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Re: CEO asks big oil for ELA funds, June 20). While I appreciate the Cardinal Capital Management CEO sharing his Experimental Lakes Area concerns with the federal government, I do not agree with his proposal that oil companies be invited to fund ELA research into the impact of processing raw bitumen (oilsands) as a solution to future funding.

Scientific research must be at arm's length from its funders to allow objectivity. Would anyone truly trust an ELA study if it was bought and paid for by a private business whose profits may depend on a glowing report, or who may suppress a critical report? I know I would be skeptical.

JUDY BURNS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2012 A13

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