Alberta accused of poor oilsands environmental enforcement
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 |
New research shows that the Alberta government is failing to enforce its own environmental legislation in the oil sands region.
The study examined more than 9,000 environmental incidents. The incidents included air quality and emissions violations, as well as water and land infractions. Researchers found that of the 9,000 incidents, only 37 faced any sort of enforcement from the Alberta government.
The study is also critical of provincial record-keeping and failure to disclose environmental incidents to the public.
Kevin Timoney is the study's lead author and is a scientist with Treeline Ecological Research.