Oil sands safer than offshore drilling

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proves that Canada's oil sands are less risky than offshore drilling, the Globe and Mail reported. A damaged well is spewing more than 750,000 litres of oil into the Gulf each day, causing an ecological disaster. "I think it's always been clear that the oil sands provide a safe, stable, secure supply of energy and they need to be developed in an environmentally responsible way," Mr. Prentice said, after returning from climate-change negotiations with other environment ministers in Germany.

Published: Wednesday, 05/12/2010 12:00 am EDT

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proves that Canada's oil sands are less risky than offshore drilling, the Globe and Mail reported. A damaged well is spewing more than 750,000 litres of oil into the Gulf each day, causing an ecological disaster. "I think it's always been clear that the oil sands provide a safe, stable, secure supply of energy and they need to be developed in an environmentally responsible way," Mr. Prentice said, after returning from climate-change negotiations with other environment ministers in Germany. Canada's oil sands have repeatedly been targeted internationally by critics who say they are producing "dirty oil."

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