Earning social licence the traditional wayWhy public engagement in the oilsands regulatory process matters

Op-ed - Nov. 22, 2013 - By Jennifer Grant

Published in Oilsands Review, December 2013

It was a court ruling that didn’t mince words.

Terms such as “tainted,” “fatally flawed” and suffering from a “direct apprehension of bias” are deeply damaging to the oilsands industry at a time when Alberta is desperately seeking social licence for its primary industry. Alas, this is exactly what a judge concluded about the Government of Alberta’s decision to bar an environmental organization from participating in the regulatory process for a proposed in situ oilsands project.

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Oilsands review article cover pageThis article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Oilsands Review.


Tags:  Alberta, Oilsands

Jennifer Grant
Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant was the Pembina Institute's associate regional director for Alberta and the North until 2013, and former director of the Institute's oilsands program.


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