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Fossil fuel company frustratedly pulls project plug in Canada

02/25/2020 3:38 pm ET Molly Taft
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A Canadian mining company has withdrawn a controversial permit application for a massive new tar sands mine days before the government was slated to make a decision on the project.

Teck Resources said in a letter to Canada’s environment minister Sunday night that Canada does not have “a framework in place that reconciles resource development and climate change, in order to produce the cleanest possible products,” and that the government’s lack of leadership in the country’s escalating conflict over energy “has placed [the mine] and our company squarely at the nexus of much broader issues that need to be resolved.”

The planned project, which would have produced 260,000 barrels of crude oil per day, had become a flashpoint for environmental activists as well as a political headache for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has pledged to push Canada to become carbon neutral by 2050 but who has lost support in the industry-heavy Alberta province.

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