Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says a judge's finding that Alberta's Environment Department has been covertly working to silence oilsands critics reinforces widespread cynicism that the province's approval process for projects is rigged.
Alberta environmentalists argued in court Thursday that the provincial government is keeping them out of hearings on a proposed oilsands development at least partly because of their concerns about the industry.
Alberta's energy regulator has recommended approval of Shell Canada's plan to expand oilsands production even though it acknowledges the environmental impacts will likely be so severe and 'irreversible' that new protected areas should be created to compensate for the damage.
A British Columbia man has been charged after threats were made against an oilsands facility in northern Alberta. An investigation began Tuesday north of Fort McMurray after police received a tip on a 911 line, said RCMP Const. Christina Wilkins.