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Editor's note
Editor's note
“I didn’t come to Fort McMurray [Alberta] for the money. I thought I could have a positive impact on reducing the environmental footprint of our [oilsands] operations.”
One of the most significant players in the oilsands industry is also among Canada’s largest natural gas producers—and enhancing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an investment for both plays.
A new surface water quality monitoring program for the Lower Athabasca River in the heart of Alberta’s largest oilsands region released in March by federal Environment Minister Peter Kent will be incorporated into the work of a revamped provincial monitoring program, says the province’s environment minister.
Generations of lynxes, moose, deer, foxes and bears have come to take Imperial Oil Limited’s in situ oilsands installation at Cold Lake, Alta., for granted.
Christine Daly never expected to be working for Suncor Energy, Inc., or any oilsands company, for that matter. The 31-year-old, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Windsor, was raised in Tecumseh, Ont. Her expectation was to conduct research on the Great Lakes for most of her life, but a summer working for Suncor changed her path, leading her to embrace an opportunity to effect change from inside industry.
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The most prevalent odours in the Fort McMurray area are asphalt/tar (38 reports), fuel/solvent (41 reports) and burnt/smoke (24 reports), according to a new study by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA).
The Alberta Energy Regulator has lifted an order that Plains Midstream Canada was subject to, which required additional regulatory scrutiny until it had satisfied the regulator it could operate in compliance with AER requirements.
Water withdrawals by the oil and gas industry are now suspended for all rivers, creeks, streams and lakes in northeast B.C. — including the Liard River watershed — for short-term water use approved by the B.C. Oil And Gas Commission.
A recently released Government of Alberta report says air and surface water pollution in the Athabasca oilsands region triggered exceedances at monitoring stations in 2012.
The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has expanded the suspension of short-term water withdrawals by the oil and gas industry.
An independent panel asked to review hydraulic fracturing for the Nova Scotia government is recommending further study before the practice — and the shale gas development activity it’s often a part of — is allowed.
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