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CONTRIBUTION · 25th March 2013
David Schreck
David Black Plays His Staff For Fools
Compare the numbers behind Alberta's NWR, where $1 billion has already been spent on the project and environmental permits have been obtained, with Black's Kitimat Clean where a few news events have been staged. With NWR, after working since 2004, at a cost of $5.6 billion, 50,000 barrels a day will be processed by 2016. Black claims his refinery will cost $13 billion and process 550,000 barrels a day. Capital cost per barrel/day for NWR is $112,000; Black claims he can do the job for just $23,600. Something is wildly out of whack! It is true that labour costs are higher in Alberta and transportation costs to get machinery to Edmonton are higher, but that isn't enough to account for a five-fold difference in costs. No wonder Navigant's report is so qualified that it basically says don't believe what you read here.

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Newspaper publisher David Black will stage more events with respect to his proposed refinery before the May 14th election. We can all wish him well, but serious journalists should contact NWRís chair Ian MacGregor as well as Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes and ask why the folks in Alberta aren't as clever as David Black so as to build their refinery in less time and at 20% of the per daily production barrel cost.

The Liberals wonder why they have issues with respect to their credibility, yet they commissioned a report to play politics with David Black's proposed Kitimat refinery, Kitimat Clean, which includes a notice basically saying you can't believe, trust or rely on anything in the report. It will be after the election when Public Accounts are released before anyone will learn how much taxpayers paid for what amounts to another piece of Liberal election propaganda.

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