Edmonton, AB – March 14th, 2018: Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann says the NDP Government is losing credibility with Albertans and Canadians by rejecting my amendment calling for more transparent annual reporting on both the benefits AND the risks of increasing bitumen flows in Government’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion motion.
“It’s shameful that the NDP Government is refusing to discuss Albertans’ concerns
about both the environmental costs and financial liabilities of our oil sands industry.”
“What is the NDP Government hiding from citizens now and from future generations?’’
“There is a price to pay for increasing bitumen production to feed into the Trans Mountain pipeline and Albertans deserve to know the real environmental cost of increasing GHG emissions and the potential public cleanup bill for tailings ponds estimated at least $20 billion.”
“My amendment would have forced the Government to report annually on Alberta’s oil sands region through a transparent, full cost accounting framework.”
“The NDP Government has to do better and I will continue to demand answers and hold them to account on behalf of all Albertans.”
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.
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.”