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Shell exec has oilsands right

A clear example of what could be done right now is to address the plight of woodland caribou in the oilsands area, which are headed for extinction within 40 years unless a good portion of their habitat is protected and restored

Edmonton Journal: March 29, 2010 2:13 AM

How encouraging to have a former industry CEO, Clive Mather of Shell, speak so clearly the reality of the oilsands development and the need to actually improve performance rather than just the need to improve the messaging.

There is certainly much to improve and being honest about that, and then taking action to show the world Alberta can and will change is the only way to climb out of the tarry pit Alberta is in.

A clear example of what could be done right now is to address the plight of woodland caribou in the oilsands area, which are headed for extinction within 40 years unless a good portion of their habitat is protected and restored.

If government and industry do not take immediate action to do this relatively easy step, no one will believe anything they say about improving things that are going to take longer such as eliminating the tailings ponds, improving air emissions, carbon capture and storage and many, many, others. This is a long challenging climb — the sooner we start the better for both the environment, and our image.

Helene Walsh, Boreal Campaign di rector, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, northern Alberta Chapter, Edmonton

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