Nancy Pelossi’s visit to Ottawa last week brought out the anti-tar sands people in droves.
Think about this. Some don’t want oil being taken out of the ground in Alberta and the ground put back. But, if your furnace oil tank leaks a small quantity of oil into your yard, the oil HAS TO BE REMOVED and the ground remediated. Hmmmm.
I know of one such clean up that cost over a million dollars. The home owner told me that the leak was estimated at 20 litres. That’s about the amount of one fifth of a “barrel” of oil production. ( In the oil industry a “barrel” is about 42 gallons if I remember correctly. )
The tar sands can extract a barrel of oil and sell it for a profit in the $65 range. That’s a heck of a lot more efficient than the clean up guys.
So if we are trying to rid the world of oil in the ground, I’d have to say that Suncor and the like are doing a pretty good job. If oil in the ground is not a bad thing, then why are we putting some homeowners in financial ruin cleaning up small quantities? Anyone?
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut