Today 21-groups, representing a range of interests, sent an open letter to Alberta's Energy Regulator (AER) demanding that they turn down CNRL's most recent application to begin high pressure steaming it's beleaguered Primrose tar sands site.
Graphic by Chelsea Flook
CNRL’s second application to restart high-pressure steaming is on its Primrose South lease site. This site is less than 500 meters from where tar sands is still bubbling up under a lake and where it has been seeping to the surface for months.
Please share and sign the petition calling on the AER to reject the application and conduct a safety review of tar sands in-situ development.
A copy of the open letter is below:
Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5th Street SW
RE: AER Scheme Approval No. 9140, Application No. 1787672 – Phases 23 and 24
To the Alberta Energy Regulator,
We the undersigned call on the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to reject the Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) application to re-start high-pressure steaming on their Primrose South tar sands site.
CNRL’s facilities have been subject to high-pressure, unstoppable bitumen blowouts since May 2013. Some of the locations described in CNRL’s application for re-steaming are less than 500 meters from their active spill sites.
The AER must reject CNRL’s application for re-steaming to ensure that no more damage is done to this area. No new steaming activity should occur on CNRL’s Primrose property, including Primrose East and South, until the AER has completed its investigation into these blowouts. The AER must determine the root cause of these blowouts and must identify solutions to ensure events of a similar nature do not re-occur.
CNRL shouldn't be able to add to and profit from the damage it has done to the Cold Lake region while investigations into the causes are still outstanding.
We call on the AER to reject this application and continue its investigation.
- Alberta Surface Rights Group
- Alberta Wilderness Association
- Central Athabasca Stewardship Society
- Change Alberta
- Citizens for Responsible Development
- CleanWater Foundation
- Council of Canadians
- Forest Ethics
- For Our Grandchildren 4RG
- Friend of Lily Lake
- Glasswaters Foundation
- Greenpeace Canada
- Keepers of the Athabasca
- Manitoba Wildlands
- Mother Earth Action Co-operative
- Regional Environmental Action Committee
- Saskatchewan Environmental Society
- Sierra Club of Canada
- Sierra Club BC Chapter
- Sierra Club Prairie Chapter
- United Landowners of Alberta