Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta's oilsands aren't going anywhere any time soon. Notley posted a video message Friday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taken to task for talking about eventually phasing out the oilsands.
A treaty signed by more than 50 aboriginal groups who oppose oilsands project and pipeline developments is based on misinformation, says a northern Alberta chief whose First Nation does extensive business with oilsands companies.
The approval Thursday of three new oilsands projects in Alberta was greeted with relief by proponents and disappointment by an environmentalist, although all agreed low oil prices make building any of them unlikely in the near term.
Five years after Alberta raised a record-setting $3.5 billion at auctions of provincially owned oil and gas drilling rights, sales are on pace this year to set a historic low, part of a downward trend seen across Western Canada.