CALGARY, April 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum
Producers (CAPP) today released its Report of the Dialogues on the Oil Sands: Engaging Canadians and
Americans. The report is the result of CAPP's oil sands dialogues outreach
program that took oil sands CEOs and the association to eight cities in
Canada and the United States for discussions with more than 160 key
"The purpose of the dialogues was to understand the diversity of views
on oil sands, both the challenges and opportunities," said CAPP
President Dave Collyer. "Through this exchange of views it was our
intent to advance possible solutions to improve the performance of
companies working in the oil sands and to assist in clarifying the role
of oil sands in Canada's energy future."
CAPP's report on the oil sands dialogues seeks to cover the variety of
perspectives heard from people in Canada and the United States.
"We have not done anything like the oil sands dialogues before and we
are interested in continuing these and other forums to discuss the
critical issues - from Canada's energy system to greenhouse gas
emissions to local and regional environmental and social impacts," said
The report also provides the oil sands producers' broad consensus
response to the major issues raised. "This response includes a strong
focus on technology and innovation, enhanced engagement with
stakeholders, increased transparency in performance reporting, and
support for policy and regulatory action in the areas of national
energy strategy, climate policy and regional planning," said Collyer.
CAPP's oil sands dialogues began in Vancouver, followed by sessions in
Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Dialogues held in Washington
D.C., New York and Chicago covered the major population centres in the
eastern and north-central United States.
Oil sands dialogues participants came from an array of perspectives
including business, the investment community, environmental groups,
labour, academia, Aboriginal leadership and broader social, local,
community and faith-based perspectives. CEOs acting on behalf of the
oil sands industry participated in each dialogue. All sessions were
held under the Chatham House Rule.
While some individuals and organizations were unable or unwilling to
participate in the dialogues, all parties who expressed interest in the
process and/or participating were invited to join the discussions.
"While not all of the perspectives offered necessarily align with our
industry's views, the knowledge participants demonstrated and the
constructive, solutions-oriented nature of the discussion exceeded our
expectations," Collyer said. "We look forward to participants' response
to this report."
The oil sands CEOs and CAPP plan similar dialogue sessions in 2011.
The Report of the Dialogues on the Oil Sands: Engaging Canadians and
Americans is available at www.capp.ca/dialogues.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies
produce more than 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil.
CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support
the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's
members and associate members are an important part of a national
industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
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