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Sundre Feeling the Effects of Oil Spill

Wednesday, July 18th 2012 07:00

The town's tourism has taken a hit, despite the fact that the spill took place 30 kms downstream.

An oil spill that left thousands of barrels pouring into the Red Deer River on June 7th has left tourism in Sundre high and dry.

While the community is about 30 kms upstream of the leak, local tourism operators are reporting a substantial drop in calls and cancellations of rafting and camping trips.

Sherry Tytkanych, President of the Sundre Chamber of Commerce, wants people to know that the landscape of Sundre has not been affected by the oil spill in any way.

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A rally to support Sundre tourism is being held at the Pioneer Village Museum on July 30th.

Wildrose MP Blake Richards and other local dignitaries will be hopping on rafts and floating down the river to create public awareness.

A hot dog lunch will also be served at the rally which starts at noon.

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