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Abusing Canada

July 10, 2007

Re "Canada's black gold glimmers but tarnishes," July 8

Very few have benefited from the oil-sands development in Alberta. The main beneficiaries are oil companies (including those in the U.S.), the United States and the province of Alberta. The rest of Canada receives little from the oil sands.

Meanwhile, Canadians watch helplessly as a major hole is being dug into an irreplaceable wilderness area. I've also noticed that U.S. officials are happy to take oil from a development that is destroying Canadian wilderness regions, but they will not drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness reserve. A hypocritical and sad attitude.

GARY BETTS

London, Canada

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