We need regulators, not cheerleaders
Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent and his Alberta counterpart Diana McQueen are expected to unveil a new Tar Sands monitoring program Friday afternoon.
“It's time politicians put down their oil industry cheering pompoms and start enforcing the rules and regulations that are already in place,” says John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
While Sierra Club Canada is not against an improved monitoring program, Mr. Bennett says: “It's imperative the $50-million a year program be totally financed by big oil and completely independent and free of government and industry interference.”
Mr. Bennett says Alberta and the federal government have no credibility after years of blind support for the unsustainable expansion of the Tar Sands: “We will have no confidence in this scheme unless all data is gathered independently, is publicly available, is backed-up by enforced regulation, and overseen by a broad stakeholder committee not dominated by industry and its surrogates.”
"To be credible, governments -- especially ministers responsible for environment -- cannot continue to participate in the oil industry’s propaganda campaign. Regulators can't be cheer leaders,” said Mr. Bennett.
For background information see the latest blog posts of John Bennett.
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
Ottawa, Alberta to unveil oil-sands monitoring strategy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 3, 2012