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AEMERA being disbanded, monitoring to be done by government

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
AEMERA being disbanded, monitoring to be done by government

Environmental monitoring of the oilsands is about to change.

The provincial government announced Tuesday that the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency is going to be dissolved after a scathing report by an outside observer.

The assessment, conducted by Paul Boothe from the Ivey School of Business in London, Ont., called AEMERA a “failed experiment.” Boothe added that the creation of the arms-length agency was tantamount to “outsourcing a core responsibility of government.”

The report was released Tuesday morning, and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips wasted no time in announcing changes to the monitoring structure.

AEMERA will be disbanded and replaced by a science advisory panel, which will be led by AEMERA’s current Chief Scientist, Dr. Fred Wrona.

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