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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Western Canada contains one of the richest oil and natural gas desposits in the world. The above graphic is used on the CAPP website to illustrate the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin which contains hydrocarbons.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the consolidated organization of companies that discover, develop and produce Canada's petroleum and natural gas resources. CAPP represents 140 member companies who are involved in approximately 97 percent of Canada's natural gas, crude oil, oil sands and elemental sulphur. The industry CAPP represents is worth approximately $65 billion CDN per year and is a major component of the Canadian economy.

CAPP plays an active role in sponsoring research directed at improving the oil industry's environment, health and safety performances. Projects sponsored by the CAPP have contributed to these areas by reducing emissions, implementing narrower drilling sites to reduce environmental impact, reclaiming lands and understanding the oil industry’s impact on animals, such as caribou and grizzly bears.

Since 1970, the CAPP has been involved in various studies including

  • Identification of cost-effective methods of controlling losses of natural gas from production facilities
  • Development of effective management practices for handling hydrocarbon-contaminated soils
  • Monitoring of the effects of oil exploration on Atlantic fisheries
  • Improvement of land reclamation at oil sands sites
  • Understanding the effects of sour gas on humans

Research conducted by the CAPP has helped to improve the efficiency of oil and natural gas production while reducing the effects these processes have on the environment.


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