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May 22nd 2020
Recent environmental monitoring exemptions for the oilsands have been broadened to include Alberta’s entire energy industry.
The Alberta Energy Regulator says the decisions, posted Wednesday on its website, are in response to public-health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
They were made to protect those doing the monitoring and the communities they work in, said the regulator’s vice-president, Martin Foy.
“These activities were moving a lot of people from jurisdictions that maybe were a higher risk to smaller communities and potentially putting those communities at risk,” he said Thursday.
“We have assessed the risk associated with the suspensions and found it to be very low.”
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