Oil sands alliance forms to build on environmental gains

The oil sands industry of Canada has taken an important step toward refuting the "dirty oil" claims of environmental activism. Twelve producers of bitumen and heavy oil have formed Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) to promote collaboration in service to environmental performance. The group shows healthy appreciation for practicality in a press-release statement about "breaking down barriers in the areas of funding, intellectual property enforcement, and human resources." In the practical world, companies tend to want to keep their best ideas and methods to themselves. But environmental responsibility demands the application by everyone of the best ideas an...

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