Kudos to The Tyee for landing Andrew Nikiforuk as "writer in residence." Nikiforuk has brought Canadians some of the best, most insightful and compelling insights into the Athabasca Tar Sands. Now he's explaining why our parliamentarians - of all parties - shredded their long-awaited report into the mega-project/mega-boondoggle's water impacts.
Read Nikiforuk's piece here. It's a story of petro-state corruption and neglect, a theme explored at length in the author's excellent book Tar Sands. Here is Nikiforuk's list of some of the things our MPs would rather you not know:
"The facts show that Canadian regulators have not behaved responsibly, honorably or prudently.
Ottawa has squandered surface and groundwater resources in the region.
It has failed to collect baseline data making the project both unsafe and insecure.
The ponds are leaking and the project is polluting the river.
The federal government has failed to issue national standards for regulating tar-sands pollutants such as naphthenic acids.
It, too, has neglected to transparently monitor water quality and quantity in the world's third largest watershed.
This evidence partly explains why the committee destroyed its final report. Tory MPs that behave like wannabe bitumen salesmen explain the rest."
It's probably understandable the Harper government and the Ignatieff opposition would want this report shredded. It's a disgrace to both of them.