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Is the new oilsands monitoring program satisfactory?

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li-kent-mqueen2-584.jpgFederal Environment Minister Peter Kent and Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen announce an oilsands monitoring plan Friday in Edmonton. (CBC)

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent and Alberta Environment and Water Minister Diana McQueen announced a new $50 million environmental plan for the Alberta oilsands on Friday.

The federal and Alberta governments will share responsibility for the plan, which will begin this spring and take three years to implement.

"Today we are launching the most transparent and accountable oil sands monitoring system in the world," Kent said.

The plan includes details on how to improve water, oil and biodiversity monitoring in the oilsands. It also pledges to improve its credibility among scientists and provide public access to monitoring data.

World-renowned water biologist David Schindler criticized the previous water monitoring program. In his own report, he concluded that the current system was defective and insufficient.

Are you satisfied with the new oilsands monitoring program? Why or why not? What else do you think the program should do, if anything? Let us know in the comments section below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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