Oil Sand Giant Syncrude Goes Into Hiding

Thu, 2007-05-03 07:03Richard Littlemore
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Oil Sand Giant Syncrude Goes Into Hiding

As reported in the Globe and Mail today, the oil sands giant Syncrude has censored a series of photos taken by 85-year-old U.S. energy conservation activist Liz Moore - a PR bungle of the first order.

Moore launched an informational website after a tour of Syncrude's Fort McMurray operations. Along with some straight-up statistics, none of which seem incorrect or even overly critical, Moore included some garden-variety photos: big trucks, oily sand, bison grazing on reclaimed land - the kind of photos you can find on Syncrude's own website, here.

Syncrude gave her a SLAPP, calling the pictures proprietary and demanding that she take them down off her site.

This was uncharacteristically clumsy for an organization that is usually careful about the face it presents to the public. The worst thing you could say about Moore's presentation is that it's a little boring. Left alone, it may or may not have found a small internet readership. Now Syncrude has guaranteed it an audience - and left us all wondering what the company has to hide.

Bad form, folks.

But now that you bring it up, what do you have to hide?

Comments

i live and work at syncrude, in mildred lake village. u want photos or info, reply. and yeah, they are killing the planet as fast as they can

Hi there

I'd love to see some photos of the Mildred Lake camp. I'm right in the middle of researching a workplace resort that will blow the socks off anyone that has ever seen or lived in a work camp.

First of all, it will be the most ECO-Friendly hotel in the world. My goal is "zero energy"; we'll re-cycle our water, gasify our solid wastes, heat and cool with geothermal and will drastically cut down (by maybe 75%) the greenhouse gas emissions.

Secondly - these facilities will be extremely comfortable. Luxurious compared with the stuff I've seen in even some of the nicer camps.

We're going to open this first project up so that guys can invest their RRSP's into the facility, and earn a very substantial return (12 to 18%)... and when the construction is done, they'll get their RRSP money back, but will still continue getting a share of the profits... for ever. Then, if they want, they can put their RRSP into our second project; when that's done, they'll get their money back again, and will still own a piece of that resort.

After they've partnered with us on 3 or 4 of these resorts, they will probably be able to retire... depending on how much RRSP's they have.

If you send me some information and photos of your camp I'll send keep you updated as to our progress on this first ECO-Dome Resort...

And - if you pass this information on, you'll get finder's fees if your contacts invest their RRSP's in the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Toby Neuendorf, CMA
ECO-Dome Resorts Canada
email: toby@ecodome.ca
Cell: (780) 362-1247