"Canada Chops Environmental Reviews, Fires Scientists, Responders"

"OTTAWA -- Conservation advocates across Canada are warning today that more environmentally-destructive development will be approved now that the Conservative Harper Government has slashed environmental reviews. In the next 10 years, more than 500 projects representing over C$500 billion in new investments are proposed across Canada."

"The plan for 'responsible resource development' was announced today by Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver at Automatic Coating Ltd. in Toronto, which produces high-performance liquids and powder coating used on oil and gas pipelines. ...

The plan has the support Canadian business and labor leaders, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and Canadian manufacturers and exporters.
NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Photo courtesy Open Parliament)

But the New Democrats, Canada's official opposition party, blasted the policy, saying that it 'jeopardizes not only the environment, but also the health and prosperity of Canadians.'"

Environment News Service had the story April 17, 2012.

Source: ENS, 04/18/2012