GREEN PARTY OF ALBERTA CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF OIL SANDS DEVELOPMENT

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March 25, 2019

GREEN PARTY OF ALBERTA CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF OIL SANDS DEVELOPMENT 

CALGARY – It’s time for the suspension of oil sands development until the impacts of existing and approved projects on the environment, infrastructure, and health are fully assessed. That’s according to this province’s Green Party.

Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and a Candidate in the riding of Calgary – Varsity, says “recognizing that climate change is a serious threat to humanity we need to actively contribute to the solution.”

Importantly, the Green Party of Alberta supports an orderly transition from dependence on fossil fuel to reliance on renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, and geo-thermal.

The Green Party leader says we need to take collective responsibility and directly deal with the situation. “To continue promoting expansion of oil sands extraction as the NDP and UCP advocate is to fly in the face of reality, resulting in committing Alberta’s future to what is obviously a sunset industry.”

While not advocating that existing projects be shut down, the Green Party calls for a suspension of approvals for any additional oil sands projects and asks that oil processing stays in the province, creating jobs and economic benefit right here in Alberta. Says Chagnon-Greyeyes, “Consistent with this, we oppose the construction of new export pipelines and the expansion of the Trans-mountain pipeline.”

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For more information, please contact:

Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes

Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and Nominated Candidate in Calgary-Varsity.

Phone: 403-875-4651

Email: leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca