David Schindler and 7 other prominent scientists have come together to call bullshit on Boothe's report and minister Phillip's decision. While Boothe called it a 'failed three year experiment,' the scientists helpfully point out that it inherited a hoarder's level of baggage from former versions of the program and it was unfair to hold them responsible for this, as they hadn't adequate time to clean the mess.
Today the Auditor General of Manitoba, Merwan Saher, blasted the provincial government for not requiring oilsands companies to cough up enough cash in advance in order to clean up and remediate affected landscapes once the last batch of crude has been shipped out.
Ken Hudson, President of the Fort Smith Métis Local, remembers the Obed coal mine spill that rocked communities along the Athabasca and Slave Rivers. Now that another tailings pond has breached just nine months later, he wonders what, if anything, has changed.