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Alberta, Jun 23 (Canadian-Media): Environmental reporting which had been temporarily paused by government of Alberta during the provincial public health emergency will resume on July 15, four weeks earlier than planned, media reports said.
“The temporary reporting relief provided through Environment and Parks allowed industry time to ensure the health and safety of staff and the communities in which they work. Now that the public health emergency is no longer in effect and Alberta is reopening as part of our phase two relaunch, industry can resume business while keeping communities and employees safe,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks on June 23 in a press release.
Jason Nixon. Image credit: Twitter handle
A three-month extension has been authorized to industry by the Alberta Environment and Parks to submit regulatory reports for emissions reduction achievements and renewable fuel operator compliance by June 30.
All documentation related to Water Act approvals and licences, reports for public land rentals, and reports related to Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act authorizations that were collected since the ministerial order was put in place now need to be submitted.
Although drinking water facilities were not affected by the order, these are still required to submit reports during the pandemic.
Ministerial orders put in place by the Ministry of Energy are also being repealed on July 15, earlier than anticipated.
“There is no higher priority than the safety of workers and the communities they work in. The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic...While we expect precautionary measures to be taken, we have no doubt that industry is more than capable of adapting to these challenges,” said Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy in a new release.