Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Background

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) describes itself as “the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.”1Canada’s Upstream Oil & Natural Gas Industry,” CAPP. Archived June 16, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/sPyLu CAPP members are responsible for about 80% of natural gas and crude oil production in Canada. Members reportedly have revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $101 billion per year.212-Month Lobbying Summary for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, LobbyCanada.Gc.Ca. Accessed June 22, 2020.

In 2019, The Globe and Mail uncovered that many of the board members of a new pro-oil advocacy group, the Modern Miracle Network, were also governors of CAPP. The Modern Miracle Network aims to “shift the conversation” on energy so that Canadians embrace “the miracle of modern hydrocarbons,” according to its website.3Conservative politicians, oil executives map out strategy for ousting federal Liberals in growing collaboration,” The Globe and Mail, April 25, 2019. Archived April 25, 2019.. Archive URL:  https://archive.vn/Ok5CB

History of CAPP

CAPP evolved from several other groups including the Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA), The Alberta Oil Operators’ Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC).4History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn  

The Alberta Oil Operators’ Association was founded in 1927. In 1929, the Alberta Oil Operators’ was reorganized to form the Oil and Gas Association of Alberta. In 1938 it merged with the Petroleum Producers’ Association (created the previous year by independent oil producers) to form the Alberta Petroleum Association.5History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn

During the 1940s, this group gave its members the opportunity to communicate their views to government agencies. in 1947 the Alberta Petroleum Association changed its name to the Western Canadian Petroleum Association. This group later joined with the Saskatchewan Operators’ Association and came together under the name of the Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA).6History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn

CAPP described that group’s objectives, as determined during a December 9, 1952 meeting as follows:7History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn

  1. “to establish better understanding between the petroleum and natural gas industry and the public
  2. to encourage cooperation between the petroleum and natural gas industry and federal, provincial and local governments, and other authoritative bodies
  3. to provide a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the welfare of its members
  4. to foster better understanding between the Association and purposes (source: 1977 Annual Report)”

According to CAPP‘s self-described history, energy policy in Canada was “based on recommendations that the CPA spent two years preparing.” Those were then  “adopted by the Progressive Conservative Party, the official opposition and later translated into government policy.”8History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn    

In 1992, the CPA joined with the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC) to form the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).9History of CAPP,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Archived July 5, 2012. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mHagn

Stance on Climate Change

2020

As of 2020, CAPP‘s “climate change” page on its website suggested LNG exports are an effective way to meet climate change goals:10Climate Change,” CAPP. Archived June 17, 2020. Archive URL:https://archive.vn/nXNWS

“Addressing climate change is bigger than one industry or one country – it requires a global perspective. But Canada is uniquely positioned to help meet global climate commitments by providing an alternative to coal in Asia through LNG exports.”

CAPP describes LNG as “the coal alternative.”

“Canada can become a world leader on climate action through technology and innovation, and by continuing to develop natural gas responsibly. Electrification of upstream production is an important step in this process.

Canadian natural gas presents opportunity for significant environmental benefit. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon – emitting about 40% less carbon dioxide (CO2) when used in electricity generation.”

DeSmog has reported11Justin Mikulka. “A Look at the Oil Industry’s Favorite Climate Solutions,” DeSmog, April 22, 2020. how the oil and gas industry’s approach of selling natural gas as a solution to the climate crisis is based on a fallacy, and gas is not necessarily as clean as industry makes it out to be.12Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source than we thought,” National Geographic, February 19, 2020. Archived June 17, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/lIeEL

2019

While CAPP has claimed on its website that “Greenhouse gases (GHG) from human activities are a significant contributor to climate change,” it also suggests that any policies on climate change must be “cost and carbon competitive with other jurisdictions.”13Climate Change,” CAPP. Archived April 26, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/Auzse

CAPP further argued that any costs placed on carbon will lead to “carbon leakage” and that, paradoxically, increasing investment in and eliminating regulations on Canadian hydrocarbon production is the best way to reduce emissions:14Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” CAPP. Archived April 26, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/Auzse

If industry reduces or stops investing in Canada due to the high carbon cost, and production goes to a jurisdiction where there is little or no carbon price, more emissions will be released in that jurisdiction. Since climate is a globally connected system, it is critical that Canadians consider the global implications if our oil and natural gas industry is no longer competitive,” CAPP claims on its website.

Climate costs without adequate focus on innovation and reinvestment in the oil and natural gas industry will result in higher emissions globally.”

November 2015

Following a climate change announcement by the Alberta government:15James Wilt. “Alberta Climate Announcement Puts End to Infinite Growth of Oilsands,” DeSmog, November 23, 2015.

The province’s climate strategy may allow our sector to invest more aggressively in technologies to further reduce per barrel emissions in our sector and do our part to tackle climate change,” Tim McMillan, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

We encourage the province to follow a balanced approach, recognizing that our sector can only become a global supplier of responsibly produced oil and natural gas if we are competitive on the world stage.”

Funding

Key Documents via Corporations Canada

Key People

The following is based on CAPP‘s filings at Corporations Canada, with names listed in each year:

Name2014201520162017201820192020
A. Jeffery Tonken    YYY
Adrienne Bosch    YYY
Al Reid   YY  
Alex Pourbaix    YYY
Bart Cahir YYY   
Bill ClappertonYYYYYYY
Brad Corson      Y
Brad Gardiner    YY 
Brendan Mccracken      Y
Brett HermanYY     
Brian SchmidtYYYYYYY
Brian Tuffs  YY   
Bryan Gould   YYYY
Byron LutesYY YYYY
Byron Nodwell    YYY
Cam King YYY   
Cameron Proctor     YY
Chris Slubicki YYYYY 
Christine Healy    YYY
Clayton Blood   YYYY
Craig Bryksa     YY
Craig H. HansenYYYYYYY
Darren Flynn  YY   
Darren Gee     YY
Dave RobertsYY     
David CollyerY      
Derek Evans     YY
Don Simmons      Y
Doug Bartole   YYYY
Doug Suttles    YYY
Eric Axford  YYY  
Eric Hambly     YY
Francois LangloisYY Y   
Frank Cassulo    YYY
George FinkYY  YYY
Glen ScottY      
Glenn GradeenYYYYYY 
Ian DundasYYYYYYY
Ivor RusteYY     
J. Michael GatensYYYY   
James BowzerYY     
Jason Skehar YYYYYY
Jason Smith    YY 
Jeff Gustavson   Y   
Jeff Lehrmann Y Y   
Jeffery TonkenYYYY   
Jilin Fu    YYY
Joel CroteauYY     
John RhindY      
John RossallYYYY   
John Whelan   Y   
John Zahary    YY 
Jonathan WrightYYYYYYY
Ken LueersYYYY   
Kevin Jabusch     YY
Kevin L. StashinYY YYYY
Kim Code YYY   
Kirk Johnson    YYY
Lukasz Brodowski      Y
Mark Fitzgerald   YYYY
Mark Little    YYY
Marty Proctor   YYYY
Matthew Rees    Y  
Michael BinnionYYYYYYY
Michael Crothers   YYYY
Michael CulbertYYYY   
Michael Hatfield   Y   
Michael Kaluza    YYY
Michael McallisterYYYYY  
Michael McfadyenYY Y   
Mike Rose    YYY
Murray Elliott  YY   
Myron StadnykYYYYYYY
Neil RoszellYY     
Nina Koch    YY 
Pat Carlson   Y   
Patrick Ward YYYYY 
Paul Baker    YYY
Paul Ferneyhough    YYY
Paul Myers   YYYY
Quinn Wilson    YYY
Rich Kruger    YY 
Richard Wyman    YYY
Rob Broen YYYYYY
Rob Dutton YYYYY 
Rob Peabody    YYY
Robert Pease  YY   
Ryan Kubik Y Y   
Satoshi Abe    YYY
Scott SaxbergYYYY   
Sharon MurphyYYYY   
Shudong Chen YYY   
Stephen WillisYY     
Steve Moran    YYY
Steve Spence YYYYYY
Susan Riddell Rose     YY
Susan Rose RiddellYYYYYY 
Terry Anderson      Y
Tim Mcmillan YYYYYY
Tom Mullane    YYY
Tony Berthelet    YY 
Zhiming LiY      

Initial Directors

CAPP‘s initial registration listed its Board of Directors as of September 27, 2013 and their affiliated companies:

  • Pierre Albarez — Nexen Energy ULC
  • Michael Binnion — Questerre Energy Corporation
  • James Bowzer — Baytex Energy Corp.
  • Bill Clapperton — Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • David Collyer — CAPP (former president of CAPP. Formerly with Shell)
  • Ross Douglas — Mancal Energy Inc.
  • Michael Ericksen — Renegade Petroleum Ltd.
  • J. Michael Gatens — Unconventional Gas Resources Canada Operating Inc.
  • Massimo Geremia — Manitok Energy Inc.
  • Glenn Gradeen — Tangle Creek Energy
  • Brett Herman — TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.
  • Edward LaFehr — TAQA North
  • Francois Langlois — Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Ken Lueers — ConocoPhillips Canada
  • Byron Lutes — Southern Pacific Resources Corp.
  • Andy Mah — Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd.
  • Anthony Marino — Vermilion Energy Inc.
  • Michael McAlister — Encana Corporation
  • Sharon Murphy — Husky Energy Inc.
  • John Rhind — Shell Canada Limited
  • Susan Riddell Rose — Perpetual Energy Inc.
  • John Rossall — Talisman Energy Inc.
  • Ivor Ruste — Cenovus Energy
  • Scott Saxberg — Crescent Point Energy Corp.
  • Brian Schmidt — Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd.
  • Glenn Scott — Imperial Oil Resources
  • Steven Spence — Osum Oil Sands Corp.
  • Myron Stadnyk — ARC Resources Ltd.
  • Christina Verchere — BP Canada Energy Company ULC
  • Jonathan Wright — NuVista Energy Ltd.

Lobbyists

As of June 2020, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada provided the following lobbyist names for CAPP:1612-Month Lobbying Summary for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, LobbyCanada.Gc.Ca. Accessed June 22, 2020.

NameDescription
Terry AbelExecutive VP Canada Operations & Climate
Paul BarnesDirector, Atlantic Canada and Arctic
Allie BladesAdvisor, BC Citizen Engagement & Outreach
Stephen BreseeEconomist
Ben BrunnenVP Oil Sands, Fiscal & Economic Policy
Tricia DonnellyManager, Member and Government Liaison
Amberly DooleyManager, Oil Sands Technical
Markus ErmischAnalyst, Operations & Regulatory
Claudette FedorukAnalyst Operations
Allyson GrantAdvisor, Government Relations
Paul HartzheimAdvisor, Liability
Brad HeraldVice President, Western Canada Operations
David HumePolicy Analyst
Salim JagirdharAnalyst, Regulatory
Shannon JosephVice President, Government Relations
Kristy LangePolicy Analyst, Environment
Jennifer MatthewsManager, Regulatory (Atlantic Canada)
Don McCrimmonManager, Air
Patrick McDonaldDirector, Climate
Brian McGuiganManager, Indigenous Affairs
Tim McMillanPresident and CEO
Jack MiddletonAdvisor, BC Citizen Engagement & Outreach
Aaron MillerManager, Tax & Fiscal Policy
Krista NelsonManager, Technical Research
Andria PanidiszPolicy Analyst, Air
Krista PhillipsManager, Land and Biodiversity
Jill PiccottCommunications Policy Advisor, Atlantic Canada
Mark PinneyManager, Natural Gas and Transportation
Samuel RawlukPolicy Analyst
Bryan RemillardManager, Oil Sands Policy
Robert RolfePolicy Analyst
Nick SchultzVice President, Pipeline Regulation
Cole SchulzInterim Vice-President, Communications
Jonathan StringhamManager, Fiscal & Economic Policy
Alex SurcaManager, Government Relations
Colin TurnerIntern, Government Relations
Richard WongManager, Operations

Actions

October 31–November 12, 2021

CAPP attended the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, according to the official provisional list of registered participants (PLOP).17“Provisional list of registered participants” (PDF), UNFCCC, November 1, 2021. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Listed CAPP representatives included:

  • Jay Averill
  • Shannon Joseph
  • Tim McMillan

September 2021

Following a release from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announcing consultation on its “People-Centered Just Transition” plan for a low-carbon transition, Canadian Energy Citizens—a group by CAPP—issued a call to action for industry supporters to push back.18Just Transition,” Government of Canada. Archived October 4, 2021. Archive URL:https://archive.ph/jfTb4

The CEC website wrote:19Canada’s ‘Just Transition?’Canada’s Energy Citizens. Archived October 4, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/U8b8u

“The engagement close on September 30th, so we need to ensure we get as many submissions in support of Canada’s natural gas and oil industry in as possible. We know opponents of Canada’s industry are working hard to get thousands of people to make submissions calling for the end of Canadian oil and gas development.”

CEC’s “recommendations” included for the government to “Recognize the important role that oil and natural gas will continue to play in global energy security and position the Canadian oil and gas industry, its workers and its clean technologies to play a global role as an energy supplier of choice.”

The CAPP/CEC campaign page also outlined suggestions for a “Just Transition Advisory Body.”

Greenpeace Canada Senior Energy Strategist Keith Stewart told The Mix that this echoes the fossil fuel industry’s political playbook of the past:20Mitchell Beer. “EXCLUSIVE: ‘No Mention of Workers’ as Fossil Lobby Aims to Refocus Just Transition on Producers,” The Energy Mix. September 28, 2021. Archived October 4, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/V2nly

CAPP has “relied on a strategy of using provincial premiers to block federal action, so you have [Alberta Premier] Jason Kenney, you have [Saskatchewan Premier] Scott Moe acting as spokespeople for the industry and saying they’re doing it in the interest of citizens,” Stewart said.

“I think they see just transition as a threat because it’s a way to bring oil workers and oil-dependent communities into the transition in a way that doesn’t create a loss for them,” he added. “If you’re an oil worker and you see climate action as a threat to your job, you’re not going to support it. If you see that the rest of the country is going to support you and your community through the transition in the same way we supported each other through COVID, you’ll be interested in the opportunities.”

March 27, 2020

As reported by Environmental Defence,21(Press Release). “Secret memo reveals oil industry plan to exploit COVID crisis, endanger Canadians,” Environmental Defence, April 17, 2020. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/z81k2 a Canadian advocacy organization, CAPP sent a memo to the Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan requesting a rollback of regulatory oversight during the COVID pandemic.22Re: COVID-19 Crisis Response -Action s required regarding Federal Policy and Regulations” (PDF), CAPP, March 27, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The government must stand up for Canadians and refuse to give the fossil fuel industry special exceptions from the rules that keep us safe,” said Tim Gray, Executive Director of Environmental Defence. “The oil industry is exploiting this crisis and asking the government for a sweeping rollback of environmental laws. It seems that CAPP has taken the adage ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’ to heart,” he continued.23(Press Release). “Secret memo reveals oil industry plan to exploit COVID crisis, endanger Canadians,” Environmental Defence, April 17, 2020. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/z81k2

The letter thanks Minister of Natural Resources O’Regan for meeting with CAPP on March 19 and 26 “to initiate a COVID-19 Market Crisis Joint Working Group.”24(Press Release). “Secret memo reveals oil industry plan to exploit COVID crisis, endanger Canadians,” Environmental Defence, April 17, 2020. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/z81k2

CAPP and our members see effective collaboration between industry and government as critical to managing the impacts of this crisis,” the letter reads.

“In addition to the flexibility in existing regulations, CAPP also recommends that, during this time of crisis, governments adopt a do no harm principle with respect to regulations and the costs they impose on industry.”

Specifically, CAPP recommends to “Defer, suspend, or waive near-term, low -risk regulatory obligations.” The letter includes a wish list of regulations CAPP would like removed or delayed including an extension for the ECCC Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, deferred registration and compressor testing for methane regulations, as well as a variety of other methane testing regulations. CAPP also requests deferred monitoring, reporting, and inspections under the Fisheries Act.  Other requests include an extension on reporting of CAPP‘s lobbying activities, a delay of stack testing and other pollution monitoring regulations.

Environmental Defence summarized CAPP‘s wish list as follows:

  • Don’t finalize the Clean Fuel Standard, which is being developed to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution from vehicle traffic,
  • Delay federal methane regulations, or let weak provincial regulations take their place, thus increasing the amount of this powerful greenhouse gas and associated poisonous toxins going into the atmosphere,
  • Cancel plans to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), further delaying Indigenous peoples having their full rights recognized,
  • Cancel government commitments to reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, putting Canadians at ongoing risk from toxic chemicals,
  • Pause the planned increase to the federal carbon price,
  • Stop moving forward with any new climate policies,
  • Indefinitely exempt in situ oilsands mining and exploration drilling projects from undergoing federal impact review, and
  • Exempt from reporting their lobbying activities to achieve these goals. CAPP has logged 29 separate meetings with 42 senior federal officials from just March 12-31. Going forward, they want this evidence to stay hidden from the Canadian public.

All this is quite appalling. And this has nothing to do with COVID or the economics of oil and gas. CAPP has been lobbying for many of the concessions in this memo for a long time. And now, under the cover of this crisis, they are asking to be allowed to do it all in secret and hide their lobbying from Canadians,” added Tim Gray. “The COVID pandemic requires the federal government to offer support for people and businesses, but that does not mean throwing out laws that were created to protect Canadians’ health or our environment.”

August 2016

According to documents released to Greenpeace Canada in response to a Freedom of Information request, CAPP had requested the federal government introduce a carbon pricing scheme that would “recycle” revenues back into oil and gas operations.25Carol Linnitt. “CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry,” The Narwhal, March 1, 2017.

One of the decisions governments need to make is what to do with the revenue generated from the carbon pricing mechanism,” the document reads. “There are many options available to enable innovation for distribution of this generated revenue; CAPP recommends that to enable innovation, revenue generated by industrial emitters is best recycled back to industry for technology and innovation.”

Other internal documents showed CAPP resisting regulation on methane emissions, arguing it would reduce industry’s competitiveness:26Carol Linnitt. “CAPP Lobbies Government to ‘Recycle’ Carbon Tax Revenues Back to Oil Industry,” The Narwhal, March 1, 2017.

Canadian production is already at risk of being displaced by U.S. competition,” a CAPP presentation made to the federal government in September 2016 reads.

It is “not a good time to impose additional costs on industry,” a slide states.

November 2013

Documents released under Access to Information legislation showed CAPP suggesting that “objection to the oil sands is ideological” and “not a concern that Alberta’s current framework is not stringent enough,” there is no guarantee that a stricter regulatory regime for the development of the oilsands will “’secure’ social license and forestall negative policy action.”27Carol Linnitt. “Oil and Gas Industry Resists New Emissions Standards, Calls Oilsands Opposition ‘Ideological,’; Documents Reveal,” The Narwhal, November 11, 2013.

The documents revealed CAPP to be fighting for lower emissions reductions goals and lower penalties on industry for exceeding CO2 emissions. The documents contained correspondence between the government of Alberta and CAPP28Carol Linnitt. “Oil and Gas Industry Resists New Emissions Standards, Calls Oilsands Opposition ‘Ideological,’; Documents Reveal,” The Narwhal, November 11, 2013.

In a section of a document entitled “Framing the Right Questions” CAPP questioned Alberta’s proposed emissions targets:29Carol Linnitt. “Oil and Gas Industry Resists New Emissions Standards, Calls Oilsands Opposition ‘Ideological,’; Documents Reveal,” The Narwhal, November 11, 2013.

Will higher stringency requirements ‘secure’ social license and forestall negative policy action elsewhere? Unlikely. The objection to the oil sands is ideological; not a concern that Alberta’s current framework is not stringent enough. Put another way, if the 40/40 guidelines were enacted, oil sands opponents would claim that they too were insufficient.”

CAPP also suggested in the documents that stricter regulations on greenhouse gas emissions might not necessarily lead to a reduction in CO2 pollution, while they could restrict investment in the tar sands:30Carol Linnitt. “Oil and Gas Industry Resists New Emissions Standards, Calls Oilsands Opposition ‘Ideological,’; Documents Reveal,” The Narwhal, November 11, 2013.

“Will higher stringency requirements deliver greater GHG reductions? Unlikely. The challenge with the oil sands is that current technology is not yet available for deployment to a significant degree […]”

Will higher stringency requirements impact production and revenue? Very likely. Adding a regressive charge to the oil sands, one that bites harder at low prices than high prices, introduces additional cost and risk. This will impair recovery of marginal resource associated with existing projects. And make new projects less competitive from a portfolio perspective. And the higher costs associated with additional stringency can also impair the resources devoted to research.”

September 12, 2011

CAPP sponsored a luncheon meeting for Vivian Krause in Calgary, Alberta. Vivian Krause noted on her blog that she accepted $5,000 to cover travel and expenses for the event.31Presentations & Honorariums,” Fairquestions, March 13, 2012. Archived June 15, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/oXDM4

September 6, 2011

The B.C. Tap Water Alliance (BCTWAreleased leaked documents32(Press Release). “WESTERN CANADIAN ENERGY MINISTRIES ‘COLLABORATE’ IN SECRET WITH INFLUENTIAL PETROLEUM CARTEL ON DEVELOPMENT OF CONTROVERSIAL FRACKING POLICES” (PDF), B.C. Tap Water Alliance, September 6, 2011. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. that showed, as Desmog also reported, that several lobbyists representing CAPP were consulted as part of an undisclosed collaboration between Canada’s three western provinces to discuss water issues related to fracking.33Carol Linnitt. “New West Partnership Includes CAPP Lobbyists in Fracking Policy Development,” DeSmog, September 6, 2011.

The leaked document included an attached directive on how to streamline gas production across the West while minimizing public and stakeholder involvement. It described “proactive” public relations campaigns that will respond to the “ill-informed campaigns” of environmental NGOs, public media and local communities.34“BC TAP WATER ALLIANCE SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 PRESS RELEASE BACKGROUNDER” (PDF), BC Tap Water Alliance, September 6, 2011.

The leaked documents from Alberta are fundamentally disturbing, and challenge the core principles of our democracy” says BCTWA coordinator Will Koop. “The elected leaders and executive energy administrators of western Canada are caving into the petroleum industry, and are excluding public stakeholders from the fracking table.”

“If CAPP gets its way, not only will the public suffer from an ill-natured public relations scheme thrust upon it by its own government, but it will have to fund it as well.”

November 2010

DeSmog reported on a complaint by the Sierra Club of Canada accusing CAPP of violating provision 1 of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards when it ran advertisements describing tar sands as “essentially like yogurt.”35(Press Release). “CAPP withdraws yogurt ad in response to Sierra Club Canada complaint,” Sierra Club of Canada, November 30, 2010. Archived June 18, 2020. Archive URL:  https://archive.vn/pEehZ

Provision one states “(a) Advertisements must not contain inaccurate or deceptive claims…. […] the concern is not with the intent of the sender or precise legality of the presentation. Rather, the focus is on the message as received or perceived, i.e. the general impression conveyed by the advertisement.” 

Capp later withdrew the ad. Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) President, Janet Feasby, said in a letter to the Sierra Club that, “It should be noted, however, that Council’s decision was not unanimous. Council was pleased; therefore, to learn from the advertiser that this commercial had been withdrawn and replaced by another that does not make any reference to yogurt.”

April 2010

CAPP appeared to be one of the groups behind a new public relations campaign at the website AlbertaIsEnergy.ca.36James Hoggan. “Oil Sands Newest PR Push Doomed to Fail – Again,” DeSmog, April 20, 2010. The website listed “Supporters” as of April 2010:37About Us,” Alberta is Energy. Archived April 20, 2010. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/gOcog

  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers 
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
  • Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors
  • Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (SEPAC)
  • Petroleum Services Association of Canada
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors
  • Alberta Enterprise Group
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters 

2010

CAPP was reportedly involved in a committee created in early 2010 to coordinate promotion of the oilsands with the Alberta and federal governments. The Star reported the committee brought together the president of CAPP along with deputy ministers from Natural Resources, Environment Canada, Alberta Energy and Alberta Environment to synchronize lobbying efforts to promote Alberta oil.  CAPP spokesperson Travis Davies said they had been invited to join by the federal government.38Martin Lukacs. “Alberta, Ottawa, oil lobby formed secret committee,” The Star, March 12, 2012. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/DMuKE

We exchange information on oilsands outreach activities,” Davies said. “For instance, when governors or groups wanted to come visit the oilsands, we needed to be at the table. It was about basic coordination.”

The group appeared to have ceased meeting at some point in 2013. In addition to CAPP and CPPI, industry membership included CNRL, Cenovus, and Suncor.39Mike De Souza. “Oil and gas pollution committee quietly silenced,” The Star, September 16, 2014. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/a9E6Q

August 2008

CAPP reportedly gave an overview of the tar sands to billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway, and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. Travis Davies, a spokesman for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said “We gave a broad overview, environment included of course.”40AP. “Buffett and Gates tour Canada’s oil sands,” International Herald Tribune, August 20, 2008. Archived August 23, 2008. Archive URL:  https://archive.vn/i8y3R

January 20, 1995

CAPP signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Natural Resources Canada which committed to developing and promoting the Voluntary Challenge and Registry Program (VCR) as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program would mean participation was voluntary by businesses rather than mandatory. A CAPP news release said the agreement “demonstrates that the voluntary approach is a meaningful and substantive way to make progress in addressing climate change.” The National Action Program on Climate Change would create a Voluntary Challenge Registry where GHG emitters would publicly register their plans for reduction.41Douglas Macdonald and Heather A. Smith. “Promises Made, Promises Broken: Questioning Canada’s Commitments to Climate Change,”  International Journal, Vol. 55, No. 1 (Winter, 1999/2000), pp. 107-124.

Analysis by the Pembina Institute found that, as of 2000, “on average, the emissions of companies making detailed submissions to the VCR do not appear to be rising more slowly than national trends.”42Five Years of Failure,” Pembina Institute, March 24, 2000. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/wip/vDyWM

Canada’s Energy Citizens

Canada’s Energy Citizens is an initiative of CAPP that describes itself as “the largest oil and natural gas advocacy organization in Canada, with a membership of over 500,000 grassroots Canadians.”  Its website reads:43ABOUT,” Canada’s Energy Citizens. Archived June 22, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/iHPRI

“Over the past decade, Canadians have been presented with numerous misrepresentations and a litany of misinformation regarding Canada’s oil and natural gas sector – and it has had negative impacts. Many Canadian’s do not realize Canada is an environmental leader in global oil and natural gas production, how pipelines are the safest and most responsible way to transport oil products, or how the Canadian oil and natural gas industry is the single largest investor in green technologies. This needs to change.”

Endangered Species Conservation Committee (ESCC)

CAPP is a member of the Government of Alberta initiative (ESCC).44Alberta’s Species at Risk Strategies,” Government of Alberta. Archived June 18, 2020. Archive URL:  https://archive.vn/msk12 DeSmog reported “the ESCC amounts to little more than an industrial development club” that delayed for years the listing of caribou as a threatened species.45Carol Linnitt. “Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?DeSmog, February 14, 2012.

“The ESCC currently refuses to demote caribou to a critically endangered status despite encouragement from leading scientists, and accusations that it is stalling critical protections intended by the Wildlife Act. The Alberta Wilderness Association, one of the key environmental bodies fighting to preserve Alberta’s caribou and halt the needless killing of wolves, has accused the ESCC of protecting industry interests, citing this as the cause behind the ESCC’s continuous failure to act,” Carol Linnitt wrote. 46Carol Linnitt. “Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?DeSmog, February 14, 2012.

Contact & Address

CAPP‘s corporate registration lists the following address:

350 7 Avenue S.W., Suite 2100

Calgary, Alberta

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