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Monday, January 17, 2022

Survey sees oilsands environmental monitoring unproductive after 10 years

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Key takeaways: 

  • Alberta Environment and Parks survey respondents voiced different problems regarding the federal-provincial program.
  • In July, Alberta Environment and Parks surveyed dozens of scientists and other participants in the Oilsands Monitoring Program, a combined federal-provincial program that has run under different names since 2012 and is financed by an annual $50-million levy from the enterprise.

The oilsands environmental monitoring is unproductive survey finds: 

Alberta doesn’t have a suitable grip of the general environmental effects of the oilsands a decade after executing monitoring that was thought to deliver it, internal government documents indicate.

In July, Alberta Environment and Parks questioned dozens of scientists and other participants in the Oilsands Monitoring Program, a combined federal-regional program that has run under different names since 2012 and is financed by an annual $50-million levy from the industry. A replica of that survey was acquired by The Canadian Press.

Of the 112 individuals surveyed, 26 answered. They voiced problems from a shortage of overall direction to inadequate communication to an arbitrary and insufficient grant cap being slowly pecked away by inflation.

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The oilsands environmental monitoring unproductive after 10 years survey finds

“We still have significant concerns with the … program’s ability to develop a robust, world-class monitoring program as intended,” stated a reply from the Alberta Environmental Network, which has representatives on some of the program’s technical committees. Source – cbc.ca

It points out that the grant has stayed intact since 2012 despite inflation, amounting to a closely nine-per-cent cut.

“We know of no independent analysis proposing $50 million is adequate,” the network stated. As an outcome, it states, critical questions are going unanswered. Source – cbc.ca

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