Robert Kennedy Jr. to visit Albertan oilsands

American environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr.  will visit the Albertan oilsands, reports the Canadian Press.

Environmentalists and aboriginals have invited him to visit Fort McMurray, in the north of the province, during the July 1 Canada Day long weekend.

He will try to understand the benefits of the oilsands to the country's economy, Kennedy told CP, although he doesn't expect the tour to change his opinion. He also hopes to meet with producers in the oil industry.

Kennedy is a professor at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, as well as co-director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. He is also a senior attorney for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council.

He is one of the most well-known and high profile critics in the US of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Last February, Kennedy was arrested in front of the White House during a protest opposing the completion of the project.

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