OTTAWA, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, and Alberta's Environment and Sustainable
Resource Development Minister, the Honourable Diana McQueen, today
announced that access to federal and provincial environmental
monitoring data on air, water, land and biodiversity in the oil sands
is now available through an online data portal (www.JointOilSandsMonitoring.ca). The new portal represents the next stage of progress for the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring announced in February 2012.
"Today, as the world celebrates Earth Day and showcases commitments to
protecting the environment, Canada is contributing and doing our part,
by delivering on our collective promise to ensure that scientific data
from the monitoring activity is transparent and accessible," said
Minister Kent. "With this portal, our respective governments are
actively encouraging informed discussions and analysis on the impacts
of oil sands development."
"Alberta is proud to co-lead the development and implementation of this
world-class, science-based monitoring program for the oil sands," said
Minister McQueen. "By openly reporting on our data and our progress, we
are ensuring the rest of the world recognizes our commitment to
responsible and sustainable resource development."
The Joint Plan represents a scientific undertaking that is unprecedented
in Canada. It will monitor the impacts of oil sands activity over an
area covering some 140,000 square kilometres.
The information and data portal offers visitors an overview of the
monitoring process along with a map identifying specific water, air,
land and biodiversity monitoring sites and allows users to see what is
being monitored and the data that has been gathered for each site. As
new data is collected, analyzed and validated, it will be posted and be
publicly accessible. The information and data found on the joint portal
will complement what can be found on Alberta's Oil Sands Information
Portal (www.osip.alberta.ca). Together, the two portals ensure all available data pertaining to
environmental monitoring in the oil sands region is publicly
The Joint Plan is being phased in over three years, with work having
begun in 2012. The scope and volume of data on the portal will increase
as the Joint Plan is fully implemented.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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