Lubicon say Alberta ignoring oil spill health concerns

The Lubicon Cree say the Alberta government has done little since 28,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a broken pipeline onto lands claimed by the First Nations community.

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The Lubicon Cree say the Alberta government has done little since 28,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a broken pipeline onto lands claimed by the First Nations community.

Alberta environmental officials continue to refute claims by the Lubicon that the spill has soiled the air and is making people sick.

Alberta hasn’t even bothered to send any health officials to the community.

Many residents are saying that the odour is causing a burning feeling in their eyes and chest.

APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto took a tour of the area by helicopter and said she felt the same symptoms.

“The small seems to waft in and out,” LoPinto reported. “Since I have arrived I have been feeling…nausea, headaches, burning and itchy eyes.

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