In reaction to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) seeking approval to resume crude extraction from its spill-plagued tar sands property near Primrose Lake, Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy campaigner said:
“The fact CNRL has once again applied to re-start operations in the Primrose Lake region shows what little regard the company has for the environment. The investigation into its four blowouts is still incomplete and tar sands bitumen continues to seep into Alberta’s environment and has for well over a year. Not only should the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) quickly turn down this application, it should force CNRL to stop all operations in the troubled region and begin the independent in-situ safety inquiry that dozens of First Nation, landowner and environmental groups have called for.
“The AER needs to do more than talk tough – it needs to act tough.”