Protecting Marine Areas from the Threat of Oil and Gas Development
Edmonton... Twelve independent experts from across North America have been chosen to help create a world-class environmental monitoring system for Alberta’s oil sands.
“I am committed to ensuring we have a robust, credible, and transparent environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting system in the province, beginning with the oil sands region,” said Rob Renner, Minister of Environment. “This extremely accomplished group of individuals, who have significant experience and wide-ranging expertise, will deliver on this important initiative.” ... Read more »
SASKATOON — Despite alarm bells raised recently over toxins spewed from Alberta's oilsands into Saskatchewan, results of a recent survey indicate one-quarter of the province's residents support oilsands development.
The results of a survey performed by Sigma Analytics for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Regina Leader-Post show 24.9 per cent of respondents "strongly support" oilsands development in the province.
But those who caution against this type of development see a different picture in the survey numbers.
"If you didn't really know much about the issue, sure, why wouldn't you support it?" said Ann Coxworth, research adviser for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) and author of a report titled Carbon Copy: Preventing Oilsands Fever in Saskatchewan.... Read more »
OTTAWA — A majority of Canadians believe the energy sector is one of the most important parts of Canada's economy, and the federal government should lead the way in "cleaning" it up by finding alternatives to oil, says a newly released internal report.
The study, produced for Natural Resources Canada by Decima Research, found that 88 per cent of Canadians were either "very concerned" (47 per cent) or somewhat concerned (41 per cent) about the environmental impact of energy use and that 87 per cent were "very concerned" (46 per cent) or "somewhat concerned" (41 per cent) about the impact of energy production.... Read more »
The province is not doing Albertans, Canadians and the oilsands industry any favours by failing so miserably in its environmental monitoring of the impacts of such an important part of our economy and oil security. Only science will silence critics or assuage fears that the environment, especially water quality, is being properly protected.
Unfortunately, it's science that's most lacking in the monitoring process, according to a third independent report in a month, to review Alberta's oversight framework, and concluded it is woefully inadequate.... Read more »
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Oilsands giant Suncor has been fined $200,000 for dumping material harmful to fish into a northern Alberta river.
Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) was fined Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal Fisheries Act charges.
Environment Canada says the fine was for the release of effluent in 2008 from sediment ponds built as part of Suncor operations near the Steepbank River north of Fort McMurray.
The material in the water was clay and other natural materials and did not include oilsands or tailings pond effluent, Mike Bell, an Environment Canada spokesman said Wednesday.
"It was not tailings ponds, it was total suspended solids — matter suspended in water," Bell said. "It is deleterious to fish because it interrupts their respiration and can impact habitat as well."
Much of the fine will be paid into the federal government's Environmental Damages Fund.... Read more »