Talk:Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

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This article is highly biased and inaccurate.pmbcomm 16:23, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Proposed changes v.2[edit]

Thank you for your feedback. We've taken it into consideration and would like to propose the following changes, which include:

  • update to statistics (now recent to 2010)
  • recommendation of removal of unsubstantiated/unsupported claims
  • elaboration on some of the statistics given

Advocate for the oil and gas industry in Canada

Canada exports more unconventional (heavy, high-carbon or "dirty") oil than any other country. As of 2011, Canada's estimated total oil reserves, including conventional free-running oil, were approximately 175 billion barrels, behind only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Currently, Canada produces approximately 2.74 million barrels of crude oil a day and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year. About 170 billion barrels of oil reserves are in the oil sands[1]. Additional natural gas is used to upgrade bitumen into crude, making Canadian oil a higher carbon synthetic. A majority of Canadians oppose expansion of the Tar Sands and also oppose offshore oil drilling and shipping in sensitive waters including the BC inner passage, off Newfoundland, and in the high Arctic.

CAPP has advocated for the industry as emissions rose 14% in 2009 and 2010 but also as greenhouse gas emissions have declined 26 per cent per barrel from 1990 to 2010 [2]. It has advocated the controversial exploitation of hydraulic fracturing, a high-carbon energy source akin to coal or to tar sands.


Danellew (talk) 17:47, 29 October 2012 (UTC)

Proposed changes[edit]

Hello - my name is Danelle and I am affiliated with CAPP. I am following the guidelines on this page: WP:SCOIC - I am proposing the below text, based on what is currently on this Wikipedia article, with appropriate linkages and references. Feedback is appreciated.

Your proposed draft seems to significantly reduce negative comment about CAPP, and increase its apparent importance ("a voice" -> "the voice" for example). The citations provided are mostly to CAPP's own site or closely related sites such as Only one actual news citation is included.
Granted the existing article is probably POV weighted to the anti-CAPP side. But this rewrite is not the way to fix things, in my view. Request declined. However discussion on this talk page can and should lead to an improved and more neutral article. DES (talk) 19:54, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of the upstream Canadian oil and natural gas industry. The members of CAPP produce more than 90% of the petroleum production in Canada.


CAPP origins can be traced back to the Alberta Oil Operators’ Association, which was founded in 1927, after the discovery of the Turner Valley Oil Field. In 1947, the Alberta Petroleum Association changed its name to the Western Canadian Petroleum Association, and in 1952, the Western Canada Petroleum Association amalgamated with the Saskatchewan Operators’ Association and adopted the name Canadian Petroleum Association.

At a meeting on December 9, 1952, the CPA drafted a new constitution which outlined the objectives of the organization as follows:

  • to establish better understanding between the petroleum and natural gas industry and the public
  • to encourage cooperation between the petroleum and natural gas industry and federal, provincial and local governments, and other authoritative bodies
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the welfare of its members
  • to foster better understanding between the Association and purposes

On June 10, 1958, the CPA opened an office in Ottawa. It provided the federal government with information pertaining to the oil industry while keeping the CPA informed about political trends, government regulations and statistics. By 1965 the CPA had a membership of more than 200 members representing roughly 97 percent of all oil and gas production in Canada. In 1981, two years after the first commercial discovery at Hibernia off the coast of Newfoundland, the CPA opened an office in St. John’s in cooperation with the Eastcoast Petroleum Operators’ Association. In 1992, the CPA amalgamated with the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC) to form the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)1.

Advocate for oil & gas industry in Canada

Canada exports more unconventional (heavy) oil than any other country. As of 2010, Canada's estimated total oil reserves, including conventional free-running oil, were approximately 175 billion barrels, behind only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Currently, Canada produces approximately 2.8 million barrels of crude oil a day and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas2 per year. About 170 billion barrels of oil reserves are in the oil sands3, representing 56 per cent of the world oil reserves accessible for private sector investment (79 per cent of world oil reserves are owned or controlled by national governments).

According to Statistics Canada, in 2010, energy exports accounted for 91 billion in trade for Canada, represented over five per cent of GDP and 22 per cent of domestic exports. Over 550,000 people are employed by the oil and gas industry in Canada.

Notable opponents/partners

CAPP has been a proponent of a variety of infrastructure projects to move oil and natural gas to Canada’s west coast for export, Canada’s eastern markets for domestic consumption, and to the U.S. In some cases this has placed CAPP at odds with Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) such as Greenpeace, Council of Canadians and Sierra Club Canada, which take a position against oil sands production and production from hydraulic fracturing.

In the case of various pipeline projects to Canada’s west coast ENGOs and aboriginal communities remain opposed to an oil pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands. Aboriginal communities are supportive of natural gas export projects.

Prominent international opponents of CAPP include Greenpeace, ForestEthics and several Nobel Peace Prize winners who advocated U.S. refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Prominent partners include skilled trade unions in Canada4 and the U.S.

Climate Policy

According to Environment Canada’s “Canada’s Emissions Trends 2012”5, the production/exploration sector of the oil and gas industry accounted for 123 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010. Although absolute greenhouse gas emissions dropped between 2005 and 2010, they are expected to increase as production of oil and gas, and specifically the oil sands continues to grow. However, greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of oil produced (intensity) for the oil sands are expected to continue on a downward trend. Per barrel greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands have declined 26 per cent since 1990.

CAPP is supportive of climate policy that balances environmental, energy supply, and economic needs but does not forcibly curtail growth of Canada’s oil and gas industry. Some CAPP members6 support carbon tax, while others support cap and trade, still others support regulation. Thus CAPP does not support a specific mechanism, but does support concept of climate policy and acknowledges that Canada’s federal government has committed to greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 17 per cent below 2005 levels.

Falsely accused of illegal influence in Alberta

In 2011-12, CAPP was involved in a controversy regarding the legality of the role they played in influencing Alberta Environment over public communications surrounding shale gas extraction, a controversial practice that has significant environmental concerns associated with it. Both the initial and follow-up complaints were dismissed7.

CAPP reports

CAPP publishes a number of reports8, including:

  • Responsible Canadian Energy
  • Production Forecast
  • Fact books
  • CAPP on Climate

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