News Conference Advisory - From Bad to Worse on Oil: Major New Study to Show Most Future U.S. Refining Capacity Increases to Come from Dirtier Canadian Tar Sands with "Staggering Environmental Consequences"



    Significant Jump Seen in Emissions Linked to Climate Change;
    Environmental Integrity Project Study Released in Coordination with
    Environmental Defence Canada.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. and TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - A new Environmental
Integrity Project (EIP) analysis of the planned expansion of U.S. oil refining
capacity will show that over half of it will come from Canadian "tar sands"
that would represent a major step backwards with "staggering environmental
consequences," including significantly increased emissions linked to global
warming. The study will be released at 1:30 EDT on June 4, 2008 during a live,
phone-based news event organized by EIP and Environmental Defence Canada.
    The new data collected and analyzed by EIP show the little-publicized
extent to which projected U.S. refinery production is expected to rely on
Canadian "tar sands." The data will show that U.S. refineries are placing a
major bet on fuel sources that are dirtier to mine, process and refine, and
the extraction of which releases considerably more greenhouse gases (compared
to conventional crude oil). Although a new refinery has not been built in the
United States for over 30 years, five new refineries are currently under
consideration, three of which would process tar sands oil, and one of which
would process oil from U.S. oil shale deposits.

    
    News event speakers will be:

    -   Eric Schaeffer, director, Environmental Integrity Project.

    -   Benjamin J. Wakefield, senior attorney and principal report author,
        Environmental Integrity Project.

    -   Matt Price, project manager, Energy and Climate and contributor to
        the report, Environmental Defence Canada.
    

    TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with
full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2008 by dialing 1 (800)
860-2442. Ask for the "tar sands oil production report" news event. (back up
phone number for residents of Canada: 1-866-519-5086).

    CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio recording of the news event will be
available on the Web as of 7 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2008 at
http://www.environmentalintegrity.org.

    ABOUT THE GROUPS
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    The Environmental Integrity Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys
to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. EIP has three
goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or
implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects public health; 2)
to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations,
accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3)
to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws. Read
more about EIP at www.environmentalintegrity.org.

    Environmental Defence Canada (www.environmentaldefence.ca) protects the
environment and human health. We research solutions. We educate. We go to
court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and
thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada's contribution
to climate change.





For further information:

For further information: Patrick Mitchell, (703) 276-3266, or
pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com.; Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence Canada,
(416) 323-9521 ext. 232, (647) 280-9521 (cell)


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