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In a July 2021 op-ed in the Calgary Herald, Danielle Smith, then a business lobbyist with the Alberta Enterprise Group, advocated for a program called R-Star. It would provide royalty credits to oil and gas companies completing cleanup activities already required of them.
While it appeared for a long time to be dead, R-Star has new life.
Smith is now Alberta premier, and continues to champion the idea. Peter Guthrie, her new energy minister, promised to
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