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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Oilsands may threaten whooping cranes' survival

To read an article entitled, "Oilsands may threaten whooping cranes' survival" which is at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation News website please click on the following link:

From this article:
"In a report published online this week, Global Forest Watch Canada mapped the historical flight paths and landing points of whooping cranes in Alberta, particularly in the oilsands area."

"They generally tend to land in wetland areas, which is an automatic red flag because of the existence of the toxic tailings ponds," Peter Lee, the Edmonton-based author of the report, told CBC News

"Alberta government officials say more studies need to be done on whooping cranes' migration routes through the oilsands region!" (This last sentence inidicates how arrogant and uncaring the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is towards the life in this Province!) Just once I would like to hear the PC's listen to the experts rather than suggesting that more studies need to be done! Why are they wasting tax-payers money doing this?? Why won't they listen to these experts and for that matter  why don' t the PC's ever listen to the people of this province?

The following statements are from the Press release issued by "Global Forest Watch Canada" at its website: entitled, "World’s last wild migrating whooping cranes threatened by Alberta’s oil sands developments " 

The world’s last wild migrating endangered whooping cranes – 270 birds – are threatened by oil sands developments in northern Alberta, according to a recent report by Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC), “Migration of whooping cranes (Grus americana) through Alberta’s bitumen sands region.”
The not-for-profit research organization says that whooping cranes have regularly flown over and landed within Alberta’s oil sands region. This migration includes areas leased to and developed by oil sands companies, and includes the surface mineable area containing facilities, mine pits and more than 170 km2 of toxic tailings ponds. Annual overall bird mortality at these toxic tailings ponds in northeastern Alberta has been recently scientifically estimated at a minimum of 458 to 5,029 birds.

Why won't the Premier of this province believe this estimate? In denying this estimate Premier Stelmach is trying to avoid a confrontation with the Oil Industry of this Province relating to this industry's behavior in causing the mortality of these endangered animals! How many times has he avoided such a confrontation and why is he so unconcerned about the health of a species of life in this province, especially one so endangered?  How many times has Premier Stelmach and past leaders of  this province (Klein,Getty and Loughheed) not acted to force the Oil Industry of this province to change its ways to prevent the death and injury of life in this Province (including the death and injury of humans!)?

As stated in the Press release issued by "Global Forest Watch", 

"The threat to the survival and recovery of the Canadian wild whooping crane population results from several factors present in the oil sands region. Exposure to tailings ponds represents a risk of oiling and ingestion of toxins. This exposure may result in direct mortality or reduced fitness for birds that continue migration. Exposure to air emissions, food web contaminants, and declining water quality as well as exposure to the expanding power line infrastructure also represent risks."

The premier of this Province, the Minister of Sustainable Resource Development in this province, Mel Knight,  and the Minister of Environment, Rob Reiner, all know that tailing ponds are causing the Wildlife in this province, undue mortality and injury yet they refuse to do anything about this situation?
The people of this province want to know why!

To download a Global  report about the negative impact the Oilsands is having on the Whooping Crane population of this province (In PDF format). please click on the following link:

What do the people of other provinces of Canada think about the Behavior of the Premier of this province and his Cabinet in regard to the Whooping Cranes of this Province?

In the article, written by Randy Boswell entitled,  "Endangered bird faces continent-wide threats:Whooping crane at risk around Alberta oilsands and at southern end of migration route in Texas," published in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper

"Wildlife advocates on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are raising concerns about the future prospects of the whooping crane -the continent's most iconic endangered species." The author of this article, Randy Boswell quotes the Global Forest Watch report as follows:

"Still, there is little evidence that the governments of Alberta and Canada have adequately considered whooping cranes in the approval of industrial developments in Alberta's oilsands region."

I contend that the Governments of Alberta and Canada have not adequately considered many other life forms in the approval of industrial developments in Alberta's oilsands region. For example the grizzly bear species, and the caribou species as well as species of birds (ducks) which have been found dead in tailings ponds owned and operated by Oil Sands developers in this Province all are life forms which have been negatively impacted by the Province of Alberta's lack of consideration of them!

Premier Stelmach, Minister Rob Reiner and Minister Mel Knight, once again it seems your lack of concern in regards to a species of life in this Province has caused people in another area of Canada to shame the people of this Province and its Government!  Why are you causing people elsewhere to develop such a negative view of our Province through your inaction  towards these species of life? And why do you constantly seem to be unwilling to accept the research of experts regarding endangered species of life in our Province?

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To see a  recent television Interview Peter Lee recently gave to the media  regarding  the threat the oil sands poses to Whooping Cranes  please click on the following link:

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

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A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.