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How close are we as a society locally and worldly at becoming free of fossil fuel based energy and products? – Matt, Saskatchewan
How much electricity does fossil fuel produce? – Bob, Ontario
How does building more pipelines affect our dependence on fossil fuels? -Mathew, Winnipeg, MB
Why do pipelines burst? If we can build submarines and spaceships that keep can remain airtight why can’t we build a pipeline that can keep oil inside it? -Trent, Halifax, NS
Is nuclear energy sustainable? – B.P.D., Winnipeg, MN
What is the percentage of pipeline failures? Pipeline failures per year and transportation failures/incidents per year? – Jonathon, Grande Prairie, AB
What happens if the pipeline is in the middle of a forest fire? Will it explode and loose oil? – Paige, BC
How much of energy we use in Canada comes not from fossil fuels? Is there anything that stops us from increasing the amount of energy we get from solar, wind, water (including tidal) sources? – Irina, Kitchener, ON
How will this be achieved? Do we have any kind of actual plan yet? If so when will it be implemented? How much will it cut fossil fuel consumption? What affect will it have on the Canadian economy? Also, what about the long term? Eventually we will run out of fossil fuel, so what then? Is this only a temporary solution, are we only delaying the problem rather than facing it head on? What problems could these new methods and technologies open up when we put them into place and how will we combat them? Will they be environmentally friendly? – Ty Stone, Fredericton, NB
Why have so many spills in recent years gone unnoticed for a considerable amount of time. – Frank, Sidney, BC
Have you heard of the renewable energy the hemp plant is able to produce. With the cannabis demand in canada, we are growing it more than ever and we can used the entirety of the plant to produce various products. Oil is one of these products. We need to concentrate on new forms of energy, and we should keep fossil fuels where they belong – underground. My question is, why are the fuel companies scared to explore the numerous avenues of renewable energy? – Kenny, Dieppe, New Brunswick
Have you done any research on how mycellium can help clean oil spills caused by your pipelines, wells and refinery? What are you doing to clean up a of your oil spills? Are you even taking any precautions against oil spills? – Mackenzie, Toronto, ON
Who are you funded by? – Kealan, Vancouver, BC
What is the amount spent/allocated for security/maintenance/monitoring of the pipelines per KM of pipes/per liter (or cuFT) of oil moved/per liter of fuel sold at the pump? – Guillaume
Is shipping oil by rail less hazardous to the environment? – Sean, Swift Current, SK
Why does the common person still need fossil fuels? In homes we can have electric heaters/ovens/stoves… On the road there are electric alternatives. I know for industrial and commercial we still really need fossil fuels HOWEVER there are options that SHOULD be subsidized by the govt that are greener. Really the only reason I can see having pipelines is for mass power generation at natural gas burning power plants and even then they now have technology that can store 100% of all gas fired power plant emissions (seriously this is a thing look it up online). As a society we NEED TO work together to make this happen, it may not be easy or cheap but it has to happen NOW…- Ryan, Abbotsford, BC
One pipe line failure is too many”?? Who came up with this ad? Who thought this was a good idea? How big is the carbon footprint for transporting oil by truck, train and ship compared to pipeline? Seems to be a Hot Topic in Canada why isn’t that directive pushed? I pretty much expect 0 answers for all these questions or I figure you will answer the first one in a roundabout way because it’s over quota for questions. Surprise me answer them all! – Chad, North Battleford, SK
Do the pipelines transport oil for oil based products other than gasoline? Is this demand great enough to need the construction of additional pipelines? – Andrew, Alberta
Why are companies involved in creating fuel and energy not looking to new resources & free energy technologies for sustainable action on major issues facing humanity? – Elise, Cambridge, ON
If a pipeline is bored under a watercourse, and happens to burst below the watercourse, how is the pipe removed and the spill contained and/or removed? – Colton, Edmonton, AB
It’s clear that Canada values both sustaining environment and growing the economy. What, if any, lengths are energy pipeline companies willing to take to go over and above industry standards to compensate for the risks associated with these dangerous materials? – Mathew, Toronto, ON
How often are oil pipelines replaced? – Zimbozan, Montreal, QC
Why do pipelines burst? – Jacke, Kitchener, ON
With a major shift to electric vehicles will oil and gas even be needed in the future?
Shouldn’t we be getting rid of oil and gas? How can we continue to reduce fossil fuels and reduce emissions?
Does the low-carbon future include pipelines?
What methods are used to ensure the pipeline will not rupture or leak over time?
Lynn M.
Why won’t companies post all their spills and accidents?
Dave
What do you mean by a 99.9% ‘safety record’ — this seems to me like you’re just playing with numbers. If your goal is zero incidents, then the only reasonable response would seem to be to reduce the number of pipelines not expand them.
Peter I.
How often are pipes replaced? Are there regulations stating replacement intervals depending on type of pipe used? Or are they only replaced if anomalies are found? If so, how often are pipelines inspected according to both provincial and federal regulations?
Erynn (Lloydminster, AB)
What happens when a pipeline bursts?
Lena
How many pipelines are there in the USA and Canada and how many are being built right now? Also how many pipelines are being planned to be built?
Cora-Beth
What pipeline projects are underway and starting soon in Canada?
Frank
How are you making sure that your pipelines have not been sabotaged by eco-terrorists?
George R.
How closely are pipelines monitored? Is there daily visual or aerial inspections of all pipeline routes? Are there pressure and flow meters along all lines hooked up to valves that can automatically close if there is a sudden drop in pressure or flow from the readings further up the lines?
Graham
When will you take the long term view and learn from progressive countries that are turning to renewable energy sources?
George M.