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Montana Judge Stops Transport of Equipment to Alberta’s Tar Sands

By Stephen Lacey on July 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

"Montana Judge Stops Transport of Equipment to Alberta’s Tar Sands"

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A judge in Montana has stopped a trucking route through Western Montana that would have opened up the transport of processing equipment to Alberta’s tar sands, saying the state’s Transportation Department “failed to adequately consider impacts of the project and failed to adequately consider reasonable alternatives.” According to the judge, the department didn’t take a “hard look” at the environmental impact of the route because the surveys were conducted by a consulting firm hired by Imperial Oil, the company processing oil from the tar sands.

The Alberta tar sands have been called “the most destructive project on earth” and “the biggest environmental crime in history” by environmental groups keeping an eye on the project.

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