The longer monitoring has been in situ, the more easily we will detect changes. In trends following any short-term pause of knowledge collection. Conversely, all monitoring and reporting requirements remain in situ where we lack historical data. Where contamination already exists, or for protected areas like Alberta’s World Heritage Sites.
These decisions enable the industry to follow the general public health orders without being in noncompliance with our requirements. It helps us to stop people from working in close quarters, helps prevent people from traveling. From around and out of doors Alberta, and reduces the danger – where possible – of spreading the virus to northern and rural Alberta communities. This protects both the workers and therefore the communities. They’re working in and traveling through. Which successively protects the health and safety of all Albertans.
In response to those changes, Alberta’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Fred Wrona, says that temporary suspensions in select environmental monitoring programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is low-risk and will not significantly compromise as well as the integrity of Alberta’s long-term environmental information systems. Dr. Wrona also noted that these are unprecedented times and that we got to still work with relevant government organizations, communities, and our monitoring partners to make sure we continue protecting the environment alongside human health.
The Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta recently announced stage 2 of relaunch will begin on June 12. The AER will review the updated public health direction and can be assessing. The way to adjust the temporary suspensions to align thereupon direction.
The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon as well as the resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.