Monday, September 6, 2010

Tarsands employees love fluffy bunnies.

The oil industry and the governments of Canada and Alberta, continue to respond to the growing international concern about the tar-sands ecocide as if it is nothing more than a public relations problem.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) have started running a series of ads in which photogenic tarsands employees state how much they love fluffy bunnies, or words to that effect. For example a full page ad today's Edmonton Journal shows biologist Megan Blampin looking soulful beside a lake with the quote:

"We know what was here before, what's here now, and what we need to do before we leave".

Which is really informative isn't it? I bet reading that you've realised how wrong you were about the tar-sands up to now.

Bamplin works for Devon Energy which has a tarsands project at Jackfish using steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) to extract the oil. It is claimed that this method is more environmentally friendly than open cast mining since it has less impact on the forest. However, SAGD requires vast amounts of energy, far more than open cast mining, and huge areas of forest still have to be destroyed to make space for the necessary infrastructure.

But that's all right because Megan's out there monitoring

"rare species like Arctic Grayling and Woodland Caribou. Everyone I work with loves the outdoors."

That's the outdoors that Albertans love exploring in their mammoth 4x4 pick-up trucks.

So what if the world temperature rises by a few degrees by the end of Megan's life and the millions of people we saw affected by climate catastrophe this year increase every year, until our species itself is threatened? At least Megan, with her creamy skin and blonde highlights cared.


Anonymous said...

I thought that I was the only one who almost lost my breakfast when I saw that ad. Now her face is adorned on the Globe and Mail website's CAPP ad. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I Happen to know and work with Megan. She is always ensuring that Devon stays within all government regulations.

Anonymous said...

How far is Devon from the tar sands and why do none of the people who appear in these propaganda pieces live downstream from the mining? Much of this campaign reminds of the beholden persons who defended Inco in Sudbury during the 1960s-1970s and the clean up there is still on-going.
Dr. Dieter K. Buse

Anonymous said...

I think if you are going to voice an opinion about these Devon statements you should know something about their operation. It is not a mining operation nor does it have tailings ponds. I'm tired of hearing that all alberta oil is dirty and a giant polluter. Do you drive a car? Where is the fuel coming from? Even a fuel efficient hybrid needs gas to run.....

Jane said...

No, I don't drive a car.