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Conservative budget to streamline Canada's environmental review process

The Harper government's new budget has delivered good news to western Canada's oil sands projects and bad news to the environmental groups opposing them. The government plans to streamline the environmental review process making it easier for the petroleum industry to get approval for projects like oil extraction from bitumen. At the same time, it will target environmental and conservation groups it believes are too overtly political by withdrawing their status as charitable organisations. The Link’s Lynn Desjardins brings us reaction from the petroleum industry and from environmentalists.

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