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CEO of Indian Resource Council of Canada challenges Jane Fonda to learn about Canada’s oil sands

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Responding to Actress Jane Fonda: Stephen Buffalo of the Indian Resource Council

 

Dear Ms. Fonda,

I’m writing today to ask you to accept Stephen Buffalo’s invitation to have an honest and forthright discussion about Canadian oil and gas.

Stephen is the President and CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, and a tireless advocate for First Nations people.

Canadians are your neighbours, allies, business partners and friends. That is why I was disappointed to hear you disparage Canada’s world class oil sands as “the worst” and “most poisonous” in your opposition to the Line 3 pipeline, an energy conduit that’s critical to both our countries.

Canada is proud of our energy industry and the women and men who work to keep both our great nations running — ensuring homes remain heated and cooled as needed, getting crucial goods reliably to their destinations, and making sure the lights turn on and off when you flip the switch.

Here are some things Mr. Buffalo and his colleagues would like to discuss with you:

You raised concerns about “foreign” oil coming from a pipeline from Canada. But you should know that the U.S. will see oil imports rise for decades to come, much of that heavy oil, which is produced in the oil sands. Without Canadian product to feed refineries on your Gulf Coast, the world’s largest heavy oil processing region, countries like Venezuela and Mexico will become your country’s main suppliers. 

As for Line 3, it has connected our nations since 1968, providing energy for refineries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other U.S. markets. Replacing it is about improving safety and reliability to ensure a critical resource from a friend and ally continues to be available.

I ask that you join Stephen Buffalo and his colleagues to learn about Canada’s oil sands and our industry’s commitment to maintaining and improving its place as a world leader in responsible resource development. Armed with the correct information, I hope you might reconsider your opposition to Line 3.

Respectfully submitted,

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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Saskatchewan ranchers call for investigation into retail meat pricing

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REGINA — A group of Canadian ranchers is calling for an investigation into meat pricing.

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association says it’s asking the provincial and federal governments to look into what it calls an “imbalance” between the price ranchers receive for the cattle and the price consumers pay at the meat counter.

The group says many ranchers and feedlots are operating at a loss this year. Grass is still scarce on the Prairies due to last summer’s drought, and the cost of feed grain and fuel has skyrocketed since last year.

But packers and retailers are reporting strong profits this year. The Stock Growers say they believe slaughterhouses may be intentionally running fewer shifts to in order to keep wholesale beef prices high and allow fed cattle supplies to build up in the countryside.

In the U.S., the Biden administration has already expressed concerns about rising meat prices and vowed to implement policies aimed at increasing competition in the meat-packing sector.

According to Statistics Canada, the retail price of beef is up 11.2 per cent year-over-year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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First test production of plastic a milestone for Heartland Petrochemical Complex

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CALGARY — The $4.3-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex, which has been under construction northeast of Edmonton since 2018, has produced its first plastic pellets.

Owner and operator Inter Pipeline Ltd. said Tuesday the newly commissioned facility has been producing test pellets steadily since late June, an important milestone en route to the expected start of full commercial operation sometime this fall.

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex will convert Alberta propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of polypropylene beads, an easily transported form of plastic that is used in the manufacturing of a wide range of finished products.

Steven Noble, spokesman for Calgary-based Inter Pipeline, said the facility will be the first integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production facility in North America. He said approximately 70 per cent of Heartland’s total production capacity has been already contracted out to long-term customers.

“Through the duration of the project’s construction, we’ve seen demand for polypropylene increase significantly … including at one point hitting an all-time record (market price),” Noble said in an interview. “The demand that we initially forecast certainly hasn’t gone away.”

The Heartland facility is being built with the support of a $408-million grant from Alberta’s provincial government. The cash grant, part of an incentive program aimed at growing the province’s petrochemicals sector, is to be paid to Inter Pipeline in equal instalments over three years once the complex is operational.

Noble said by creating a new market for propane, the Heartland facility is an example of how natural resource development in Alberta is diversifying.

“The fact that we’re now looking at our raw resources in a different way, and figuring out different ways to get value out of them and create other refined products right here at home … is really the part of the story that everyone here is excited about,” he said.

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex is expected to employ 300 people once fully operational.

The polypropylene produced at the facility will be branded as Heartland Polymers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2022.

Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

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