#OrphanWellProgramSubsidy---Don't even think of giving away cash in a time of downturn to the oil and gas industry to pay for their liabilities. The industry can jolly well pay for its own liabilities. They are sitting on billions of dollars of assets. If they don't have the money up front to pay for the orphan well costs--well then they should liquidate their assets to pay for their liabilities. It is what we have to do as citizens. Why not industry?
Since I am up to the roof of the house in paper I can't write investigations now so I will give you stuff that Stewart Shields knows about which is the cosy relationship between all the political parties and their best buddies -the oil and gas industry. There is of course nothing wrong with the politicians having relationships with other parties so long as they understand that the GOA is married to us and not to the extramarital partner of big oil.
So far I have seen no evidence of any loyalty to the public interest especially with reference to the liabilities of big oil.
I mean where is the Auditor General in all of this? The Auditor General should be investigating how big the liabilities are and who is going to pay for all the environmental messes that big oil is avoiding.
Or is the Auditor General of Alberta --like the GOA hires--flirtatious with big oil and not loyal to us?
The AER is a mess. We can't sue the entity made fire proof by the traitors of the PCs. And the NDP on their bellies before big oil with the dumb carbon tax is on the way out soon enough. If the next hires don't kick butt and get the AER to get their members to pony up the money to pay for the liabilities and the messes, I'm betting we're going to have to form our own political party and kick butt ourselves as mummies.
Time our government hires at all levels worked in the public interest and got big oil to clean up after themselves. With all the billions in profits, the major subsidies and the advertisements such as the dumb climate leadership plan we have paid for this is the least that the industry could do. And it will do it.
We need more royalties and we need more money for the orphan well program and the industry can jolly well pay for these matters. We're not the bank for corporations any longer. Everyone needs to get off the public teats.
From: Stewart Shields <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Subject: Updating Energy Regulator Requires Honesty Far More Than Balance!!
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The AER just like the NEB is in dire need of a complete work over!! In Alberta the land-owners who have been forced to deal the AER or it’s predecessors have no more respect for the AER than the NEB!! The sole difference is the federal government have had the balls Alberta needs to directly question the NEB’s actions?? ALBERTA should be calling the AER to Edmonton to question just why they felt a measly $30 million would suffice as a budget for the Orphan Well Fund!! Many including myself feel the Orphan Well Fund`s budget was set intentionally low to encourage both the Alberta and Federal government to come to the aid of the wealthy and mostly foreign owned industry??
Certainly with industry paying the wages for the AER- there should be major changes to keep the AER from having influences over anything that could change the royalties payments made by industry to the Alberta public!! This of course would mean industry would report their production reports directly to the publicly paid Alberta Energy! This would also require the AER to surrender measurement, production audits, and field scrutiny etc. with respect to royalties over to the Alberta Energy!! There does appear a problem when many of the industry member have been hit with very very large finds for royalty cheating in United States, but the same industry members are never charged in Alberta? Have we in Alberta ever charged a company with royalty fraud, or cheating our public with respect to royalties payable to the Alberta public??
Updating Energy regulator requires honesty far more then balance!!
Editorial: Updating energy regulator requires balance
The federal panel looking at ways to update the National Energy Board (NEB) faces a task as onerous as evaluating any of the contentious pipeline projects that go before Canada’s energy regulator.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr appointed the team of independent experts in 2016 to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to scrutinize the country’s environmental laws and resource-development oversight. Its five members are visiting 10 cities between January and the end of March to hear about issues such as environmental assessment, ways to improve participation of the public and indigenous peoples in regulatory reviews and emergency response.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the panel stopped in Edmonton.
The panel members have heard there’s a lot that needs fixing at the NEB. That’s not surprising, given that the National Energy Board Act, the legislation mandating the board, was passed in 1959, with few changes since then.
“It’s been nearly 60 years and a lot has changed in Canada in that time,” panel co-chair Gary Merasty said in a meeting with the Edmonton Journal editorial board. There are calls for greater involvement of aboriginals and respect for their rights, more expectations for public transparency and increased concern for environmental impacts.The panel has heard the NEB needs to restore trust among Canadians, to ensure the regulator isn’t beholden to industry and rubber-stamping projects.
“People are saying they want to see more transparency and clarity that enough is being done in terms of inspection and followup,” said panel member Brenda Kenny.
One popular and simple suggestion is to scrap the requirement that the NEB’s permanent members must live in Calgary, where the regulator has been headquartered since 1991 when the then-Progressive Conservative government moved it to be closer to expertise in the oilpatch.
Public access to the NEB’s quasi-judicial hearings can also be improved. Currently, interveners are restricted to those who are directly affected by a development. Even written submissions are not allowed without first filling out reams of forms.
But as Carr said in a January news release: industry has a right to extract resources and get them to market in an environmentally responsible way, while creating jobs for Canadians.
The panel is supposed to report back by May 15. It’s a tight time frame on a difficult topic.
In modernizing its framework and restoring public trust, an overhauled National Energy Board still needs a way for industry to win approvals for projects that pass environmental muster and in the economic interests of Canadians.
The panel must be careful not to make it impossible for companies to get to a “yes” on energy projects that cross provincial borders.
Local editorials are the consensus opinion of the Journal’s editorial board, comprising Mark Iype, Dave Breakenridge, Sarah O’Donnell, Bill Mah and David Evans.
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From: Stewart Shields <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 1:06 PM
Subject: Fw: Government Gifts To The Energy Industry??
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With our Alberta NDP government bound to supplying public cash to the energy industry to afford the clean-up left by the industries members -it’s time to review the facts of of the good or bad the offering of public funds to major foreign energy giants has on the industry-the public, and Alberta?? The offering of cash in a straight forward transaction- is far better than the underhanded method of allowing industry members a royalty holiday using the publics royalties as the gift system!! The industry love this type of arrangement as the price of the royalty gifts is never entered into the government’s treasury-=making it impossible for the public to appreciate the value our governments are anointing to the petroleum industry? The bookwork involved in hiding these amounts is horrendous, opposed to simply leaving royalty forgiveness out of drilling incentives- charging full royalty rates—then offering CASH out of the treasury for the proper amounts of incentives- if required?? This filthy and smelly royalty forgiveness thing took hold on the penny on the dollar royalty rape for foreign developers entering the bitumen business, and like any bad disease has spread like wild fire!!
I’m asking government to review all industry gifts---to remove using the public’s royalties as the pay machine—into issuing a transparent payment directly from the Alberta Treasury??
With respect to the Abandoned Well Fund the Alberta Government gave a direct gift of $30 million in 2009, to the fund, while the entire industry came up with $12.5 million! Industry never lets a downturn in energy prices go by without attacking the provincial treasury!! Did this $30 million bring the desired results, or has it made the industry extremely sloppy in the collection of proper amounts from industry to keep the fund a industry entity capable of handling and caring for their own messes??We have made a total mess of our royalty system to hide from the public the amounts the various gifts are costing the Alberta Public, and are now contemplating becoming the underwriter for the Abandon Well Fund? Who among producers asked the Government to interfere with industries abilities to handle the Abandoned Well Fund? Is it government’s opinion the industry are incapable of financing entirely what is expected of them to be called an Alberta producer??
From: Stewart Shields <
Date: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 6:14 PM
Subject: Fw: Read Naomi Klein If You Must !!
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Surely the NDP can now realize that helping an industry in far less debt than the province- would be unwise to the point of stupid- at this time!! The last time the province tried to help industry with abandoned wells with a $30 million gift, it simply allowed the industry to pile up idle wells -with no further increased collection of industry funds for the storm clouds forming over unproductive wells?? The gifted $30 million has proved to be totally unnecessary—totally useless—and added nothing of value to the province or it’s public!! The sole beneficiary was the foreign and domestic energy industry that celebrated in the Calgary Petroleum Club!!
Should the NDP Go through with another cash gift to the petroleum industry –it would be totally unnecessary –totally useless—and add nothing of value to the province or it’s public!! the sole beneficiary would be the foreign and domestic energy industry that celebrate in the Calgary Petroleum Club!??
However Alberta is a different place now than it was in 2009, every dollar miss-spent on foreign and domestic wealthy petroleum industry members -is a dollar more debt to the Alberta public!! A search of industry producers wanting their names associated with demands for public money—brought no replys? Could we suggest that this is again another CAPP caper and attack on the provincial treasury ? And could we suggest the NDP government would use the phony request- to appear as a energy savour to the Alberta voters? Careful with adding unnecessary to the huge deficit that will indeed require to be paid back—if you want to keep any Alberta voters!! Realize industry are not going to allow another price down turn go by without an assault on the provincial treasury –read Naomi Klein if you must!!