Oil­patch should re­place trees

Edmonton Journal - - OPINION -

Re. “North­ern Alberta com­pany plants 80,000 trees to help re­store cari­bou habi­tat,” June 11

Mon­day’s pa­per had an ar­ti­cle de­scrib­ing the re­plant­ing of trees, at the cost to the tax­payer, on seis­mic cut­lines in the Ber­land River area. The team do­ing this work has, ac­cord­ing to this ar­ti­cle, re­planted about 60 kilo­me­tres of these cuts; there re­main about 150,000 km to com­plete the job.

This dam­age was done by the oil in­dus­try dur­ing the regimes of the So­cial Cred­iters and the Con­ser­va­tives. Should not this work be paid for by the in­dus­try which did the dam­age?

Just an­other ex­am­ple of how our gov­ern­ments have pros­trated them­selves be­fore the might of the oil barons. Emil Bi­zon, Ed­mon­ton

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