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AWA News Release: Alberta Wetland Policy Exempts Oilsands Industry, Abandons No-Net-Loss in Prairies

September 10, 2013

The Alberta government’s wetland policy announced today will exempt all approved and near-term foreseeable oilsands projects from wetland offsets or restoration. For prairie wetlands, the policy drops the current clear no-net-loss policy goal and exposes even the highest value unprotected wetlands to destruction. This policy will promote ongoing loss of wetlands that purify water, reduce flood and drought severity, and provide crucial wildlife habitat. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) calls on the Alberta government to strengthen the announced wetlands policy to better safeguard our water security and environment.

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