A new report from the Alliance for the Great Lakes warns that the region is facing a critical choice about whether the Great Lakes should become a thoroughfare for tar sands crude shipping. The report finds that neither the Great Lakes shipping fleet nor its ports were designed to ship tar sands crude over the Great Lakes, and cites serious gaps in the region’s oil-spill prevention and response policies.
The full report is available for download at http://www.greatlakes.org/document.doc?id=1425.
For more information visit http://www.greatlakes.org/tar-sands/report.
The report of Alberta’s Working Group on Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting, with recommendations on the mandate for the monitoring system, guiding principles, funding mechanisms, implementation and coordination.
A discussion paper authored by David Schindler, Andrew Miall and Adele Hurley that describes the history of environmental monitoring in the oil sands, outlines what needs to be monitored and lays out principles to guide development of an effective monitoring and reporting system.
To see the related POWI event, please click here.
Globe and Mail coverage of the “Under New Management? Oil Sands Development as if the Environment Mattered” event.
The Province of Alberta’s oil sands website, with information on monitoring, regulation and economic impacts.