In late March 2012, I was introduced to Mr. Macdonald Stainsby
I had been looking forward to meeting Mr. Stainsby
after having been informed of his
intent to visit Trinidad
is from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, but for the past 5 years or so, he
has been living in Alberta, home of the third largest oil reserve in the world, behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
You may be wondering why I'm telling you this, and if you read on, I'll attempt to explain in as simple a fashion as I can.
1. Why has Mr. Stainsby
three times in the past 3 years, despite having no family, or business concerns in T&T
As it turns out, Mr. Stainsby is an environmental activist whose main reason for being in Trinidad is to help raise public awareness on the issue of Tar Sand mining.
runs a website where you can read about Tar Sands in detail.
has been aware for some time now, (as I'm sure a few of you reading this are as well,) that the government of Trinidad & Tobago
is engaged in negotiations to open the Southwest corner of our island to this type of industry.
In an effort to remain objective I will try to present both sides of the coin to the reader in order that he/she can come to as informed an opinion as possible after reading this article.
After talking with Mr. Stainsby
, a number of things became clear to me, that had been confusing me for some time now.
Following yesterday's meeting with Mr. Stainsby
, another piece of the strategy seems to have fallen into place in my mind.
It makes perfect sense that in order for it to be possible for an industry such as this one to function in Trinidad
, it is essential that there are adequate infrastructure upgrades to ensure that no aspect of the process causes another to back-up, that includes the supply lines these businesses would use.
This Giant Loader Can Scoop About 100 Tons Per Bucket Load.
According to Mr. Stainsby, the government of Trinidad & Tobago began to really look into the feasibility of exploiting the tar sands in the La Brea area in about 2009 when Mr. Conrad Enil was the minister of energy under the previous PNM administration.
It was around this point that I had to interrupt Mr. Stainsby
as I began to wonder.
If Canada has the 2nd largest amount of tar sands of any country on Earth after Venezuela, with Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia and Nigeria each having fairly significant tar sand reserves- how much oil does Trinidad & Tobago stand to make if oil giants bring their tar sands bitumen extraction technology here?
The answer to this question can of course only be an estimate, because in cases like this, exact figures are impossible to calculate with so many unpredictable variables to consider.
explained that long standing estimates of bitumen reserves say that T&T stands to possibly more than double their proven reserves by commercially exploiting the tar sands at La Brea and surrounding areas.
informs me that it is currently estimated to be six centuries before the water at the surface of these 'ponds' can be skimmed off for re-introduction to the natural environment.