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A pickup truck leads a haul vehicle at an oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., July 9, 2008. A new study shows that heavy metals including lead and mercury which are being released from oilsands facilities into the air and water of northern Alberta are already above levels considered hazardous to fish
A pickup truck leads a haul vehicle at an oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., July 9, 2008. A new study shows that heavy metals including lead and mercury which are being released from oilsands facilities into the air and water of northern Alberta are already above levels considered hazardous to fish
(Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Connacher a step closer to oil sands partner

Nothing makes Alberta’s northern swamps more appealing than regulatory approval to build an oil sands project in the neighbourhood.

Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. received a routine approval to expand an oil sands project Wednesday. But for Connacher, the nod could be extra helpful in a way that has nothing to do with it producing bitumen – at least not on its own.