Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has raised concerns of potential ongoing damage to the Oldman River in southern Alberta and is calling on the Minister of Environment to launch a full investigation.
“I have received credible reports from local sources of heavy equipment operating in and near the river” writes Swann. “Witnesses also report a backhoe traversing the river on multiple occasions, digging into the river channel, stirring up vast quantities of sediment and potentially causing serious or even irreparable harm to the spawning Bull Trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish populations.”
Swann also asked that the minister confirm whether this work has been authorized and called on the environment ministry to prevent any serious environmental damage.
“We need to ensure that we are doing more to protect our waterways,” says Swann. “This is more than a single incident of industrial overstep. The Oldman River is a main feed into rivers throughout southern Alberta that the government must to ensure are protected.”