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Getting together on toxic tailings

Oilsands producers say they will work as one to reduce tailings ponds, the sprawling inland lakes of toxic effluvia that have become an international symbol of environmental degradation and a whopping political headache for Premier Ed Stelmach.

Oilsands producers say they will work as one to reduce tailings ponds, the sprawling inland lakes of toxic effluvia that have become an international symbol of environmental degradation and a whopping political headache for Premier Ed Stelmach.

“We can do much more, much faster than we’ve ever done in the past,” John Broadhurst, vice-president of Shell Canada, told a news conference yesterday at the University of Alberta.

“Individual operators will put their tailings information on the table.”

The seven operators are: Canadian Natural Resources, Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Suncor, Syncrude, Teck Resources and Total E&P. Under a new agreement, they will make tailings ponds information more broadly available to each other and to regulators and academics. They will eliminate intellectual property concerns and other monetary concerns that may have prevented them from collaborating in the past.

 
 
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