Letter: Oilsands 'Truce' Without Transparency Accomplishes Little

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Cecily Mills's letter disapproves of the notion that the oilsands industry and environmentalists might reach a truce such as the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA).

The agreement brings together 21 of Canada's largest timber companies and nine conservation groups, including ours, in a voluntary, cooperative accord to improve forest practices and protect more caribou habitat across the north's vast boreal forest.

The ultimate outcome of the CBFA depends on whether it is embraced by governments and First Nations, who own Crown land.

But by rolling up our sleeves, in a transparent, science-guided process, we can help achieve a balance between commerce and conservation.

CBFA relies in part on extraordinary leadership by the Forest Products Association of Canada and its member companies.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and its member companies could learn much by studying how the timber industry forthrightly acknowledged and agreed to address serious environmental concerns, which made it easier for environmentalists to understand and respect the needs of industry.

Absent such leadership, oilsands controversies can only grow.