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Federal/ Provincial Governments Sign Agreement Formalizing Oilsands Environmental Responsibility

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Federal/ Provincial Governments Sign Agreement Formalizing Oilsands Environmental Responsibility

The federal and provincial governments are signing a memorandum of understanding for formalizing shared environmental responsibility for the Athabasca oilsands.

On Thursday, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips signed the memorandum as a way to continue providing clear and scientifically rigorous information on the impacts the oilsands have.

Through the agreement, both governments will look at more Indigenous involvement for monitoring priorities and decisions.

“Indigenous peoples are vital partners in managing Alberta’s resource economy. This agreement demonstrates our government’s commitment to reconciliation by creating greater opportunities to use both scientific and traditional knowledge in decisions that affect our environment, our economy and our communities,” said Phillips in a release.

“We know that protecting the environment and growing the economy are two sides of the same coin and that this will improve responsible, sustainable progress on both while creating good jobs for Indigenous people.”

Scientific data taken from the monitoring will help make ‘evidence based development decisions’ for better environmental protections.

“This agreement demonstrates our government’s commitment to reconciliation by creating greater opportunities to use both scientific and traditional knowledge in decisions that affect our environment, our economy and our communities,” said McKenna.

“We know that protecting the environment and growing the economy are two sides of the same coin and that this will improve responsible, sustainable progress on both while creating good jobs for Indigenous people.”

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