Expert science panel confirms serious gaps in government oversight of oilsands development
EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director and Jennifer Grant, oilsands director of the Pembina Institute made the following statements in response to the release of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel findings on Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oilsands Industry:
"Today the scientists of the Royal Society of Canada confirmed that there are many serious gaps in the environmental assessment, regulation and monitoring of Canada's oilsands industry," said Simon Dyer.
"To date Governments' attempts to address the deficiencies highlighted by the Royal Society panel have been ineffective, with a much greater emphasis on expanding oilsands development rather than on ensuring the environment and Canadians are protected," said Jennifer Grant.
"The Alberta and Federal governments have already approved a doubling of oilsands developments. All new approvals should be halted until the shortcomings are addressed and independent monitoring systems and environmental limits are put in place," said Simon Dyer.
Simon Dyer (in Edmonton)
Policy Director, Pembina Institute
Grant (in Calgary)
Oilsands Program Director, Pembina Institute
Royal Society Report
- Download the Report: The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel findings on Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oilsands Industry on can be download here: http://www.rsc.ca/expertpanels_reports.php