2010-05-08

Mountain pine beetle is Alberta's eco-disaster

As Albertans we might not have an oil slick the size of Luxembourg heading our way as do the beleaguered folk along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

However, we do have an environmental disaster that has already washed up on our shores, so to speak, and is moving inland with unnerving speed. Communities in its path couldn't be more scared if they were Biloxi, Miss., or Mobile, Ala., watching their coastline turn black.

Our disaster is the mountain pine beetle: Mother Nature's chainsaw.