Alberta to wait on call for oil sands moratorium

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Alberta will not immediately rule on a call for a temporary halt to issuing new land leases in parts of the Canadian province’s vast oil sands region, a government spokesman said on Monday.

The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA), an umbrella group that includes industry, government, aboriginal and environmental groups — and includes companies already operating in the region — has asked the Alberta government in a letter for a moratorium on leases in three areas that are being considered for environmental protection.

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