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Oil-sands water monitoring inadequate, says Alberta

Alberta needs a more “robust” regime, says environment minister Rob Renner

The impact of oil-sands production on northern Alberta’s rivers is largely unknown and assessment by an industry-funded body designed to monitor the damage is inadequate, a new Alberta government report says. It dismissed the methodology of the Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (Ramp), an industry-funded body to measure the effect of oil-sands development on local rivers: “The Ramp programme has many monitoring sites, but the low sampling frequency each year limits this programme’s ability to determine impacts from oil-sands operations.” Rob Renner, Alberta’s environment minister, who appointed the panel last year to investigate the province’s water-monitoring systems, said after the rep

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