In the spring session of the Legislature, I’ve been asking many questions on various issues regarding the slow pace of oil sands reclamation. The integrity of our groundwater system is a major concern to Albertans. The scope and pace of the development poses risks not only the environment but also human health.
The Official Opposition obtained documents proving that there had been groundwater contamination, effluent discharges and oil and grease released into the Athabasca River over the past 30 years, despite government assurances to the contrary.
Environment Minister Rob Renner, on the other hand, dismissed this recent research that proves the oil sands have been leaking millions of litres of toxins into groundwater daily.
This Thursday, I’ll be hosting a Town Hall Meeting about Oil Sands Reclamation. It’s a chance for everyone to better understand the issues, and I hope you’ll be able to join us. (see event information below)
Town Hall Meeting
Alberta’s Oil Sands Reclamation: Why so little so late?
Thursday, June 19, 2008 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
West Hillhurst Community Centre
1940- 6 Ave NW Calgary AB T2N 0W3
As Calgarians, do we fully understand the reality of what’s going on in Alberta’s north?
In May this year, The Pembina Institute released a comprehensive new report that showed â€œafter 41 years of oil sands mining operations in northern Alberta , only 0.2% or one square kilometer of disturbed land is certified as reclaimed.â€
Jennifer Grant , a policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, will give an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations for sustainable energy solutions for Alberta ‘s future.
Andrew Nikiforuk , award-winning Canadian journalist and author, has written extensively about education, economics and the environment for the past two decades. He is currently researching a new book about Alberta ‘s oil sands.
David Lavallee is a documentary film-maker, currently completing â€œLiquid Truthâ€. This documentary film tells the story of a pair of concerned citizens who follow a hypothetical drop of water from the “water summit” of North America down the Athabasca River to see what kinds of pressures industry and society put on it. David will frame the evening’s discussion by screening a short clip of his yet-to-be-released film.
Moderated by David Swann , MLA â€“ Calgary Mountain View , the evening is intended to generate meaningful dialogue about Alberta’s oil sands.
For more information, call 216-5445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org