The Alberta government and industry appear to have won over a group of European Union politicians, who left the province Wednesday saying they plan to push a positive view of the oilsands in debates over new fuel-quality legislation.
Delegation chairman Philip Bradbourn of the United Kingdom said a tour of oilsands sites his group received was surprising and impressive enough to counter some negative perceptions about the operations.
"I think we were all satisfied that everything is being done that can be done to mitigate against any damage," he told reporters Wednesday. "What we thought we would see was not the reality. We came with a pre-conceived idea that maybe we would be looking at some sort of disaster area, and actually we weren't."
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Victoria, BC Nov 02, 2010
Today’s cabinet decision to protect Fish Lake from a controversial open-pit mine is a crucial step to shoring up public confidence in the federal environmental assessment process, Sierra Club BC Executive Director George Heyman said today.
“This is the only decision that the federal cabinet could make without leaving the Canadian environmental assessment process meaningless and without credibility,” said Heyman. “Now we must close the legislative loophole that allows destruction of Canada’s freshwater bodies for toxic mine tailings, and ensure the intent of our Fisheries Act is no longer undermined.”... Read more »
One day before Halloween, environmentalists dressed up in their ghoulish best for a serious cause – they wore costumes of dead waterfowl to show their distain over the latest tailings pond tragedy in northern Alberta.
About two dozen demonstrators outfitted as zombie ducks headed to Old Strathcona's Gazebo Park on Saturday afternoon, saying they intend to make sure the world knows what happened at Syncrude's Mildred Lake Settling Basin earlier this week.
At around 10 p.m. Monday, birds landed on the tailings pond site just north of Fort McMurray. Industry officials say since that time at least 350 of them have been euthanized – a death toll that could continue to climb.
The incident happened just four days after the oil giant was handed a $3 million fine for a similar tragedy that happened two-and-a-half years ago, when 1600 ducks died on one of its sites.... Read more »
Saturday September 30, 2010 (Edmonton) - On Saturday, October 30 at 11:00, a rally will be held to highlight the people of Alberta’s growing concern over the tar sands toxic tailings ponds accountability at the governmental level. This rally will demand a moratorium be placed on new approvals for tailings ponds, including the proposed TOTAL North Joclyn Mine Project, and the immediate phase out and cleanup of existing toxic tailings ponds.
Who: Sierra Club Prairie, Greenpeace, Guest Speakers, and members of the public.
What: Rally with Several Guest Speakers, Music, all with a Zombie Halloween Theme
When: Saturday September 30 2010, 11:00
Where: Wilbert McIntyre Park 104 St & 83 Ave (Across from Strathcona Farmer's Market) Edmonton, Alberta
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TELL THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION!
USE YOUR VOICE TO:
Call on the Albertan Government for an immediate moratorium on approval of new toxic tailing ponds in the province of Alberta!
Call on the Albertan Government to enforce shutting down and cleaning up of existing toxic tailing ponds!
Already a raise of blood cancers in Fort Saskatchewan and 30% cancer rate in Fort Chipewyan
High levels of arsenic, mercury and PAHs (High Priority Pollutants) in fish, which has been the main diet of many people in Fort Chipewyan and settlers downstream of the development.
If the Albertan Government just sits and watches innocent animals die, who says they have our interests and lives in mind?
11:00 AM Saturday October 30, 2010
"Wilbert McIntyre Park ( Across from the Strathcona Farmers Market (104 St and 83 Ave))"
Come Howl and Yell and Show the Albertan Government, ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!!
Dress up, bundle up and come Howl on the eve of Halloween !!!
Rachel Notley, M.L.A. Edmonton Strathcona
Duane Good Striker, Wildlife Biologist, Aritist
Dustin Johnson, Sierra Club Prairie
More to be added as confirmations come in.
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