Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP) performance backgrounder

Publication - Aug. 22, 2012 - By Pembina Institute

Are we moving toward responsible oilsands development? Through the Land-use Framework process and the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), the Government of Alberta has committed to setting cumulative environmental limits to inform oilsands development. In August 2012, the province released its final plan which recognizes that a cumulative effects management approach is required and that objectives must be set for environmental, social and economic outcomes.

In this backgrounder, the Pembina Institute assesses how the plan delivers on key issues of concern relating to water, air and land impacts. We’ve evaluated the final LARP against the solutions presented in our Solving the Puzzle report (released in 2011) noting three categories: Substantial Progress, Work in Progress, Lack of Progress.

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