Greenpeace rejects partial moratorium on tar sands

    EDMONTON, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Premier Ed Stelmach must reject a
proposal by an oil industry lobby group to declare a "partial moratorium" on
tar sands development, said Greenpeace today.
    The Cumulative Environmental Management Association proposed a partial
moratorium to free up "new conservation areas" in the province in
acknowledgement that current tar sands development is not sustainable.
Greenpeace, however, says the proposal is a half-measure that will not address
the environmental, social and human health devastation caused by the tar
    "A partial moratorium on tar sands development is like closing the barn
door only half way," said Greenpeace Tar Sands campaigner Mike Hudema. "With
one week to go in the provincial election campaign, Premier Stelmach should
make his intentions clear regarding this half-baked proposal that would do
little to check one of the dirtiest and largest industrial projects on the
    "Is Premier Stelmach going to let uncontrolled tar sands development
continue to poison our water, endanger the health of area First Nation
communities and devastate boreal forest, or is he going to do the right thing
and stop the tar sands today? Premier Stelmach, and all our political leaders,
have an obligation to tell us where they stand before next Monday."
    Greenpeace says a better solution is the No New Approvals resolution for
the tar sands unanimously approved by the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs last
    All candidates in the Alberta election are being challenged to join "no
new approvals," a Web-based pledge to support a halt to new tar sands
development. Already, over 37 Alberta organizations have endorsed the pledge,
as well as 31 national and international groups and prominent individuals like
Stephen Lewis, Dr. David Schindler and Reverend Bill Phipps. To date over
2,000 individuals have signed the pledge, available for download at

For further information:

For further information: Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Tar Sands campaigner,
(780) 504-5601

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