Watching Government: Alberta premier's outlook

Alberta Premier Alison M. Redford wasted no time delivering her message on Mar. 7: Her government plans to more actively tell the oil sands story, especially when opponents charge that the province's environmental safeguards aren't anywhere near adequate. "It's important to rise above rhetoric and emotions and get the facts out," she told an audience at the US Energy Association. "Alberta is home to some of the strictest environmental regulations in the world." Redford noted that air quality around oil sands operations is monitored 365 days/year, withdrawals from the Athabasca River are limited to 3% of its flow (and usually come in around 1% because producers aggressi...

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