Canada’s transmission pipelines connect Canadians to safe and responsible energy. Because our members reach such a broad and inclusive geography with pipelines spanning 118, 000 kilometres in Canada, we feel it’s important to listen to a broad and inclusive group of stakeholders. That’s why we hold Pipeline Dialogue events.
For this year’s Pipeline Dialogue, stakeholders from academia, think tanks, land owners/agriculture and industry convened in Montreal, Quebec in March to discuss the future of energy in eastern Canada (Quebec and the Atlantic provinces). Topics that were explored included the extent to which eastern Canadians see a need to access oil and natural gas from western Canada, and for further pipeline development.
Early in the conversation, it became clear that attitudes and perspectives toward oil, natural gas and pipelines differ across eastern sub-regions – in other words, there are no ‘eastern issues.’ Participants flagged multiple reasons for regionalized differences in attitudes and perspectives, including:
Participants also explored a range of topics, among them the question of, “How can we continue to develop our oil and natural gas industry and still address climate change?” The topic resonated with Dialogue participants and generated robust discussion. It became clear that more work needs to be done to create greater public awareness of the energy sector’s progress in addressing climate and environmental issues.
In the words of CEPA’s President and CEO Chris Bloomer, “We must consider climate change in what we do, and we need to communicate more effectively about what the industry is doing to address the issue – including how we fit into the solution.”
In addition to considering climate change in industry activities and decisions, three of the many take-aways were:
CEPA looks forward to continuing to engage with environment, Indigenous, and industry leaders who can think critically, challenge, and communicate the narrative about the future of oil and natural gas in Canada.
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