Federal Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, has announced the formation of an independent Oilsands Advisory Panel, whose mandate is to provide recommendations on the scientific research and monitoring of environmental effects associated with oilsands development.

Specifically, the Advisory Panel will:

  • Document, review and assess the current body of scientific research and monitoring; and
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses in the scientific monitoring, and the reasons for them.  

The Advisory Panel will report to Minister Prentice with their findings at the end of November. It is expected the focus of the Advisory Panel will be on the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (“RAMP”), a monitoring organization led by industry and Alberta regulatory bodies, as well as the research methodologies of RAMP’s Technical Program Committee.