Tanker truck at a Canadian petroleum facility. No theft here. Tanker truck at a Canadian petroleum facility. No theft here.

Fuel theft in Canada: there simply isn’t any

'Just the occasional gasoline thefts from convenience stores'

About three million barrels of oil a day move through the pipelines of the world’s sixth largest producer of oil. But thanks to a complex and secure distribution system, not a single liter of Canadian petroleum products is stolen.


A senior official at the Canadian Fuels Association told the Mexican news agency Notimex that the country’s pipeline network is equipped with sophisticated security systems that include a network of surveillance cameras.

Rob Hoffman also explained that the volume of oil passing through the pipelines is monitored constantly. Another measure that discourages theft is the depth at which the pipelines are buried — two meters.

“As far as I know, we have no records of theft in oil pipelines or refineries, other than the occasional gasoline thefts from convenience stores.”

The key to guarantee that level of security in the transportation and distribution of oil and its byproducts, said Hoffman, is to establish consistent operational practices and to have a good surveillance system.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr confirmed that there have been no large-scale fuel thefts recorded in Canada.

The country’s petroleum output last year was 3.8 million barrels a day. Mexico’s current output is just over 2 million barrels a day.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • mikegre

    Different culture. Different IQ.

  • Jack Inmanz

    Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Era guera

    Tis all the Mexican government, just another way to siphon huge funds to corrupt officials, and of course, steal from the population- but hey, since the Trumps and Republicans are so blatantly corrupt, and just like the Mexican government officials, are voted into power by the ignorant and poor who always lose the most ( and the very rich and greedy who gain the most) then we just have to live with it. Unless, of course, one can move to Canada…

  • WestCoastHwy

    Geographically, totally different places and populated by humans of different ethnicity. The Spanish were all over the great Northwest and Canada but the evergreens and cold climate was not appreciated including the aboriginal population’s culture. I loved my study of America’s history that basically displayed the fact that as you go south, life becomes easier to survive which developed into the California Rule: “screw your buddy true and blue, screw your buddy before he screws you!” or the Mason-Dixon Line were they just lynch you. But as you cross into Mexico, well, just combine the two.

    • John P

      Spain didn’t just kick the tires in British Columbia, and sail away disinterested, as you suggest. They were forced to relinquish their claim to territory under threat of war with Britain, in the “Nootka Sound Controversy. (1789-94)” Spain was very interested, but backed down in showdown with Britain over territory in present day British Columbia when its long-standing Bourbon ally, France, would not join them to take on Britain due the problems France had on the home front — the French Revolution.
      And contrary to your claim that the Spanish didn’t think much of the aboriginal population they encountered, Historica Canada has this to say:
      “The Spaniards were impressed by the civilization of NW Coast Indians. Their maritime, artistic, commercial, architectural and military capabilities had not been anticipated by Spanish observers familiar with northern Mexico and California.”

      • WestCoastHwy

        The Spanish, French, and British were constantly at war during that time including Pirates, which also included the Russians, and early American Colonies that included immigrants from those countries. the Spanish could not find the “Golden City” so they left……end of story! As for the natives, well, if you call that a civilization your fooling yourself, there wasn’t any. The only thing of interest was the system of Potlatch. It was a Non-Western Culture lacking any civilized formation. That was the special part of it, the hundreds of different Languages and Traditional Cultures but no Civilization.

    • Mike S

      The whole US society is based on theft…its just more sophisticated. How else can you explain how the top one tenth of one percent control more wealth than the bottom 90%? Those billionaires are very good at protecting and securing what they control. The US now has a NYC white collar real estate crime family in the White House who violates the Emolument clause of the Constitution daily.


      The Conquistadors came to Mx and pillaged. The Spanish and other European settlers followed and pillaged.. The Catholic Church showed up and pillaged. Would you expect a different result? As the Mexican middle class and education and new job opportunities arise, Mexico with become less corrupt and forge an identity.

      • WestCoastHwy

        That’s right, the US and Canada are Educated advanced cultures and their Institutional Systems are working as planned. As for Mexicans becoming less corrupt, please don’t hold your breath. Mexico is a Corrupt Nation by Nature.

        • Mike S

          Your relentless hatred of everything Mexican makes you unable to comment objectively. Mexico has its problems but so does the US. The US is responsible for many of Mexico’s problems with the cartels. Yes the US is a First World industrialized country; there are 35 of them and US ranks 17th by many surveys. Poorer countries will always have some migration to wealthier ones. Most undocumented Mexicans I have known come to work hard for the decent wages but much prefer living back “home” and most eventually return. Mexico is a poorer country – ranked somewhere around 50 out of a 190 countries. There are many other factors besides money that effect quality of life and Mexico always ranks higher than the US on so called “quality of life” and “happiness” surveys. Mexico is progressing and Norte Americanos should encourage that instead of insulting a whole people. By the way, 40 million Americans trace some ancestry to Hispanic roots. Lighten up and take your anger out on ISIS.

          • WestCoastHwy

            “The US is responsible for many of Mexico’s problems with the cartels”, total nonsense, if you are going to reply to my comments at least have the decency not to make ignorant statements.

          • Mike S

            Let me explain economics 101 to you. Nothing happens in the business world until there is a sale. Narcotics is a business. If there is a demand and users are willing to pay any price to feed their addictions, there WILL be a supply. This is especially true when a wealthy country has a 2000 mile border with a poorer country that has cheap labor and the right climate for growing poppies. Americans pay $40 billion a year for illegal drugs produced or moved through Mx. The result after 20 years of this are organized crime cartels in Mexico. Stick you head in the sand if you want but that is the reality. Sadly, once organized crime gets established, it’s hard to extinguish and it moves into other areas. We had the same problem here starting back in the 30s with several mafias that took 2 generations to get under control.
            The solution is long-term cooperation between both countries and mandatory education starting in Jr high school about the negative physical and mental effects of hard drug addiction. Rehabilitation can help those already hooked. Incarceration for small time users makes the problem worse.

  • tito

    Our family business in Canada had bulk fuel stolen several times by the driver of the supplier. And Shell Canadanever paid for the gasoline he stole. They caught him red handed and our business lost the product. The best hose artists in the world are all from Big Oil!

  • J. M. Davis

    The real problem is that Pemex is moving finished product (gasoline) through the pipes ready to sell. The US and Canada mostly move oil that has to be refined and slowly floes out a tap unlike gasoline. That crude is NOT ready to sale.