Ottawa requests joint ‘working group’ on oilsands contamination with Alberta

The federal atmosphere minister desires to arrange a brand new group with the Alberta authorities and Indigenous communities to observe contamination issues within the oilsands.

Steven Guilbeault proposed the thought to his provincial counterpart, Sonya Savage, in a letter dated yesterday obtained by The Canadian Press.

In it, he says two releases of oilsands tailings from Imperial Oil’s Kearl oilsands mine and delays in informing individuals have brought about Indigenous teams to lose belief.

Guilbeault desires a joint federal-provincial-Indigenous physique, with enter from trade, to debate enhancing tailings pond remediation and containment, in addition to spill or seepage notifications.

Guilbeault’s letter refers to Ottawa’s tasks in defending fish habitat and treaty rights, each of which can have been affected by the Kearl releases.

A response from Savage’s workplace was not instantly accessible.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed March 17, 2023.


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