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Canada needs to address water pollution from tailings ponds

By Melody Lepine      

True accountability means the Canadian and Alberta governments working together and on a nation-to-nation basis with Alberta First Nations to, in part, conduct a systematic risk assessment of oil sands tailings ponds and develop and implement an action plan to meet all of UNESCO’s recommendations.

The oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta. The Hill Times file photo
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FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.—It was extremely disappointing to read the Government of Canada’s response, earlier this month, to accusations that it was sitting idly by while oil sands tailings ponds were leaking contaminants into rivers and lakes in northern Alberta. High concentrations of toxins have been detected in groundwater and surface water. But the government argued in its response that it could not prosecute oil companies under the Fisheries Act because it could not establish with certainty that the

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