June 11-13, 2013 | Alberta, Canada
SLC Energy & Environment Committee Delegation

Alberta Oil Sands


Delegation to Alberta Oil Sands

Attending SLC Members: SLC Energy and Environment Vice Chair Representative Bill Sandifer; Representative Rafael Anchia, Texas; Senator Terry Burton, Mississippi; Representative Doug Funderburk, Missouri; Representative Poncho Nevarez, Texas; Representative Lynn Smith, Georgia; Representative Weldon Watson, Oklahoma; and Senator Eddie Joe Williams, Arkansas.

On June 11-13, 2013, a delegation of eight SLC Energy & Environment Committee members attended a program on oil sands development, in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta, coordinated by the SLC, the Albertan government, and the Offices of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta and Dallas. At some 176 billion barrels of proven reserves, the oil sands are one of the largest and most important energy resources in the world. The study tour highlighted the regulatory framework and cutting-edge technologies that are both in place and under development. The visit included tours of both mining and in situ projects operated by Suncor and Devon Energy, respectively, as well as oil sands reclamation sites.

The program also included discussions with Canadian government and industry officials, including presentations by the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation and the Alberta Energy Regulator. Discussions revolved around Canadian-U.S. energy relations; economy and job creation; Keystone XL pipeline; environmental protection; and advances in energy technology. The visit concluded with a tour and program at CanmetENERGY, an oil sands energy research and technology development project. The objective of the tour was to enable participants to broaden their awareness of the oil sands resource, its increasing contribution to North American energy security, and to see first-hand the steps being taken to meet the environmental challenges of this energy source.

Attending SLC Members: SLC Energy and Environment Vice Chair Representative Bill Sandifer; Representative Rafael Anchia, Texas; Senator Terry Burton, Mississippi; Representative Doug Funderburk, Missouri; Representative Poncho Nevarez, Texas; Representative Lynn Smith, Georgia; Representative Weldon Watson, Oklahoma; and Senator Eddie Joe Williams, Arkansas.