If there is a question on everyone’s mind in the oil and gas industry, it is this: which way will the methane emissions winds blow?
As jurisdictions such as Alberta and British Columbia come to terms with their emissions management frameworks – and seek to align them within a broader North American context – companies and organizations are seeking answers to a broad and growing range of questions.
That’s why the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) is launching its emissions information efforts, which kick off with a special breakfast session in Calgary Aug. 18, says CSUR president Dan Allan.
“We’re at that stage in any new policy development that there are more questions than answers,” he explains. “At CSUR, our mandate is to help fill that informational vacuum.”
As with other CSUR outreach initiatives, the insights offered come from a balanced set of perspectives offered by industry, governments and regulatory agencies.
The presentations, which start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 a.m. at the Calgary Petroleum Club, include those voices. Mark Taylor, vice-president of Climate Assurance Policy at the Alberta Energy Regulator, will offer an Alberta perspective on the issue, while Michelle Schwabe, Director of Regulatory Policy Development at BC's Ministry of Natural Gas Development, will offer her take on BC’s position. Tyler Tarnoczi, an air and GHG emissions analyst at Cenovus, will speak to his company’s view, while Alan Ross, managing partner at law firm Borden Ladner Gervais, will sum up with an industry perspective.
“It is early days on the emissions landscape, but it’s important all the players can come together and share ideas and views, so there is a higher degree of collaboration possible as regulations and policy come into play,” notes Allan. “At CSUR, we’re ideally suited to be that forum were the technical dynamics can be tied to the regulatory and economic contexts.”
For more information about CSUR and to register for the event, visit www.csur.com or contact Cynthia Lamont at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available for workshop.