Public concerns about toxic tar-sand and volatile Bakken oil have escalated with recent railway accidents and pipeline leaks and fires. The horrendous death of fourty-seven people going about their daily lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec has scorched the dangers of oil transportation onto the Canadian soul. Since then there have been other oil-by-rail accidents at Sexsmith and Gainford, Alberta; Plaster Rock, New Brunswick and Landis, Saskatchewan.
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A workshop on “Saskatchewan Oil Impacts” was held in Regina January 24-25, 2014. It was organized by oil industry researchers Emily Eaton, geography professor from Regina and political science professor Angela Carter from Waterloo. It was attended by over 50 people from nearly twenty organizations across the province. Those attending ranged from indigenous and naturalist to surface rights and ecumenical groups.
In 2012, the northern village of Pinehouse, SK signed a deal with two uranium companies worth $200-million
what was in the deal? The Provincial Privacy Commissioner says the village must turn over the information but Mayor Natomagan has refused to release documentation requested under the Act.
Briarpatch magazine, doing an investigative report on the agreement asked to see more public documents about the village's role in that deal....but the mayor refused. Global News story aired on January 28, 2014
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