BANFF - Premier Ed Stelmach said the oilsands industry is making progress on environmental issues, but acknowledged there was more work to do.
In remarks at the opening of the Global Business Conference here, the premier said the province continues to take that message on the road in an effort to counter concerns over the growing footprint of oilsands development.
"We've come a long way but we can and will do more," he said.
"That' s the message we're taking to the world."
Over the next few weeks, he said ministers will be heading to Alaska and Mississippi to talk about environmental efforts in the oilsands, as well other Canadian provinces.
We're not doing this because we like airplane food," he said.
"We're doing this to protect and grow our markets and defend our province and it's industries."... Read more »
Water is the basis requirement for life itself, and as such, the quality and availability of it must be maintained.
Toxins from the Alberta oilsands are damaging fish in the Athabasca River, say scientists and First Nation representatives.
They're showing the public examples of deformed fish caught in the northern river over the last few years, at the University of Alberta's Lister Centre in Edmonton.
Fish with tumours, deformities and signs of disease or infection were collected from the lower Athabasca River, Athabasca Delta and Lake Athabasca, downstream from the oilsands.
University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler says the National Pollutant Release Inventory, Canada's legislated, publicly accessible record of pollutant releases and transfers, is proof of the harm caused by oilsands' toxins going into the water.... Read more »
Local fishers are finding unhealthy fish has increased substantially. Studies show that the oil sands industry's release of airbourne pollutants could be a factor in the sick fish.
David Schindler said in a press release the National Pollutant Release Inventory "shows that the oil sands industry is releasing large volumes of airborne pollutants." He continued "Peer-reviewed scientific studies show that these substances, which are toxic at low concentrations, are not only from natural sources, but oilsands mining and processing are important additional sources." He added "Deleterious substances have been deposited in the waters in clear violation of the federal Fisheries Act."... Read more »
From Press Conference 16 September 2010
Increasing numbers of unhealthy fish have been reported in the lower Athabasca River, Delta and Lake Athabasca.
University of Alberta researchers documented unhealthy fish during 2008 sampling. These waterbodies are located downstream of oil sands industrial development. Recently, two peer-reviewed publications documented industrial releases of pollutants, which are toxic at low concentrations, to the Athabasca River and its tributaries.
A letter was released at the press conference calling on the Federal Government to establish a fish health monitoring program.
Specimens of unhealthy fish were on display at the press conference. The photos below are the first ones we received here.... Read more »