Say No to Teck Frontier oil sands

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If Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Wilkinson approve the Teck Frontier oilsands mega-mine, it means the promise of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 was just another climate crisis lie.

So, what do we do starting right now? First, everything necessary to make the Liberals not give the green light to Teck’s Frontier oil sands mega- mine. The decision is due at the end of February. It must be ‘No!’

How You Can Help

Write, call or email the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. ( * Mail may be sent postage-free to any member of Parliament.)

Tell them to stop approving oil sands projects and get serious about climate change.

The Honourable Prime Minister Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

E/ justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
T/ 613-995-0253

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

E/ Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca
T/ 613-995-1225

What is Teck Frontier?

Frontier is an open-pit bitumen mine.  It would consume acres of boreal forest and is twice the size of Vancouver. The mine could produce up to 260,000 barrels of bitumen every day.

This mine is very close to Wood Buffalo National Park, established in 1922 to protect the last remaining free-roaming bison herds in northern Canada.  The mine is also on the migration route of endangered whooping cranes. According to Parks Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is home to the last remaining natural nesting site of the whooping crane and one of the most concentrated nesting environments for geese and ducks on the planet.

An article in the Narwhal sets out 10 things we should know about this mine.  Here are some of those point:

  1. It is really big – one of the largest ever built in Alberta.
  2. The mine will make it virtually impossible for Canada to meet its climate commitments.
  3. Nearly 3,000 hectares of old growth forest will be cut down to make room for the mine.
  4. The predicted economic benefits of the project are based on oil prices not seen in years.
  5. The mine will result in the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands.

Environmental Impact

Just 13 days after the new Liberal government’s Throne Speech, Prime Minister Trudeau and his new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson effectively betrayed a major promise they made to us in the election campaign and in the Throne Speech: “achieve net-zero [greenhouse gas] emissions by 2050.”

Our ‘mission’ now—and for the next four years—is to persuade, convince, pressure, and even force the new government to do what’s required to protect the animals and the environment, and to effectively address the climate crisis.

In his December 13 Mandate Letter to the Hon. Jonathon Wilkinson, the Prime Minister instructed him to:

• Implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, while strengthening existing and introducing new greenhouse gas reducing measures to exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction goal and beginning work so that Canada can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

• Lead government-wide efforts to develop a plan to set Canada on a path to achieve a prosperous net-zero emissions future by 2050.

(To keep the promise to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050, Canada must reduce emissions by 3.3% annually. Something no Canadian government has ever done.)

And then on December 18, just 5 days later: Betrayal! Wilkinson approved a new offshore exploration oil drilling project for the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). It’s in the Flemish Pass Basin—about 400 kilometres east of Newfoundland and Labrador.

These are early days, but as of now it appears Prime Minister Trudeau is still intent on doing exactly what he did in his first mandate: invest heavily in the oil and gas industry, pay lip service to beating the climate emergency.

Prime Minister Trudeau has convinced many Canadians he’s a champion on the climate emergency file. He’s not. Focus group-tested talking points don’t obscure reality. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) “valuates and compares the climate protection performance of 57 countries and of the European Union (EU), which are together responsible for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”

Where’s Canada on the CCPI? Right at the bottom along with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia, and the United States. Worse than China. Worse than India. And, here’s the kick to our heads. Canada’s record is getting worse. That’s the real Trudeau Government climate crisis record. Bad and getting worse.

Further to getting worse, Trudeau, Wilkinson, and the rest of the Liberal cabinet are poised to approve a massive new oil sands open pit mine in Alberta: Teck’s Frontier mega-mine.

About the Frontier oil sands mega-mine, Indigenous Climate Action Executive Director Eriel Deranger said,

“The largest tar sands mine on the planet is being proposed in my people’s territory right now. It will impact the woodland buffalo, the last remaining wild whooping cranes on the planet…it will add 6.1 megatonnes of carbon annually to the atmosphere. We must force Canada to reject Teck.”

News Articles

February 2020 – The Tyee
February 2020 – CBC News
January 2020 – The Tyee
December 2019 – The Guardian

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