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New Policy Step in Wrong Direction

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Issues – New ERCB directive on toxic tailings is a huge step in the wrong direction

RICARDO ACUÑA / ualberta.ca/parkland

The Alberta Government, along with their friends in the oil industry, have recently embarked on a major campaign to educate Canadians and Americans about the fact that extraction of oil from Northern Alberta’s bituminous sands is actually an environmentally friendly and ecologically sound process.
This is no easy task. Especially given that the science, statistics and pictures reflecting what is happening in Northern Alberta tend to speak for themselves. From Syncrude’s dead ducks to tailings leaks into the Athabasca River to aerial pictures of the area, the giant tailings lakes attached to these operations have, of late, become one of the most visible manifestations of all that is wrong with bituminous sands projects and a political hot potato for both government and industry in terms of their “education” campaigns.
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Greenpeace mocks province on travel website

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

By MICHELLE THOMPSON, Sun Media

Greenpeace has launched a scathing travel website vilifying the province for new “tourist attractions” created by tarsands.

Toxic lakes, cleared forests and black sand beaches are among the sites visitors can expect to find in Wild Rose Country, charges TravellingAlberta.com, which went live today.

The site – which includes facetious weather info and vacation ideas – was meant as a light-hearted attempt at publicizing environmental damage caused by industry, said a Greenpeace leader.

“It’s sort of a tongue-and-cheek way of getting the information out there,” said Mike Hudema, a tarsands campaigner.

But the reality of the issue is no joke, he said, citing streams and forests destructed by Alberta’s oilsands.

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