The Canadian Press reports today that, "Alberta has released a 20-year plan intended to give its oilsands developments a cleaner environmental image around the world, but the strategy is light on specifics."
The article notes, "A government report Thursday calls for action to reduce emissions, curb fresh water use and cut tailings produced by oilsands projects. But the 50-page document offers no details on how measures to achieve these goals would be enforced."
"There are several points in the report dealing with curbing the huge volumes of fresh water used during the processing of tar-like bitumen, but the report has no clear goals or targets. 'Maximize water conservation, efficiency and productivity in the mineable oilsands sector to the lowest water use achievable,' it says. 'Identify the amount of fresh water and saline groundwater available in the oilsands regions to ensure water supplies are managed sustainably.'"
"The report says Alberta should require 'reclamation of tailings to occur at the same rate or faster than production of new tailings on a regional basis'."