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Regulating the Environmental Impacts of Alberta's Tar Sands

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The surge in "unconventional" oil projects such as Alberta's Tar Sands in the last decade signals a shift in global production from relatively accessible conventional reserves to "frontier" oil. This paper examines one aspect of the oil/environment tension – the environmental regulatory system surrounding the tar sands – by adopting the frameworks of the petro-state and resource curse. Much like similar research on the political-economic effects of natural resource dependence, this paper finds that petro-politics has resulted in a weakened environmental policy system.

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