Oil sands threaten EU trade talks?

Canada and the European Union have agreed to discuss the oil sands separate from their free trade talks after Canada threatened to scrap the negotiations if the EU barred oil-sand product imports, Reuters reported. The EU has proposed changes to rules aimed at reducing emissions from transport fuels, which could potentially lead to treating the oil sands differently from conventional oil. Canada has been lobbying the commission and member states intensively to avoid oil sands being classified as highly-polluting.

Published: Wednesday, 02/23/2011 12:00 am EST

Canada and the European Union have agreed to discuss the oil sands separate from their free trade talks after Canada threatened to scrap the negotiations if the EU barred oil-sand product imports, Reuters reported. The EU has proposed changes to rules aimed at reducing emissions from transport fuels, which could potentially lead to treating the oil sands differently from conventional oil. Canada has been lobbying the commission and member states intensively to avoid oil sands being classified as highly-polluting.

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