Pollution is from oil sands

Editor: Re: Environmentalism for dummies published in the Lakes District News edition of April 18, 2012

Editor:

Re: Environmentalism for dummies published in the Lakes District News edition of April 18, 2012.

Tom Fletcher writes: “Diseased fish were displayed, but natural contamination of the Athabasca River was glossed over.”

Fletcher is pushing an argument that was proven wrong in 2010. Several years ago, people downstream from the oil-sands plants complained of diseased fish.

They also complained of increased cancer rates. People were dying from rare forms of cancer.

They blamed both items on pollutants that were put into in the Athabasca River by the oil sands plants.

The oil companies claimed that the pollutants in the river were naturally occurring.

The governments of Canada and Alberta supported the companies.

In 2010, a study by David Schindler and others proved that the pollution is indeed caused by the oil sands industry.

At first both governments denied it. But the study was well-funded, well done and produced results that could stand up in court.

Both governments conceded that Schindler was correct.

Why was it necessary for private groups to fund that study?

Why was the government so quick to side with the companies, when no such study had been done?

What have they done to alleviate the situation?

Bill McConnell

Surrey