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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