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Alberta names oilsands climate advisory panel

Posted by on 24/12/2018

The Alberta government has named the members of a panel to advise it on how the oilsands can meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The Oilsands Advisory Group will have representatives from industry, First Nations and environmental groups and have three co-chairs.

The group will advise the government on how best to implement the 100-megatonne cap on emissions on the industry.

It will also look at technological innovation and effective ways to address regional environmental concerns.

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    “The advisory group will help our government address central issues on this key Alberta job creator and economic driver: how to establish and sustain Alberta’s climate leadership among energy-producing jurisdictions; how to better steward our air, land and water; and how to take advantage of current and future market opportunities while meeting the needs of indigenous and non-indigenous communities,” Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips said in a statement Wednesday.

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    The group will be led by David Collyer, former head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

    Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and Tzeporah Berman, a longtime environmental activist and professor of environmental studies at York University, are also co-chairs.

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