Pembina reacts to Alberta Energy Regulator’s response to recommendations from the Peace River oilsands emissions hearing

April 16, 2014

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement related to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s announcement that it would deliver on all recommendations made in response to a public investigation into emissions from oilsands development in the Peace River region:

“The Alberta Energy Regulator has taken a positive step towards responsible energy development by recognizing the odour-related health concerns around Peace River and by accepting all the recommendations made during the public investigation.

“Though this decision is long-overdue — odours were first reported by residents in 2009 — it provides one tangible example where the Alberta Energy Regulator has established a transparent public process to deal with a major public concern. We hope this represents the beginning of a new approach to addressing the environmental and health concerns of Albertans.

“We now are looking for clarity from the Alberta government as to how those recommendations outside of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s jurisdiction will be addressed to ensure residents’ safety is paramount.”



Julia Kilpatrick
Communications Director


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