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LETHBRIDGE - The provincial NDP supports Lethbridge City Councils position that oil and gas drilling activities should not take place within city limits.

 

Leader Brian Mason is also calling on local MLA's Greg Weadick and Bridget Pastoor to make their position clear.

 

Mason believes the regulatory framework for these decisions needs to be reviewed. He says "one of the things about Alberta that I learned very quickly is that oil and gas is supreme and the ERCB (Energy Resources Conservation Board) is more interested in promoting the development of oil and gas than in protecting property rights or protecting the health of individuals and that's pretty standard, and that's why I think it's important that the local MLA's should take a stand here and they should stand up for Lethbridge."

 

Continuing with the ERCB, Mason adds "they appoint regulators to the senior positions that come from the industry and it's a very incestuous relationship in the first place, so we have seen the interest of the oil and gas industry trump other interests in the province on a regular basis."

 

The NDP also released documents on Friday showing that the company, GoldenKey, appears to want to begin its projects in west Lethbridge by March of next year.



Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4/20/2014 1:07:42 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
 
 
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