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Oil industry balks at covering twinning costs for killer highway

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in News Coverage | One Comment
Oil industry balks at covering twinning costs for killer highway

Photograph by Morgan Modjeski

Story by Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

It’s not oilsands companies’ role to help finance a twinning of the killer Hwy. 63 to Fort McMurray, says a group representing more than 30 of the companies.

Some residents of the oilsands city have called for the energy industry to help with the upgrading after seven people were killed on the single-lane highway in a head-on collision Apr. 27.

And the Wildrose Party has said such an arrangement should be considered.

But industry players already pay royalties and taxes and say improving the road is a government responsibility whose completion is long overude, said Ken Chapman, executive director of the Oil Sands Developers Group.

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1 Comment

  1. Hilda
    May 11, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more. The government is responsible for the highway. It has already been paid for over and over again by Oilsands companies and taxes.

    It seems that the government is trying to pass the buck on this issue. SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT.


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