FORT MCMURRAY, AB, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's Environment
Minister Peter Kent, and Alberta's Environment and Sustainable Resource
Development Minister Diana McQueen toured several of the new oil sands
monitoring stations now in place in the early stages of implementation
of the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring.
The Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring, announced by Minister Kent and Minister McQueen in February, commits to a scientifically rigorous, comprehensive,
integrated, and transparent environmental monitoring program for the
region. It outlines the path forward to enhance the monitoring of
water, air, land and biodiversity in the oil sands by demonstrating how
we will sample more sites for more substances more frequently. The
program is designed to provide an improved understanding of the
long-term cumulative effects of oil sands development.
Both Ministers were pleased with the progress they saw, noting that the
monitoring enhancements for the first year of the Joint Plan are well
underway, that the joint approach is working well, and that initial
results from the new enhanced monitoring are expected this year.
"The Alberta oil sands are a key driver of the Canadian economy. They
are currently responsible for over 400,000 jobs," said Minister Kent.
"In February, Minister McQueen and I launched one of the most
transparent and accountable oil sands monitoring systems in the world.
Today, it is clear to see that this system is on track for full
implementation in 2015. We challenge others in the international oil
producing community to match Canada's commitment to environmental
"The enhanced monitoring program for the oil sands region provides
assurance to Albertans, Canadians, and the world that this critical
resource is being managed properly," said Minister McQueen. "I'm
confident that these enhancements are setting the stage for a truly
state-of-the-art environmental program for the oil sands region."
Implementation will continue to be phased in over three years to ensure
installation of necessary infrastructure, incremental enhancement of
activities and appropriate integration with existing monitoring
activities in the region.
"For more information and to view a related backgrounder and factsheet,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/."
SOURCE Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of Canada's Minister of the Environment
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Office of the Minister
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development's Twitter page: http://twitter.com/#!/Coop_MB
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