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Metis denied voice at upgrader hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

No intervenor status for Metis at upgrader hearing
Robin Collum
edmontonjournal.com
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada's tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.
CREDIT: Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal
The room was packed as people stood into the hallway at the first day of the hearing for Petro Canada’s tar sands upgrader northeast of Edmonton.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – More than 100 residents and activists attended the first day of hearings on a proposed Petro-Canada upgrader plant northeast of Edmonton.

The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board  is analyzing whether to give the go-ahead to Petro-Canada’s Fort Hill Oilsands Project, an upgrader that would be built in the area dubbed Upgrader Alley.

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Feds and Province Fail to Protect

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

Harper and Stelmach Stall on Safe Water for Canada’s First Nations

    Alberta calls on Federal and Provincial governments to make water a
    priority

    EDMONTON, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - From time immemorial, First Nations have
centered their existence on water. Unfortunately for all Canadians, care and
protection of our water has been left in the hands of governments that value
profits over people. We are currently at a crisis level with this resource,
and the First Nations community is being hit the hardest by this crisis. In
communities across Canada, safe potable water is something people have been
unable to depend upon.
    "It is deplorable," said CUPE Aboriginal Committee Chair Gloria Lepine.
"In the year 2008, there is no excuse for the fact that at least 85 First
Nation water systems are in high risk, and that there are close to 100 boil
water advisories in various communities."
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Energy battles boiling over

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Energy battles boiling over
Industry faces public conflict across Alberta
Richard Cuthbertson and Dan Healing, with files from Renata
Calgary Herald
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Native elder Taz McGillis of Edmonton takes part in a protest Monday at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers symposium at Calgary's Hyatt Regency hotel.
CREDIT: Ted Jacob, Calgary Herald
Native elder Taz McGillis of Edmonton takes part in a protest Monday at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers symposium at Calgary’s Hyatt Regency hotel.

A Wall Street analyst attending Calgary’s prominent energy investment forum found himself in the eye of a growing environmental storm battering Alberta’s oilsands — one of several clashes centred on the energy sector Monday.

About 50 people gathered outside the Hyatt Regency to protest the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers investment conference, an annual event that draws hundreds of oil executives and well-heeled corporate clientele from around the globe.

Ross Levin, a New York hedge fund analyst, decided to find out what the fuss was about, but when Greenpeace spokesperson Mike Hudema offered him a bottle of muddy Lake Athabasca water to drink — the main source of water for the booming oilsands — he declined.

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