Friday, May 2, 2008

"Alberta the underdog in oilsands PR battle: Stelmach"

"EDMONTON - Premier Ed Stelmach says the Alberta government is playing David to a big green Goliath in a rapidly intensifying argument over the oilsands.

He justified the province's new $25-million image campaign today as environmental groups got a fresh reason to decry the rapid pace of oilsands development and lax government regulation: hundreds of migrating ducks in danger of dying after landing in a toxic pond at a Syncrude mine site.

Officials have only been able to rescue three ducks so far, Environment Minister Rob Renner said. Many of the sludge-soaked birds have tried diving into the tailings pond to clean themselves, to detrimental effect."

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