Forest fires have forced Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources to shut down their oilsands operations near Cold Lake in eastern Alberta, accounting for close to a 10 per cent loss of the province's daily production of oilsands crude.
An important part of Alberta's oilsands air monitoring has been cancelled due to funding problems. In a letter to the province's pollution monitoring agency, the group responsible for air-quality testing says its mobile unit is 'no longer operable.'
The federal government has been trying to hide legitimate concerns about the consequences of oilsands pipelines by keeping under wraps a report on the possible environmental threats such projects pose, critics say.
A vote Tuesday in the European Parliament could reject a compromise draft bill and revive tough fuel quality directive labelling that would target unconventional crude, specifically Alberta's oilsands.