Watching Government: In Alberta, they're talking

To better appreciate what's going on at Alberta's oil sands, it's necessary to actually go there. This columnist did exactly that when he joined several other Canadian and US journalists in Edmonton and Fort McMurray Nov. 4-5 as guests of the Alberta and Canadian governments. It quickly became apparent that oil sands developers, the province's government, and the leading nongovernmental organization there expect to see the resource developed, but want to make sure it's done right. They don't necessarily agree on how, but at least they're talking. "There is consensus now that environmental impacts are unacceptable, but projects keep being approved," said Simon Dyer, policy direct...

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