"cattle and horses browsed around
derricks and pumps.
I braked the car when a mare and colt
wandered onto the road.
They stared at me, and I thought,
here is the past, looking at the present.
Then I remembered that grass will come up
when the wells are stuttering straws
in an empty bottle."
from Meeting on Asphalt
by Bert Alnon
The deal says no fieldwork is to be done on the main branch of the Athabasca River. That means the program won't fund monitoring downstream of the oilsands even as the province considers proposals to allow the water from oilsands tailings ponds to be released into the river.
Subject line is from Archibald Lampman's "The City at the End of Things"