The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) today released its Report of the Dialogues on the Oil Sands: Engaging Canadians and Americans. The report is the result of CAPP's oil sands dialogues outreach program that took oil sands CEOs and the association to eight cities in Canada and the United States for discussions with more than 160 key stakeholders.
"The purpose of the dialogues was to understand the diversity of views on oil sands, both the challenges and opportunities," said CAPP President Dave Collyer. "Through this exchange of views it was our intent to advance possible solutions to improve the performance of companies working in the oil sands and to assist in clarifying the role of oil sands in Canada's energy future."
CAPP's report on the oil sands dialogues seeks to cover the variety of perspectives heard from people in Canada and the United States.
"We have not done anything like the oil sands dialogues before and we are interested in continuing these and other forums to discuss the critical issues - from Canada's energy system to greenhouse gas emissions to local and regional environmental and social impacts," said Collyer.
The report also provides the oil sands producers' broad consensus response to the major issues raised. "This response includes a strong focus on technology and innovation, enhanced engagement with stakeholders, increased transparency in performance reporting, and support for policy and regulatory action in the areas of national energy strategy, climate policy and regional planning," said Collyer.
CAPP's oil sands dialogues began in Vancouver, followed by sessions in Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Dialogues held in Washington D.C., New York and Chicago covered the major population centres in the eastern and north-central United States.
Oil sands dialogues participants came from an array of perspectives including business, the investment community, environmental groups, labour, academia, Aboriginal leadership and broader
social, local, community and faith-based perspectives. CEOs acting on behalf of the oil sands industry participated in each dialogue. All sessions were held under the Chatham House Rule.
While some individuals and organizations were unable or unwilling to participate in the dialogues, all parties who expressed interest in the process and/or participating were invited to join the discussions.
"While not all of the perspectives offered necessarily align with our industry's views, the knowledge participants demonstrated and the constructive, solutions-oriented nature of the discussion exceeded our expectations," Collyer said. "We look forward to participants' response to this report."
The oil sands CEOs and CAPP plan similar dialogue sessions in 2011.
Read the Report of the Dialogues on the Oil Sands: Engaging Canadians and Americans here.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce more than 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year.