Smith’s Landing ‘taken aback’ by reports of reduced oilsands monitoring – Cabin Radio

Smith’s Landing ‘taken aback’ by reports of reduced oilsands monitoring – Cabin Radio

by ahnationtalk on August 5, 2020108 Views

The Alberta and federal governments are reported to have signed an agreement making significant cuts to environmental monitoring of the province’s oilsands.

The Canadian Press, quoting an unpublished document, said the drop in funding equates to a 25-percent year-on-year reduction and does not fund water monitoring downstream of the oilsands.

Federal environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson disputed the report, stating via Twitter: “There is no Canada-Alberta agreement to reduce oilsands monitoring.”

Wilkinson instead attributed the decrease in spending to the lost spring and summer field season as a result of Covid-19. The minister said the decrease was “decided upon by consensus of a 12-person body,” including six Indigenous representatives, though he gave no further detail.

Read More: https://cabinradio.ca/42744/news/environment/smiths-landing-taken-aback-by-reports-of-reduced-oilsands-monitoring/

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