The Alberta government has barred the Oilsands Environmental Coalition from hearings on a proposed new oilsands development by Southern Pacific Resource Corp., even after a similar decision last fall was overturned by a judge.
Conservationists say the decision only makes clearer the Alberta government's tendency to shut down public dialogue on resource development. “The government hasn't learned its lesson from last time,” said Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute, one of the groups in the coalition.
Dyer said the coalition will be appealing the second ruling, reports the Canadian Press.
Alberta Environment first denied the coalition standing to participate in hearings about a development on the MacKay River in northern Alberta in 2012, which would expand an existing steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project. The expansion would result in the extraction of an additional 24,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen.
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