Alberta fears EU directive will discriminate against Canada oil sands

25 September 2013 18:38  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--The government of Canada’s Alberta province on Wednesday criticised the EU fuel quality directive (FQD) for discriminating “unscientifically” against oil sands-derived fuels.

The Alberta government said that it fears that proposed measures to implement the FQD will unfairly restrict future market access for the province's oil. EU environment ministers are expected to vote on the measures before the end of the year.

“The upcoming European FQD vote is a critical policy decision that could affect market access for Alberta’s oil, not only to Europe, but around the world,” said Alberta’s environment minister, Diana McQueen.

McQueen and Alberta's minister of international trade, Cal Dallas, plan to travel to Europe to lobby EU governments in favour of the oil sands.

US officials have repeatedly pointed to pollution from Canada’s oil sands industry as a critical factor in deciding whether to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.

Meanwhile, Canadian energy infrastructure firm TransCanda has proposed a pipeline project to ship oil from Alberta to Canada’s east, where the oil would feed refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick provinces, and from where it may be exported to markets in Europe and elsewhere.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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