Saturday’s letters: Royalty surcharge for energy firms

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J. Nelson Amaral, Edmonton

Royalty surcharge for energy firms

In a story this morning in the Journal, there is a statement that the Orphan Well Association is industry-funded. I wish this were true but it is not so because at this point the Alberta government has provided some $400 million in questionable loans to the association and a major portion of a $1-billion federal grant is earmarked for orphan and abandoned well remediation.

Many years ago when I was the Alberta Liberal leader, I proposed a five-per-cent surcharge on royalties to be established in a trust fund for remediating wells and I repeated that statement two years ago. Minister Sonya Savage’s plan to bring in a new assessment process won’t do.

My message to Minister Savage is to apply a 10-per-cent royalty surcharge which might look after future oil and gas well remediation along with stricter rules and regulations.

Bob Russell, St. Albert 

Let Inuit choose new football name

Eight out of 10 western Canadian Inuit said they would like to keep the name Eskimos for Edmonton’s CFL team. However, an insurance company, a restaurant chain and a member of Parliament say the name must go.

But what do we tell these eight out of 10? Fighting Irish, Vikings, Chiefs, Yankees, and Canucks — you can all keep your name. Eskimos. Nope. Gone. Feel a sense of pride? Too bad. A select few know what is best for you. You do not.

I feel I cannot turn my back on these eight out of 10 and instead I will have to turn my back on the Edmonton Football Team by cancelling my season tickets, unless one thing happens. The Inuit are given the opportunity to name the team. However, they must be given free reign to name the team whatever they want. Edmonton Eskimos. Edmonton Inuit. Edmonton Eight?


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