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Oil Sands Group Reverses Funding Cut to Alberta Environmental Agency

(Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON - In a sudden reversal, oilsands companies will restore funding to a key environmental agency in the province’s northeast after meeting with Environment Minister Diana McQueen.

McQueen said Wednesday she was pleased the Oil Sands Developers Group agreed to renew a $5-million annual budget for the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA).

The oilsands group last week halved CEMA’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and called for an immediate review of the agency, suggesting it was time for it to wind down.