Under 1% of Tar-sands Infractions Penalized
|November 19, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental, Politics|
Enforcement of environmental infractions by companies in the Alberta oil sands are 17 times lower than similar infractions reported to the United State’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Of the more than 4,000 infractions reported, less than 1 percent (.09 to be exact) received an enforcement action (that would be less than 40 of 4,000). Compare this the EPA, who has an enforcement rate of 16 percent for similar infractions by companies under the Clean Water Act.
The median fine for environmental infractions in the oil sands over the past 16 years was $4,500. If you were an oil-sands player like ExxonMobil, who reported a profit last year of $44.9 billion, would you change your ways over a $4,500 fine?
Royal Dutch Shell Oil’s CEO, another big player in the oil sands, probably spent $4,500 on golf and dinner yesterday.
TransCanada, the company trying to convince President Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, asks whether the U.S. wants to source its heavy oil from Canada, a friendly and stable ally with strict environmental standards, or from other suppliers whose interests are not aligned with those of the United States and have limited or no environmental standards.
Ed. Notes: Exploit Earth, you’re in the suites. Love Earth, you’re in the streets. If only protestors could see what matters to oil executives the most, and that’s limited liability, which protects those in management making decisions to impose damage on others, instead of having fines for infractions coming out of their own pockets. Hit’em where it hurts; that’s the kind of reform that’ll make a difference.