Caribou - Endangered
28 January 2011 (EDMONTON)— Environmental groups will give the Alberta government a giant “world class” award tomorrow to highlight the growing chasm between what this government says and what it does.
The delivery comes one day after the provincial and federal governments approved a new open-pit tar sands mine, a move that environmental groups say shows just how deceitful government claims to improve the broken regulatory and monitoring process really are.
The approval of the mine came just minutes after the announcement of a provincial committee to provide recommendations for a “world class” monitoring system in the tar sands region. The committee has been criticized for its contingent of representatives with strong ties to the oil industry. The award will be presented to the premier on the front steps of the legislature.
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Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about the approval of Total's Joslyn Mine.
"Merely minutes after celebrating the creation of an oil dominated advisory panel the Provincial government fell further from their 'world class' ideals and signed off on another toxic tar sands mine under an admittedly broken system. The Joslyn North mine puts downstream communities at risk for further treaty rights violations, further health problems, and further environmental damage. It's time this government learns to subtract from their problems rather than continuing to add to them, because disappointingly the only thing 'world class' coming out of this government is deception."
For further comment call Sheila at 780-660-0312
"It is frustrating to see the environment minister promise Albertan's a 'world class' monitoring system for future environmental stewardship and yet stack their advisory committee with the interests of big oil. Albertan's should be outraged by the appointment of Industry interests such as TransCanada Corporation, Tailsman Energy and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on this committee and yet once again we see the marginalization of local people and Indigenous knowledge holders. Environmental monitoring is supposed to protect the environment, not the oil companies."
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Dustin Johnson - 587.588.5890
Legislation that the Sierra Club and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society called "the worst conservation legislation to come forward anywhere in Canada in a decade" is headed back to the Alberta legislature this spring.
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