Environment and Climate Change Canada works with the province of Alberta, Indigenous peoples and their communities, stakeholders and environmental agencies to monitor oil sands emissions, contaminants and other disturbances in air, water and wildlife populations. The Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Progam (JOSM) publishes data to a regular timetable. COSIA's Monitoring Working Group aligns member's views on the JOSM program, and liaises with JOSM on implementation and technical issues.
The Monitoring Working Group aims to develop aligned industry positions on technical issues related to the design, implementation and ongoing refinement of the JOSM. More specifically the Monitoring Working Group will:
- Develop a risk-based process that will assist in developing aligned positions (and responses) on critical monitoring data interpretation and evaluation issues.
- Develop a decision support planning methodology that will allow COSIA EPAs to identify innovation gaps and associated Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) to fill any gaps identified based on monitoring data.
- Assist industry and governments in using a risk-based monitoring data interpretation and evaluation philosophy.
- Harmonize existing monitoring systems and programs across the oil sands industry so that they are aligned and complimentary to the new monitoring programs under JOSM. This will ensure that monitoring approaches and interpretations can be easily communicated across corporate, political and social boundaries.
The COSIA Director of Monitoring and Risk Assessment (the Director) is this single point of contact. In order to act as focal point and develop these aligned positions amongst COSIA members, the Director is able to harness technical expertise and experience from the numerous company representatives sitting within his working group.