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So, Imperial Oil's 'Kearl' project in the Alberta Tar Sands has been delayed due to a water permit being revoked by the fisheries department.

Apparently the operation's projected annual C02 emissions being the equivalent of the annual emissions of 800,000 cars won't have a significant impact on the environment. This is what Imperial's environmental report said when they applied for the license. People are funny.

What's even funnier is the fact that the Alberta government essentially took away the license because Imperial is going to do a moderate amount of environmental damage by mining a resource that is basically killing the planet as we know it. I mean, I don't get it. "You can mine for something that's going to aid in the destruction of the world as we know it just so long as you don't cause any damage along the way"? WTF?

But that's okay. What's important is that, according to this article, development might be delayed a year or more. Considering Kearl is supposed to start production in 2011, this is great news. A lot can happen in 3-4 years. Laws can change. People can change. Who knows, if it gets delayed enough, maybe it could be stopped altogether.

Hey, I can dream. :\

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