Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω
It’s been pretty well documented the oil industry doesn’t care about regulations and processes that safeguard the environment. It’s also a fact we all live in an environment, and we’d like for that environment to not have oil all over it.
When you manually turn off your systems that are designed to slow or stop the flow of oil when it’s dangerous to continue sucking it out of the ground, it tells us you don’t care about anyone but yourselves. (See the BP oil spill that has probably permanently wrecked the Gulf of Mexico.)
When you see on your equipment sensors things are going wrong, and just keep on keeping-on anyway, it doesn’t make us want to trust you or believe you when you say sorry afterwards. (See the Enbridge situation from Michigan.)
By the way — what’s your rush to get it out of the ground anyway?
Where’s that oil going? That oil in the tarsands of northern Alberta — is it disappearing and do we need to get it before the aliens do?
We can take it out of the ground at whatever rate we want and we could refine it into a usable energy source right there in Fort McMurray if they built a place to do that.
Someone explain to me how a refinery where the oil comes out of the ground, paid for by the people taking it out of the ground, is a bad idea.
Everyone wants the energy provided by the oilsands in northern Alberta, but they don’t want it wrecking their community, so let’s make it so it doesn’t.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have the people pulling those billions of dollars worth of dead dinosaurs out of the ground, are making billions of dollars off of it and have shown they don’t care about anyone else, to process that product into a usable form instead of threatening large chunks of the country’s beauty by trying to transport it for no reason other than greed.
Why not make them turn those dead dinosaurs into usable fuel before we pay them for digging it up.
Dig it up and make it into a product we can use. Make energy with it. Isn’t that what you’re digging it up for?
Do it right there.
Then we don’t need to worry about spills, because they’d be giving us actual energy instead of a line to others that will sell it back to us for more than it cost in the first place and there would be no reason to damage the regions of the Canadian environment that don’t care about the profit margins of Syncrude and Shell — even if it would cost less to do so.
It seems like there would be more to gain, wouldn’t there?