Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tar sands...

TGB Press, 15 June 2015:
A rural worker has been shot dead near Canada's Wood Buffalo region - the sixth murder in a month in the region, amid conflicts over land and oil development.
The body of John Smith was found in dense forest close to his home in northern Alberta.
The 31-year-old had argued with oil workers in the area, his friends and neighbours said.
Violence in the Fort Mcmurray - Wood Buffalo area prompted the Canadian government last month to offer more police for the area. Police believe Mr Smith was killed last week, but news of his death was only confirmed on Tuesday. He was found close to his home in a near the town of Mackay.

Police and neighbours said Mr Smith had received death threats after a run-in with oil workers, who were reportedly working near his property.
"There is in this region a really dangerous group of oil workers," a neighbour told the TGB Press. "He had a fight with one of them over SAGD activity and he was a marked man from then on."

Local residents told the TGB Press they had seen four people in a pick-up truck drive to the camp where Mr Smith lived. Forensic tests showed he was killed by a blow to the head with a heavy object. Since May, there have been six murders in Wood Buffalo. Police say not all were linked to land disputes.

However, some of those targeted had been threatened.

The federal natural resources minister said it would boost co-operation with the provincial government to tackle the violence. However, the federal government also said this support would be limited as the Athabasca oil sands policing were a local and provincial responsibility.  Local activists decried the announcement, claiming police have been following them for months and ignoring their complaints of intimidation by oil workers. 


The above is an fictitious adaptation of this BBC report from Brazil. Could you see it happening here?

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