Alberta and Ottawa said to agree to cuts in environmental monitoring – RCI

Alberta and Ottawa said to agree to cuts in environmental monitoring – RCI

by ahnationtalk on August 5, 2020109 Views

August 5, 2020

In a move certain to anger environmentalists and many First Nations, Alberta and Ottawa have reportedly reached an agreement that makes major cuts to environmental monitoring of the the province’s oilsands.

A copy of the plan was obtained by The Canadian Press, which reports the agreement lays out research plans for this year’s field season under a federal-provincial program that oversees all monitoring of the area outside of company leases.

CP’s Bob Weber reports the agreement–signed July 7 by top bureaucrats in Ottawa and Edmonton–reduces funding by about 25 per cent from last year’s budget.

It comes as the province faces falling revenues because of the drop in oil prices and increased costs and cuts because of COVID-19.

Read More: https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/08/05/alberta-and-ottawa-said-to-agree-to-cuts-in-environmental-monitoring/

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