Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. When it comes to health and safety, corner-cutting “happens more than people think,” he explained in an interview from Edmonton. “I was instructed to rewrite the report and include that I was packed up,” Linnitt wrote to the human resources staffer. The Project would include a central processing facility (CPF), well pads, source water and disposal well sites, pipelines, roads and power lines. There's a support group for that, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. “I’ve looked at the documents,” he said, referring to Linnitt’s sour gas encounter in 2016. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Once an incident has taken place, it’s hard to go back in hindsight and retrieve incriminating records without raising any red flags within the company. Kyle Bakx is a Calgary-based journalist with CBC's network business unit. The tacit threat, he alleges, was handed down by his supervisor at Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) after a close call with hydrogen sulfide on a northwestern Alberta well site on May 2, 2016. The review took 61 weeks. The Fort McKay Métis community says it is being frozen out of the benefits of an oilsands project because it insisted on consultations over the environmental impact of the development. confirms that Linnitt’s supervisor knew the air packs weren’t on site that day. Comments are welcome while open. This includes one. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. agreed to have his name printed in this article. The remaining 80 per cent of pollution is created in cars and trucks when the fuel is burned. While there is no timeline to reach the goal, Laut called it "doable. On July 12, 2016 — more than two months after his brush with sour gas in Karr Creek — Linnitt raised a variety of health and safety concerns with the human resources department at CNRL. "In our base case, we assume modest improvement in total oilsands emissions intensity of roughly 1.5 per cent per year through 2030 compared to average improvements of 4.5 per cent since 2013," the report said. When it comes to energy companies’ disregard for the health and safety of the layman worker, a third source — an Alberta resident who has worked in the industry for more than a decade — largely agreed. Since 2017, at least five have been killed on the job at sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Alberta, the regulator also notes that proper reporting is a “pillar” of the law, prompting it to consider prosecutions if false reporting is discovered. did not respond to multiple emailed requests for comment on this story. Without cell service, Linnitt ran far away from the fumes and stayed away until his air monitor told him the sour gas levels no longer posed a threat. Of the total emissions produced from a barrel of oil, about 20 per cent of it comes from pulling the oil out of the ground, refining it into gas and diesel and transporting the product. The May 2016 audio recording, shared with National Observer and Global News, confirms that Linnitt’s supervisor knew the air packs weren’t on site that day. “Every investigation considers the potential for false information.”. At the time, Linnitt was not an employee of CNRL, but a pilot for a helicopter company that CNRL had contracted to operate portions of its oil and gas fields. The Alberta-based whistleblower, who now works in maintenance, said he hasn’t personally falsified a form or seen anyone else do it, but once omitted a crucial fact in a witness report about an incident resulting in egregious injury to avoid being fired for calling out a supervisor by name. Looking back, he said he wishes he had named the supervisor in the report at the time, but declined to name him in the interview, because “if I do I’ll probably be blacklisted and never work in the oilsands again.”, READ MORE: No fines.
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