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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Aboriginal Leaders Call for U.S. to Stop Oil Pipeline

Aboriginal leaders Francois Paulette and George Poitras  met with U.S. officials to call on the Americans not to approve the proposed TransCanada Corp. Keystone XL pipeline that would ship oil from the oilsands into the U.S.
Paulette and Poitras met with representatives from the U.S. State Department, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Department of the Interior. The aboriginal leaders delivered the message that fuel made from Alberta's oilsands
is "dirty" , and contributing to climate change and pollution which is hurting people, animals, birds and fish.
During their  presentation, the two aboriginal leaders found decision-makers in Washington, D.C., are unaware but receptive to arguments about the environmental impact of oilsands development. Although U.S. officials made no commitments, the American leaders are considering an invitation to visit aboriginal communities near the oilsands.
Paulette is with the Smith's Landing Treaty 8 First Nation in the Northwest Territories and Poitras is the former chief of the Mikisew Cree in Alberta.
Read more:
Background Info:Alberta Oilsands Inc. - Financial and Strategic Analysis ReviewEnvironmental groups target Alberta oilsands; Premier goes to Washington to wage P.R. battle.(Business): An article from: Winnipeg Free Press

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