May 26th, 2020

Reverse job-killing oilpatch monitoring suspensions: Alberta Opposition leader


By The Canadian Press on May 22, 2020.

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley visits an oil and gas pipe fabrication plant in Calgary, Alta., Monday, April 15, 2019. Alberta's Official Opposition leader says Premier Jason Kenney should step in to reverse a decision from the province's energy regulator to suspend environmental monitoring requirements. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition leader says Premier Jason Kenney should step in to reverse a decision by the province’s energy regulator to suspend environmental monitoring.

Rachel Notley says the decision will cost jobs as international investors shy away from an industry increasingly seen as an environmental outlier.

On Wednesday, the Alberta Energy Regulator expanded previous monitoring suspensions for open-pit oilsands mines to include the entire oilpatch.

Companies no longer have to perform a wide array of monitoring, tests and research on soil, water, air and wildlife.

Most of the suspensions have no end date.

Kenney says the regulator is an independent body and he can’t tell it what to do.

Notley says Kenney has plenty of authority to step in.

At least two of the world’s largest investment funds have cited environmental concerns in decisions to restrict investments in Alberta’s oilpatch.

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