Long-awaited Tar Sands monitoring plan to be unveiled

Author: 
Kevin Usselman
Source: 
660 News
Date published: 
Fri, 2012-02-03

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent and his Alberta counterpart Diana McQueen will take the wraps off a new oilsands monitoring program Friday afternoon.

Environmental groups are anxiously awaiting the details of the plan which has been in the works for more than a year.

The Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada says it's imperative the plan be totally independent of government and industry interference.

John Bennett says Canadians also want assurances that industry is covering the cost of the ramped up air, land and water pollution monitoring, pegged at roughly $50-million a year.

Bennett says it's time politicians put down their energy industry cheering pompoms and start enforcing the rules and regulations that are already in place.

   

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