Liberal MLA David Swann proposes environmental accountability amendment to pipeline motion

Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann is requesting to propose an environmental accountability amendment to the Government’s motion asking the Legislative Assembly to reaffirm its support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion:

Speaking on the amendment Swann stated, “Albertans expect us to hold this government to account on their environmental promises. Many Albertans want to see the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, however, they are concerned about both the environmental costs and financial liabilities of our oil sands industry.”

Swann’s motion would be calling on the Legislative Assembly to address public concerns and bolster public confidence in bitumen production and pipeline transport by committing to report annually on Alberta’s oil sands region through a transparent, full cost accounting framework.

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David Swann to present petition urging Government to lift restrictions on rehabilitation of bears, other large wildlife

Dr. David Swann will present a petition signed by 3,234 Albertans urging the government to reassess protocols restricting rehabilitation of large wildlife:

Dr. David Swann and thousands of Albertans are calling upon the Minister of Environment and Parks to reassess, update, and complete written protocols for all species on which restrictions on rehabilitation or fostering are placed.

On the merits of the petition Swann stated, “We have a moral responsibility to help ensure the health of species in our ecosystem. Restricting rehabilitation permits prevents injured and orphaned animals from receiving the assistance and rehabilitation they need.”

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David Khan statement on Premier Notley’s threats to reduce pipeline oil exports to B.C.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has released the following statement on Premier Notley’s pipeline threats in the 2018 spring legislative session throne speech and news conference:

“This is not 1980, its 2018. Letting B.C. “freeze in the dark” by cutting our oil exports is mean-spirited grandstanding. This is cutting our nose off to spite our face – reducing our own revenues.

“We can’t defend Alberta by dividing Canada. This isn’t a national energy strategy, it’s a political ploy to win votes.

“The Premier isn’t just gambling with our relationship with B.C., but sowing chaos across our entire economy. We need a Premier who can negotiate a better deal to move the pipeline forward, not resort to reckless threats and intimidation to get her way.

“I continue to support the twinning of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline. I understand how important this project is to job creation and the economy in Alberta, and for safely transporting our petroleum products to new markets. What I cannot support is this divisive and counterproductive approach to getting the pipeline built.”