The Narwhal broke down 8 environmental responsibilities that Alberta’s oil and gas companies can stop doing because of the coronavirus: These are just 8 of those 19 requirements that have been suspended.
A spokesperson for Syncrude, Will Gibson, told The Narwhal, “We understand and know the public expects us to responsibly develop the oil sands, which includes monitoring for potential impacts, but we also want people to recognize that we’re relying on the guidance of Alberta Health Services.”
In one such decision, number 20200501A, the AER declared a state of public health emergency due to both the coronavirus and the likelihood of the flu hitting, while stating that Imperial Oil Resources Limited (Imperial) raised legitimate concerns about its ability to follow monitoring requirements.
Citing the coronavirus epidemic, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) indefinitely suspended 19 environmental monitoring requirements for oil sands producers such as Syncrude, Suncor, Imperial Oil, and CNRL.
In Canada, the oil and gas industry is being considered essential during the time of the coronavirus pandemic.