Canada Has the Pipeline Capacity It Needs, Oil Change Reports
Canada has more than enough pipeline capacity to meet the fossil industry’s needs, according to a new report from Oil Change International that takes direct aim at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)’s 2016 crude oil forecast.
“These pipelines wouldn’t be needed unless there’s a massive expansion of tar sands that is allowed to continue right up to 2030,” Oil Change’s Adam Scott told the National Observer. That means Canada’s problem isn’t a lack of pipelines, but rather an “over-dependence on an industry that has to decline.”
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“Once the pipelines are built, there’s a huge incentive to continue filling them and allowing that expansion,” Scott warned. “We can’t continue expanding oil production in the midst of a climate crisis.”
CAPP expects output from Canada’s tar sands/oil sands to increase by 850,000 barrels per day through 2021, then another 700,000 bpd between 2021 and 2030. But “this increase in new oil production and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions would come at a time when Canada and countries around the world are obligated to dramatically reduce climate pollution,” the OCI report warned. “If Canada is going to meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2005 levels by the year 2030, Oil Change International says new pipeline infrastructure can’t be built,” the Observer adds.
CAPP Vice President Nick Schultz called the Oil Change report “just one more piece of misinformation that people who are adamantly opposed to the production of oil are putting out to confuse people.”