Mythbusting: Oil Sands Monitoring

oil sands monitoring

The Oil Sands Monitoring Program is a unique, national collaborative effort with multiple partners, including the Alberta Energy Regulator, Indigenous and Métis communities, and industry. It assures the public that oil sands developments are being monitored by a credible source.

More than 50 new technical reports and research papers were published in 2020, adding to the more than 700 technical documents that are freely available through the federal government website. Work also advanced on OSM’s first technical environment report. 

The program measures six core focus areas: 
•    Ambient Air Quality and Deposition - to measure types and levels of emissions in the air and on the landscape.
•    Aquatics - to assess oil sands contribution to changes in surface water quality and quantity, fish health, and benthic invertebrates. 
•    Groundwater Quality - to assess regional chemical and physical properties and oil sands industry’s contribution to change.
•    Wetlands - to monitor the health of the dominant landscape ecosystem of the oil sands region in response to oil sands development. 
•    Terrestrial Biology - to assess wildlife and plant changes due to oil sands development.
•    Community Based Monitoring - to assess priority environmental concerns of Indigenous and local oil sands region communities.

It’s all about monitoring the things we care about so that we can protect them better.

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