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Oilsands Steering Committee Jan 2011

Oilsands Steering Committee Jan 2011

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Internal memorandum to deputy minister of Natural Resources Canada reveals that the federal government has deployed its diplomats to lobby Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. to counter a climate change campaign launched by ForestEthics - a conservation group.
Internal memorandum to deputy minister of Natural Resources Canada reveals that the federal government has deployed its diplomats to lobby Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. to counter a climate change campaign launched by ForestEthics - a conservation group.

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"MEMORANDUM TO THE DEPUTY MINISTER

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BACKGROUND

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Mark Corey Attachments: (6) Attachment Attachment Attachment Attachment Attachment Attachment 123456Alberta's Proposed Agenda, Key Messages for Agenda item Key Messages for Agenda item Key Messages for Agenda item Key Messages for Agenda item Key Messages for Agenda item

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Contact: Janet Power, 613-995-0177 Petroleum Resources Branch, ES

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AGENDA
1. Introduction/Confirmarion of Agenda (5 minutes)

2. Review of Action Items (5 minutes) 3. Committee Membership and Support (to minutes) Q Invitation to llR DM
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4. Roundtable Update Advocacy, Outreach and Education illitiath'e3 (15 minutes) • Missions/Consultations with other governments :I Washington discussion with Lepage and Mar " Europe strategy 5. Roundtable Policy and Performance (10 minutes) Energy strategy process .. Sustainability reporting • Recent initiatives
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6. Next Steps (10 minutes) <:J Alignment of data and materials <3 Corporate Consumers 7. Communications and Next Meeting (5 minutes)

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OVERVIEW Compare Notes on European Strategy
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Conversations with NRCaniAlberta and DFAIT/IIR confirm that February 1/2 session is not intended as full strategy session but a briefing update for posts. Planned attendance:

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Further discussion of strategy required

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Gather and Share Supply Chain Data

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Question of further analysis pending completion of initial review.

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Inventory of US State Policy Development
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See attached background briefing from Government

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Sharing of US Mission Events Listings Reschedule Discussion on Package for Council of Energy Ministers

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NRCan's

Energy ADM, Mark Corey, plans to attend the Pan-European

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NRCan is considering engaging a 3rd party to look at US supply chains. OF AIT missions have been engaging with Fortune 500 companies to provide oil sand facts and to counteract the Forest Ethics campaign.

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Key Messages for Agenda Item 3: Committee Membership and Support
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The Committee had agreed on July 13, 20W to keep the group small and effective. For example, DFAlT would not be a regular member of the committee but r-..TRCanaspolicy leader would provide liaison and communication.

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Key Messages for Agenda Item 4: Update on Outreach and Education Initiatives

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Outreach Summary Oil Sands - General
Sept 10 Ambassador's speech to Council of the Americas and Columbia Business School, NYC Embassy/Alberta organized oil sands tour for Senators Graham (R-SC), Hagan (D-NC) and Chambliss (R-GA). Ambassador's Chicago speech to Chicago Council on Global Affairs,

Sept. 16-18

Oct. 22

Oct. 22

Visit to DC by NRCail Assoc DC, Malcolm Brown. Included oil sands speech to U.S. Chamber and meeting with Karen Harbert, President of the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy and with Glen Sweetnam, Ambassador's speech to North American Conference for Climate Change and Carbon Markets, NYC Ambassador provided lead-off remarks at CAPP-organized Oil Sands Dialogue Ambassador's speech to Denver Forum on Public Policy

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Embassy provided oil sands overview for DF AiT advocacy training sessions undertaken in Washington, DC, Chicago and Denver Ambassador's speech to World Affairs Council of Dallas, Dallas

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Nov 29~Dec 3 Media tour to oil sands Dec. 2 Oil sands issue featured prominently during Canada-U.S.

Energy Consultative Mechanism
Jan 14 Communication officials meeting in DC, Mark Corey, DFAIT, and Alberta

Feb 1-2 Keystone XL

Mark Corey to London/Brussels

Multiple meetings on the Hill, Industry and with admin officials throughout fan period.

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Ambassador has written letters of support to Secretary Clinton, David Goldwyn, State's former Special Envoy for International Energy Issues, to the EPA and a number of members of Congress.

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Network of US missions have reached out to relevant company contacts to better gauge their intentions vis-it-vis the campaign. The posts have offered briefings to targeted companies to counter misinformation and. in certain cases, to provide background to likely targets which have yet to be approached by ForestEthics. The campaign has not produced many true converts, but the possibility there, particularly if further pressure is applied. looms out

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Key Messages for Agenda Item 5: Update on Policy and Performance
OVERVIEW
Two academic reports on the oil sands have recently been released, the first by the

Royal Society of Canada and a second by the Environment Canada Advisory Panel on Water Monitoring. Summaries of each report are attached. Dave Collyer may speak to the recent announcement from a number ofcompanies to form an Oil Sands Tailing Consortium that will cooperate on a coordinated research and development plan to develop tailings technologies,
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Summaries of the Royal Society report, Environment Canada Advisory Panel, and the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium are attached.

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ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA EXPERT PANEL REPORT ON THE on, SAl'1DS

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On December 15,2010 the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) released their self commissioned Expert Panel on the Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry. The report includes a review and assessment of available evidence on the environmental and public health impacts of oil sands development. The RSC is Canada's oldest academic association in Canada, It aims [0 promote learning and research in the arts and science, and provides expert advice on matters of public policy through its Expert Panel reports.

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Overall, the report is balanced and provides focused criticism of the stakeholders in the oil sands sector based on evidence and data. Notable findings from the report include: Ii Land Reclamation is achievable but not keeping pace with land disturbance. • While there is no evidence that oil sands development is impacting the health of residents downstream, more monitoring is required to address concerns. c As long as the joint Department of Fisheries and Oceans-Alberta Environment Water Management Framework is implemented and enforced. water use demands do not threaten the Athabasea River. a Current evidence does not show the oil sands to be a major threat to water quality; however, there are valid concerns about the current monitoring regime, and the long term and cumulative effects on groundwater are not well understood. Tailings pond reclamation technologies are improving but this has not stemmed the growing inventory of tailings. o Overall. oil sands development has had minimal impacts on ambient air quality; however, concerns about contaminants and acidification in the region are valid. • While the oil sands industry has made progress in reducing GHG emissions intensity, overall emissions are growing and this inconsistent with our national GHG reduction commitment. • Environmental regulatory capacity tor both the provincial and federal governments has not kept pace with the rapidly growing oil sands industry.
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In June 2010, NRCan recommended that a similar organization to the RSC, the Canadian Council of Academies, study the potential impacts of clean energy
technologies on oil sands development. In particular, to what extent can the application of new and existing technologies reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands development.

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REPORT FROM TUE ENVIRONMENT CANADA OIL SANDS ADVISORY P At"iEL

BACKGROUND
On September 30,2010, the Environment Minister appointed an independent , advisory panel to review' the oil sands monitoring systems in the effected areas of the Athabasca watershed. The panel was created to: • Document. review and assess current scientific research and monitoring; Identify the reasons for strengths and weaknesses in scientific monitoring; Identify any additional research and monitoring required for responsible oil sands development The panel was given 60 days to conduct the report and includes recommendations on the scientific research and monitoring of the environmental effects associated with the development of the oil sands On December 2 L.2010 the panel tabled their 49-page report and it is available on Environment Canada's website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/poUutionldefau It.asp?bmg=En&n= E9ABC93 8-1 In the report, the panel concluded that Canada does not have a first-class state-ofthe-art monitoring system in place in the oil sands. However, the panel is convinced that the existing system is capable of being transformed into a credible system through collaborate approach by relevant jurisdictions and stakeholders. On December 15. the Royal Society of Canada released it') Expert Panel Report, a comprehensive study of the environmental and health impacts of oil sands development. Their findings with respect to monitoring are consistent with this report.

CONSIDERATIONS
The panel found that there were significant shortcomings in the monitoring system as a whole. The lack of scientific consensus on the impacts of oil sands development on water is driven largely by disagreement on the quality, credibility and transparency of existing data.

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In spite of an array of signi ficant monitoring and research in the oil sands, the panel found science leadership was absent, resulting in a lack of consistency, and coordination among various programs and research activities. Additional monitoring and research was recommended on groundwater, water quality, air pollutants' impacts on water. cumulative impacts and transboundary deposition in Saskatchewan. aquifers,

Overall, the panel recommended that a shared national vision and management framework of aligned priorities, policies and programs be developed collaboratively by relevant jurisdictions and stakeholders. The Minister of Environment has responded by acknowledging the report's findings and indicating a plan to work with Alberta on ajoint monitoring framework. The details of a water monitoring action plan will be developed within 90 days.

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OIL SAl.'fDS COMPA1'lIES

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AGREEMENT
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ON TAILINGS

On December 13, 20]0, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Suncor Energy. Syncrude Canada, Teck Resources and Total E&P agreed to pool their collective efforts to advance tailings management • The group, officially known as the Oil Sands Tailing Consortium (OSTC), will cooperate on a coordinated research and development plan going forward, Each company has agreed to share existing research and to remove barriers to collaborating on future research and development. They have also agreed to core principles of their research: Make tailings information more broadly available; Increase collaboration on R&D and commercialization of technology; Eliminate monetary and intellectual property barriers relating to tailings technology; and, Develop an appropriate framework for organization and verification of information. The OSTC's pooled budget for environment-technology development for the current fiscal year is $90 million. of which about one third comes from CNRL. Existing tailings research and development will form the base of knowledge for the collaboration. Research objectives will be finalized early in 2011.

CONSIDERATIONS
NRCan's CanmetENERGY in Devon, Alberta is a leader in tailings pond research and has contributed to the technology. CanmetENERGY's tailings researcher Randy Mikula has been involved from the beginning, emphasizes the significance of this initiative, and notes that companies involved in the oil sands as well as prospective companies are participating. Of the 602 km 2 of land that has been disturbed by oil sands mining, 170 krn2 are tailings ponds. Oil sands tailings contain a mixture of clay, sand, fine silts, water, residual bitumen, solvent, salts, metals and naturally occurring organic compounds such as naphthenic acids. The sand component of the waste tailings settles out quickly. leaving the clay and other components to form fluid fine tailings.

In the current environment

fluid fine tails take decades to settle.

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In February 2009. the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERGB) issued Directive 74, which develops industry-wide criteria for managing oil sands tailings, and specific enforcement actions if tailings performance targets are not met
The OSTC is the latest example of collaboration among competing companies that do not normally share expertise with rivals. Earlier this year, a group called the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative was formed, which also lists Suncor and Total as members.

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Key Messages for Agenda Item 7: Communications and Next Meeting

OVERVIEW
Mark Corey, ADM-ES has been the Education Committee
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key contact and the chair ofthe Outreach and

The Oil Sands and Energy Security Division, within the Petroleum Resources Branch has been providing support. John Donner. of the Alberta Executive Council, has been putting the agendas together and sending out meeting notes.

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