Letter: Oil sands next to tundra anyway

Dear Editor,

While I respect Mr. Halmo’s right to believe what he chooses, his contention that an LNG tanker accident with no environmental impact proves nothing appears to contradict the facts, something Mr. Halmo is short of [Surviving LNG tanker proves nothing, Feb. 4 Letters, Langley Advance].

The development of the oil sands at Fort MacMurray is not the earth’s largest environment catastrophe. That dubious honour belongs to the Bhopal gas leak in India, where tens of thousands of people died – which has not happened in Alberta.

The statement that the smoke stack emissions are equal to a major oil spill begs for proof. The only smokestacks I have seen in the Fort McMurray emit steam.

The further assertion that the area was pristine before 1960 clearly indicates Mr. Halmo has not spent any time in the area. The land borders on tundra, almost swamp-like, for the most part uninhabitable, unusable for anything above ground level.

Difference of opinion is to be applauded, but facts are truths; suppositions and conjecture are just smoke to cloud the thinking.

Terry Brenan, Aldergrove

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