EDITORIAL – Decision to scrap huge oil sands mine is no cause for tears

Oil sands. (Image: Alex MacLean, DeSmog Canada)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WEEP NOT for the Teck Resources Frontier oil sands mine.

Reasons for cancellation of the $20-billion project near Fort McMurray and not far from Wood Buffalo National Park are as plentiful as the critics who want to waggle their fingers.

Was it oil prices? Was it our complicated and slow regulatory regime? Was it the rail blockades? Was it the conflict between environment and resource development? Or a general chill on investing in oil sands projects?

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer blame it on  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the blockades. Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley blames it on Kenney.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Decision to scrap huge oil sands mine is no cause for tears

  1. Sean McGuinness // February 26, 2020 at 9:35 AM // Reply

    The logic of this column can just as well be applied to the fracking of gas and oil, and the pipelines that result from these activities.

  2. We have the onerous to do better with what we have already. Perhaps we will have to go back to the past to create a better, more sustainable future.

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