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Fatal Tragedy at Suncor

The Oilsands are butt up against the wild nature of the boreal forest. Tailings ponds sit next to rivers teeming with fish. Deer and moose are often seen near camps and SAGD wells. Aside from Fort Chipewyan 300 KM away, and a couple sporadic camps, nature reigns north of the 'Bridge to Nowhere', part of Fort Chipewyan's ice road infrastructure.
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Forgetting Damning Court Decision, Alberta Bans Same Green Groups from Oilsands Hearings Again

Echoing the same view that the judge found to be ”fatally flawed” and hinging on ”irrelevant and improper reasons” – which barred the groups from the hearing based on an impression that they would be uncooperative, had previously published negative media on the oilsands and were not ”directly” impacted by the project – Alberta Environment official Kevin Wilkinson once again denied them access to the review process.
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Oh No You Didn't! The Feds and Territorial government smacks down Imperial Oil after it refuses to provide a security deposit for cleanup. I wonder what kinds of muscles this newly devolved government is going to flex in the upcoming months?
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Outgoing National Energy Board chairman Gaétan Caron feels that the environment should be left out of consideration when the NEB is approving pipelines. Policy makers and politicians should instead direct the NEB from above. Here's hoping that Caron will champion Canada's need for a national energy policy that includes strong environmental protection once he steps down from public life. Otherwise Caron is a really cynical comedian.
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