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Updated: Seniors censure Statoil oil sands. A group of 2,000 Norwegian senior citizens is joining a legal battle over Statoil’s Canadian oil sands project. Alberta Environment has filed a lawsuit against Statoil Canada Ltd., claiming it is guilty of improper water withdrawals from its facility near Fort McMurray dating back three years. Spokesperson for the government department, Jessica Potter, tells the Edmonton Journal they believe the company diverted water from several streams, lakes, and rivers, exceeding 10,000 cubic metres at one stage.

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Updated: Seniors censure Statoil oil sands

Published on Tuesday, 5th April, 2011 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th April 2011 at 15:56.

A group of 2,000 Norwegian senior citizens is joining a legal battle over Statoil’s Canadian oil sands project.

Oil sands in Canada (illustration photo)
Oil sands in Canada (illustration photo)
Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil


Alberta Environment has filed a lawsuit against Statoil Canada Ltd., claiming it is guilty of improper water withdrawals from its facility near Fort McMurray dating back three years.

Spokesperson for the government department, Jessica Potter, tells the Edmonton Journal they believe the company diverted water from several streams, lakes, and rivers, exceeding 10,000 cubic metres at one stage.

The water was allegedly used by its on-site plant near Conklin, 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, to release bitumen via a process of heating water to produce steam, which is then injected into the ground.

The group of senior citizens from the Norwegian Grandparents' Climate Action Group (Besteforeldreaksjonen) has now paid the Edmonton Journal, believed to be Canada’s largest daily newspaper, to print its letter, accusing Statoil Canada Ltd. of ruining the environment and livelihoods of local indigenous people.

Tomorrow’s half-page advertisement is designed to coincide with the first day of the court case brought by the State of Alberta against Statoil.

“We can’t just sit quietly and safely at home just watching. We have a duty to get involved on behalf of our grandchildren,” Tananger’s Johanne Sæthen tells Stavanger Aftenblad.

Meanwhile, Statoil says it has launched an internal investigation and takes the charges seriously.

Ole Morten Aanestad, company press spokesperson for its North American onshore and offshore upstream activities, tells The Foreigner by phone from Houston that, “everyone is entitled to their opinion, and we respect that.”

“It is our mission to be a positive contributor to the Oil and Gas Industry in Alberta and to improve recovery technology,” he continues.

The Grandparents Climate Action Group can be read here.



Published on Tuesday, 5th April, 2011 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th April 2011 at 15:56.

This post has the following tags: statoil, statoilcanadaltd, canadiantarsands, stateofalbertalegalcase, fortmcmurray.





  
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