Alberta Bishop decries the Athabasca Oil Sands
January 29 – Environmental groups have a friend in Luc Bouchard, Bishop of St. Paul in Alberta, who wrote a long and heavily researched letter outlining his view of the “ecological crisis” facing northern Alberta’s oilsands region.
“As the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Paul in north-eastern Alberta,” he writes, “it is my responsibility to provide moral advice and leadership on questions that affect the faithful who live in my diocese. It is therefore impossible for me to ignore the moral problem created by the proposed one hundred and fifty billion dollars oil sands developments in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo because these projects are in “my own backyard,” and have aroused strong ethical criticism. In this pastoral letter I will consider this extraordinary and controversial industrial development from a Catholic perspective.”
Read the full letter here.
There is a growing recognition among faith groups around the world, that the ecological crisis facing humanity is a moral issue. It is therefore one that they can no longer ignore. For more information on environmentally active faith groups and inititives, see: