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EU committee makes no decision on oil sands crude

Oil sands in Alberta


BRUSSELS — A European Union committee failed Thursday to reach a definite decision on labeling oil derived from oil sands as worse for climate change than crude oil — a proposal vigorously opposed by officials in Canada, where such oil is produced.

The proposal will now ultimately be decided by the environment ministers of the EU’s 27 member countries, said a spokesman for EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. The spokesman, Isaac Valero-Ladron, said a decision was expected by June.

Canada had threatened to take the EU to the World Trade Organization if it singled out that type of oil as worse for the environment than others. But the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, contends that science justifies its proposal.



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