Media Advisory: Secret documents show upgrading is economic

AFL to release Government of Alberta analysis of bitumen economy

Edmonton – Secret government documents that show upgrading is economically viable will be released by the Alberta Federation of Labour at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The documents, which were obtained by the AFL under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, include a Department of Energy analysis that deals with the economics of the energy industry. This analysis of taxes, royalties and upgrading policy was deemed ‘secret’ by the Government of Alberta.

“These documents paint a picture of a Government that knows what needs to be done, but is afraid to act,” AFL president Gil McGowan said. “This ‘bitumen bubble’ has a silver lining, and the province knows it – they wrote the documents to prove it. Now they just need to have the courage to follow through on the evidence of their own research.”

Who: Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan

Where: River Valley Room, Lobby Level,

Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe Hotel

10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW, Edmonton

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 10 a.m.



Olav Rokne, AFL Communications Director at 780-289-6528 (cell) or via email