north, west, east, and south of Grande Prairie," he said, noting that Grande Prairie drilling accounts for more than a third of the volumes produced in Canada for Devon Energy. "In the Grande Prairie region here, we produce about 45% of the natural gas for Devon Canada." Devon's ranking on the Best Workplaces in Canada list was based on two criteria. Two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by employees, who also have the opportunity to provide open-ended comments. 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Dr. Eddy Isaacs, the CEO of Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions, made these remarks at the annual general meeting of the Lakeland Industry and Community Association (LICA) at the Bonnyville Senior Drop-in Centre on May 4. However, before this could happen, he said, certain conditions must happen must be met, including the natural gas bubble popping. As well, there are other environmental concerns in addition to greenhouse gas emissions that currently aren't receiving the attention they should. During the meeting, he predicted a change in natural gas costs, which are historically low. "The bubble will burst, in my opinion, in the next five years." Since Alberta is a leading natural gas producer, the province will have to shift to markets outside of the U.S., including Asian countries, to compensate for the increased cost of natural gas. Closer to home, this will mean a change in how oilsands companies get oil. 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None of these pilot projects present a solution to both the reduction of energy use and carbon emission, both of which are contributors to global climate change. Isaacs said he and others in industry are currently looking for a project that would do both. While the oilsands greenhouse gas emissions have garnered mainstream attention, there is another oilsands concern that Isaacs brought up that, for many, lurks under the surface. Since the development of the oilsands, he said, there has been a lack of attention to how these developments are affecting groundwater near the operations. "We don't know all of the ground water we have, how much of it is being used, and what are the baseline issues with that groundwater," he said. "There is a lot of work that needs to be done." Regardless, Isaac remained optimistic about the future of the oilsands and its environmental impacts. 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However, already planned developments can go ahead in those conservation areas, and no new land is protected in areas of the heaviest bitumen deposits. Alberta Sustainable Resource Minister Mel Knight released the draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, the first regional plan developed under Alberta's Land-use Framework. One of the highlights of the plan was nearly two-million hectares identified as potential conservation areas � roughly three times the size of Banff National Park � in the Lower Peace Region, connecting to existing and proposed areas in the Lower Athabasca Region and Wood Buffalo National Park. The conservation areas in the two regions include part of the range and habitat areas for six caribou herds and will advance woodland caribou recovery efforts in Alberta. Ten new provincial recreation areas and six new public lands areas have been identified. The province is to work with First Nations on an access management strategy for the Richardson backcountry and to develop historic and cultural sites for tourism in the region. Government is proposing to put only about 10% of the region as new protect areas and an additional 6% as conservation areas that allow for ecosystem forestry, noted Jennifer Grant, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute. Her concerns include that about 85% of the new protected area is located in areas with no oil and gas or forestry potential, mostly in the Canadian Shield and extreme north, meaning they are not representative of the lands that are being impacted in the region's backyard. There are also concerns about the size of the areas, especially that the province's own advisory council suggested upwards of 32% be conserved and Wood Buffalo's Cumulative Environmental Management Association recommended ReuteRs North American oilpatch workers are busy not only in this country but in developments all over the world including this rig in Karkur, northern Israel. 780.539.0000 * INDUSTRIAL RADIOGRAPHY * ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTION GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB 40%. CEMA had direct input on the regional advisory council with participation from its executive director and two members, said Corey Hobbs, CEMA spokesman. Its reports, recommendations and data was used extensively by the committee. "CEMA is confident that its recommendations from the TEMF, P2FC, and other data had considerable influence on the twoyear process," he said, referring to the terrestrial ecosystems and phase two water management frameworks. "We need to set aside the right pieces of real estate at the right time for the right reason. Whether it's 21 or 22 or 18, that's not the important thing, chasing a number ... the important thing is to get it right," Knight said. The plan, he added, puts aside the largest contiguous piece of boreal forest that's under conservation in the world today. "We're working on a balance and Albertans want it all," said Knight. "Albertans want us to make sure that we have a strong economy, they want to make sure we're protecting the environment. They want to make sure that we have a social aspect and a quality of life in Alberta that they expect and deserve." Grant is calling for scientists to validate the plan to ensure the regional environment will be protected and to restore trust in government oversight. "It's important that GOA has acknowledged that science-based environmental limits and protecting ecologically sensitive areas is required if responsible oilsands development is to occur, but we do remain concerned that industry's interests are still trumping science-based environmental protection." As for protecting the Clearwater River from oilsands water withdrawal applications � a topic much discussed during the public consultations when the regional council came to town last year � Knight said those details aren't included in the plan. 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Support from Encana ensured these learning materials will be available outside of schools for the first time ever. For the past three years, Encana has partnered with DUC to offer the conservation awareness program to elementary schools in northeastern Nova Scotia near the landfall for the Deep Panuke project pipeline, as well as in Alberta and northeastern British Columbia. And on June 1, DUC unveiled picturesque Piper Pond near Dawson Creek, B.C., a wetland habitat restored thanks to Encana's financial support of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign. In 2007, Encana became the first corporate sponsor of this DUC initiative by contributing $1 million to map, reclaim and conserve wetlands. 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Given the natural gas wealth of the Horn River Basin at the junction of the northern B.C.- Alberta border, it would make sense to build a pipeline from from the area to a terminal on the coast, where the gas would be liquefied, loaded onto tankers and shipped to Asia. A proposed gas terminal in Kitimat is in the midst of the regulatory process and could start up in 2015. A large pipe to collect Horn River gas, however, is a mere idea for now. The sheer gas volumes, combined with the North American supply glut, support such a plan, Romanow said: The volume of gas found in the Horn River equals the volumes found in all of Alberta. "That's not a trivial amount of natural gas," he said. " And having a single line that serves many regional producers, I think that would serve the government of Canada well, it would serve the government of B.C. well and it would serve the government of Alberta well, because we wouldn't all be competing in probably what's going to be an oversaturated North American natural gas market." Across the Pacific, due to the economic strength of the Asian economies, gas fetches a higher price and hence promises a higher profit. During the recession, China's gas demand rose 11% while dropping 2% globally, says a recent IEA study. But fossil-fuel pipelines, as pipeline operator Enbridge knows all too well, are unpopular among First Nations, environmentalists and some politicians, like the NDP's MP Nathan Cullen, whose riding includes Kitimat. Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway project, an oil pipe that would connect the oilsands to the coast, is still in doubt because of this opposition. Romanow doesn't r ule out getting involved in either project, most likely as a shipper. "We also have a market reach that can only get better as LNG projects get evaluated and get implemented," he said. "I stay tuned to how these opportunities unfold." Other companies, such as Encana, have said they're following the Kitimat LNG terminal with equal interest. China showing it has insatiable Calfrac Q1 profits soaring with activity appetite for Canadian energy QMI Agency China's hoarding of foreign currency reserves in Canadian dollars is a sign that the Asian country's appetite for Canadian commodities � including Alberta's oilsands � continues unabated, says a foreign exchange expert with the Bank of Montreal. "We have seen the Chinese build a very large currency reserve in Canadian dollars, Australian dollars," said Blake Jespersen, a BMO director who advises the bank's clients on foreign-exchange issues. "They do want a foothold in Canada. They like our resources. And they would like to take a larger stake in some of these oil and gas companies we have." China is already importing large quantities of nickel, copper, metallurgical coal and lumber from Canada to feed its rapid economic expansion. One notable exception, however, are energy imports. Although state-owned Chinese oil companies have spent billions on buying into the Alberta oilsands, no Canadian crude is crossing the Pacific, as virtually all of Alberta's energy exports are shipped to the U.S. Jespersen said it's difficult to get details about exactly how large China's loonie-dominated foreign exchange holdings are, as the Communist regime keeps tight control over any type of information it disseminates. Notable deals this year involving Chinese state-owned companies are Sinopec's $4.65-billion buy-in into the Syncrude joint venture, as well as a $1.25-billion deal between Chinese Investment Corp and Penn West Energy Trust to develop bitumen assets in the Peace River region. Reuters Canadian oilfield services company Calfrac Well Services Ltd's first-quarter net profit jumped more than four times on a surge in the company's North American activity fuelled by higher oil prices. January-March profit was C$49.1 million, or C$1.11, compared with C$11.7 million, or 27 Canadian cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose nearly 49 to C$337.4 million. The company, which gets more than 80 %of its revenue from North America, bene- fited from high levels of pressure pumping activity in the unconventional oil and natural gas plays of Western Canada and the United States. Calfrac said it is seeing a greater demand for 24-hour operations in the Marcellus and Fayetteville shale plays and the company expects that this trend will increase in the future. Canadian drilling activity this quarter has been boosted by an unusually long winter -- before the spring rains curtail rig numbers and activity. 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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined foreign ministers from seven other Arctic states in Greenland's tiny capital of Nuuk -- population 15,000 -- for an Arctic Council meeting on the next steps for a region where warming temperatures are creating huge new challenges and unlocking untapped resources. The council includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark, which handles foreign affairs for Greenland, as well as groups representing indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic most directly affected as ice and snow retreat. "It's an important gathering, but also a symbol of some of the big challenges that the Arctic faces," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told a Washington thinktank audience, noting that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would accompany Clinton to Nuuk. "There are very core interests that are at stake in the Arctic, but it is an opportunity to find new patterns of co-operation," he said. Evidence is mounting of climatic transformation in the Arctic, where temperatures are already at their highest levels than at any time in the past 2,000 years and are rising much faster than elsewhere in the world. Oil companies are alert to the potential of the Arctic, which the U.S. Geological Survey estimates may hold 25% of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas reserves. Among oil majors eyeing the Arctic are Royal Dutch Shell Plc, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Norway's Statoil and Russia's statecontrolled oil group Rosneft. Global shipping, too, is adapting to the new conditions. Previously icebound routes such as the Northern Sea Route past Russia and the Northwest Passage along Canada have become increasingly navigable -- cutting transport time but raising questions about how the region will be managed. OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS The council will discuss a plan to divide search-and-rescue responsibility across the Arctic region, a step closely watched by shipping lines and oil firms seeking to expand operations. It will also debate guidelines for admitting observer delegations to the council, which could see non-Arctic powers such as China get a seat at the table, and may discuss where the Arctic Council should base its secretariat. U.S. officials say they are also pushing for a broader initiative on oil and gas activity in the region, including how to deal with potentially disastrous oil spills. "I think that there will be explicit discussion in Nuuk with the Arctic Council nations about how to take the next step and co-operatively address some of the important offshore oil and gas issues," Deputy U.S. Interior Secretary David Hayes told a news briefing. Heather Conley, an Arctic expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank, said the council was moving to strengthen its governance role that could allow it to take action on weighty issues. "We all are realizing that human and commercial activity are really going to significantly increase as polar ice recedes. We don't have sufficient infrastructure to keep up with this increasing activity," she said. Environmental activists say the Arctic challenges require much more aggressive action on everything from fishing quotas to international standards for oil and gas development in a pristine, delicate region. "There's a short window of opportunity to get out in front of it and protect important and vulnerable ecosystems before industries get entrenched," said Lisa Speer, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's international oceans program in New York. The Arctic Council is often criticized as being ineffective, partly because it can only act unanimously. Speer said piecemeal decisions on observer states and the council secretariat threatened to obscure the broader threats -- both natural and man-made -- to the Arctic's environment that the Arctic Council needs to tackle quickly. "These are bureaucratic questions. They are important but it is sort of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," she said. "We are looking at this huge crisis and the response is a lot of inside baseball." Increase in tax structure causing scaleback in North Sea CALGARY (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, the country's largest independent oil explorer, said last week that the British government's increase in North Sea taxes has prompted it to scale back activity. Canadian Natural has gone from two platform rigs to one and will hasten the abandonment of one of its fields, called Murchison, as a result of the unexpected 24% tax increase, President Steve Laut said. He called the government's move, which reduced Canadian Natural's first-quarter earnings by C$104 million ($108 million), "short-sighted" . "As a result (of the higher tax), almost half of our project inventory does not compete with capital in Canadian Natural's overall portfolio," Laut said in a conference call to discuss the company's quarterly results. The company produced 34,101 barrels a day in the first quarter, an 8% drop from the yearbefore quarter. Laut said Canadian Natural does not expect to exit the region, and said he believes the government will reverse the changes in the coming years as activity drops off. Britain's economic secretary to the treasury said the government would work with the oil and gas industry to limit the impact of the hike on marginal North Sea fields. 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"We must ensure that whether at home, south of the 49th (parallel) or abroad, that our energy industry receives the respect it deserves." Stelmach stressed the important role Alberta is playing in North America's economic recovery. "The security of the American way of life is predicted, in no small measure, on a friendly supply of energy," he said. "And that friend, is Alberta." But Alberta must also expand its share of the global energy market. "New economies in China, in India and other emerging markets present an opportunity we need to seize quickly with new port and pipeline capacity," he said, adding rebuilding efforts in Japan, Australia and New Zealand following natural disasters in those countries will present new opportunities worth billions of dollars. The provincial government launched an advertising campaign to educate the world on the importance of the oilsands, which he said has been successful. "Actually I was quite surprised that the last poll that was done by (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) in the United States in terms of the oilsands said 80% of Americans feel Alberta is the place for a secure supply of energy," he said. "They are very comfortable with our environmental policies and they also feel people working in the industry are treated fairly." 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Creating plastics Liquefied petroleum gas Used as a fuel in heating appliances and vehicles Naphtha is broken down into smaller building blocks known as monomers, such as ethylene, propylene and butylene. These different monomers are used to create various plastics. � Small molecules � Low boiling point � Very volatile � Flows easily � Ignites easily Naphtha Gasoline Used as a fuel in internal combustion engines � Large molecules � High boiling point � Not very volatile � Does not flow easily � Does not ignite easily Made from naphtha: � Plastic forks � Diapers � Car parts � Face masks � Bottles � Clothing � Carpets � Cosmetics Jet fuel, paraffin for lighting and heating Diesel fuels Used in transport trucks and trains 4 Lubricating oils, waxes, polishes Furnace Fuels for ships, central heating, factories What's in a barrel of crude? One barrel of oil contains 42 gallons of crude oil. The total volume of products made is 44.7 gallons due to processing gain. 9.9 9.8 Russia Saudi Arabia 9.1 U.S.A. QMI AGENCY Sources: Chevron.com, Graphic News, Energyinst.org.uk Gasoline: 19.4 gallons per barrel Distillate fuel oil: 10.5 gallons Kerosene-type jet fuel: 4.1 gallons Coke: 2.2 gallons Residual fuel oil: 1.7 gallons Liquefied refinery gases: 1.5 gallons Still gas: 1.8 gallons Asphalt and road oil: 1.4 gallons Raw material for petro chemicals: 1.1 gallons Lubricants: 0.4 gallons Kerosene: 0.2 gallons Other: 0.4 gallons Oil production 4.2 4.0 Iran China Comparing Libya to the top 10 oil producing countries in 2009 (millions of barrels per day) Canada 3.3 3.0 Mexico 2.8 2.6 2.5 U.A.E. Brazil Kuwait 1.8 Libya Canada consumes 1.8 billion barrels of oil daily: StatsCan CAROL CHRISTIAN QMI Agency Anyone who forgets that oilsands are consumer driven, a Statistics Canada report released recently can serve as a timely reminder. In 2009, more than 1.1 million gasoline deliveries were made across Canada � that's equal to over 700,000 fully-loaded trucks, filling two lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, bumper-to-bumper and coast-to- coast. As well, 40.7 billion litres of gasoline were sold across the country. "In Canada today, we consume about 1.8 billion barrels day, and of that, close to 700,000 barrels are from the oilsands," said Travis Davies, spokesman for the Canadian Petroleum Producers Association. "So in that regard, we see that of the gasoline and other petroleum products consumed by Canadians, the oilsands certainly has an enormous role in providing that secure supply for Canadians." Bill Simpkins, spokesman for the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute, added that when it comes to production, and refining and marketing of products, obviously there is an important link between upstream and downstream supply and demand. "The refining industry, and distribution and marketing are quite important to the economy," he said. "Vertical integration of the major companies shows how important that is in terms of being able to manage the business, the economics, and the finances associated with that to provide products to Canadians that are not only quality, but are reasonably priced." While the number of motor vehicles on Canadian roads has increased by more than three million during the last decade, the number of retail gasoline outlets has significantly decreased. A point evident in Fort McMurray as the day of the full-serve station has long passed. According to an industry source, there were more than 21,000 retail gasoline outlets in Canada some two decades ago, but in 2009, results from this survey show that there were fewer than 12,000. As for the age of these of these operations, approximately 39% of the gas stations identified the age of their sites as being 10 years or younger, 50% between 11 and 30 years, 10% between 31 and 60 years. A handful of outlets reported nearly a century of service at the same location. Over 43,000 fuel pumps or dispensers were in operation at gas stations in 2009, with newer digital meter display dispensers accounting for almost 87% of the total. About 60% of all dispensers were less than 10 years old, 38% were between 10 and 25 years old, and 2% were more than 25 years old. Gas stations provided jobs for more than 95,000 people, in 2009, half being full-time employees. According to the 2006 census, 44% of full-time employees at Canadian gas stations were female wage earners. The survey of industrial processes is a pilot survey that was conducted to assess the feasibility of collecting data on operational activities and engineering processes of small and medium enterprises across Canada. For the 2009 reference period, the SIP pilot survey covered all retail gasoline outlets, including marinas with gas docks, across Canada. Diesel-only outlets and card-locks were excluded. Nozzle spills are an issue at most gasoline outlets. With absorbents being used to soak up gas spilled during refuelling, gas stations used about 286 tonnes of absorbents during 2009. With this quantity of absorbents used, the total amount of gasoline spilled while refuelling could fill as much as two gas delivery trucks. Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune � Tuesday, May 17, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune � Tuesday, May 17, 2011 23 Canada consumes about 1.8 billion barrels day, according Statistics Canada. 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CAPP � which describes itself as the voice of Canada's oil, oilsands, and natural gas exploration and production industry, representing companies that produce more than 90% of Canada's natural gas and crude oil � released a report in late April on the conversations and to outline the broad consensus response of the oilsands producers to what was heard in the dialogues process. Held as of CAPP's broader outreach program, participants ranged from CEO to representatives from First Nations and non-government organizations. Government officials observed the dialogues, but didn't participate. Facilitated by the Canada School of Energy and Environment, the dialogues were guided by the Chatham House rule meaning participants are free to use the information received, but cannot reveal the identity or affiliation of any of the speakers. The rule allows people to speak as individuals and to express views that may not be those of their organizations, and therefore, encourages free discussion. Up until several years ago, the oilsands industry was fairly quiet in defending itself against misinformed criticism, often saying it would let the facts speak for themselves. However, industry including CAPP soon realized those facts needed help getting out. CAPP, as the convenor of the dialogues, was prepared to set the record straight with any participant that was misinformed or had an inaccurate view of the oilsands, but, noted Annesley, that didn't happen. "Very often, the discussion was at a much higher level. The discussion quickly moved from very specific discussions on tailings or CO2 emissions to one about our energy future, about social justice in some cases, who decides when it comes to major projects Optimizing waste heat recovery Courtesy: Syncrude Natural Resources Canada ... A lot of discussion about energy strategy and views that in order to achieve our economic, energy and environmental goals, we need an energy strategy in Canada." Those "big picture issues" is where the discussion needs to be to address the fundamental issue: the ongoing role of oilsands in the energy mix, she pointed out. Agreeing with many participants, the report noted that transparency in performance reporting is essential. As a result, CAPP will report annually on oilsands performance through its Responsible Canadian Energy program, which includes a third party advisory panel and process. There is also general recognition that understanding about energy production and use must improve in Canada. The oilsands industry will continue to take a balanced, constructive, and solutions-oriented approach to engaging stakeholders on issues relating to oilsands, including discussions with those who have expressed strong opposition to their development, said the report. The dialogues have proven to be a positive experience for oilsands producers, providing a foundation for further dialogue and additional impetus to advance solutions. Produc- ers, added the report, will continue a public engagement process this year, using this oilsands dialogues paper as a foundation for further discussions. This includes a number of follow-up dialogues planned for the first half of 2011. "It is also our intention this process will contribute to other energy-related initiatives, such as Energy Policy Institute of Canada's development of a national energy strategy," said the report. It was identified during the dialogues that Canada's oilsands will provide a secure source of energy, reduce its impact on the environment and provide economic benefits to society while developing this globally significant resource. This will be achieved through continuous improvement, by developing new technology and by committing to a set of guiding principles. One issue noted during the dialogues was the lack of understanding about energy production and use which was identified as a significant problem by participants at the dialogues in both Canada and the United Sates. Some participants felt there was a lack of trust toward oilsands developers and the CEOs, said the report, leading to a discussion of a next series of dialogues with broader participation, perhaps including government, to demonstrate that CEOs are listening and will continue to listen for a long time to come. Some felt that the longer the CEOs remain engaged in dialogue with all stakeholders, the more trust would be built. "The dialogues exceeded our expectations, admitted Annesley. "The quality of the feedback was better than we expected; more informed more solutions-oriented. The CEOs have expressed that they valued the opportunity. ... The CEOs feel it was extremely worthwhile and will be going back in the next couple of months to have follow-up conversations in four cities." Those cities are Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Washington through May and June. People reading the oilsands producers' response in the report will find an unprecedented summary of the oilsands' industry position on a wide-range of issues, she said. "As we were surprised by the depth and the thoughtfulness of the stakeholders feedback, we hope people will look at the depth and the thoughtfulness that we have given to big issues like climate change, technology, stakeholder engagement, energy strategy, and energy literacy. These are all issues where the CEOs, over the last number of years, have given significant time and energy in developing an oilsands industry position and for the first time they are outlined int his report altogether in one place." The report is available on CAPP's website and will be made available at future dialogues both north and south of the border. "I think many people will be surprise by the depth of thinking on such things like climate change policy, regional planning," said Annesley. We see the need to have ongoing conversations about all of these things whether in Alberta and at the national level regarding the need for an energy strategy." She added that Canada's oilsands are being developed as a resource because "we need energy. Every barrel of crude that comes out of the oilsands, places an import barrel into Canada. 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