Alberta shuts down environmental monitoring agency after report
Environment minister says tracking the province's air, land and water is too important to be left to a group outside government.
EDMONTON — Alberta is closing its arm’s-length environmental monitoring agency and moving its work back into government after a critical report.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says tracking impacts on the province’s air, land and water is too important to be left to a group outside government.
She also says that the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency divided the province’s scientific resources and created expensive duplications.
Phillips says a scientific advisory panel will continue to ensure monitoring is done to the highest standards.
The agency was originally set up after widespread criticism of how the government monitored the impact of the oil sands on the regional environment.
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