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First Nations group in Alberta say program to clean up tarsands is ‘underfunded’ – APTN News

Jan 29, 2023

“If it becomes a toxic wasteland, will we be forced to leave? I don’t know,” asks First Nations woman about tarsands cleanup

A program that aims to protect Albertans from the costs of cleaning up contamination from the tarsands is underfunded, say First Nations critics.

Alberta is preparing to change how it ensures tarsands companies are able to pay for the mammoth job of cleaning up their operations. But critics fear a year of consultations isn’t enough to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Melody Lepine, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, attended a feedback session held by the government to voice concerns.

“What we are seeing is that the mining security program is significantly underfunded,” Lepine told APTN News.

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