WHEREAS Northern Alberta’s bituminous sands represent the most significant oil field in Canada and, in the aggregate, one of the world’s largest energy projects;
WHEREAS it is anticipated that future growth in the production of this resource will continue to be an important economic driver, both in Alberta and in Canada, as a whole;
WHEREAS it is extremely important to develop this resource in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, so that the interests of present and future generations are not sacrificed needlessly for short term gain;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urges the government of Canada to undertake a comprehensive public assessment of the environmental, economic and social impacts of the oil sands developments immediately;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this assessment be focused on establishing base line data that would provide governments and the oil industry with the necessary information to allow for improvements in the sustainability of this critical but finite resource;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this assessment include specific research into the issues of the aggregate effects of these projects on the quality and quantity of water in the local area, the plans for reclamation and elimination of the tailings ponds, and the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)