Suncor's Political Role in Fort McMurray

Suncor’s enthusiasm for the massive growth in the oil sands had been tempered lately by the government’s inability to address the social and ecological issues that, as a result of the oil sands, had emerged in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area. Like other Canadian oil and gas companies, Suncor is accustomed to looking over its shoulder for claims that could dramatically curtail its reputation as a legitimate and responsible company, regardless of the company’s direct role in these issues. In many cases, all oil and gas companies, no matter how proactive, were painted with the same brush as sources of environmental destruction, social inequity and exploitation. So when Suncor heard of a

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