Canada Overhauling Oil Sands Environmental Eval Methods

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Canada’s federal government is proposing to revamp its environmental monitoring plan for the oil sands industry in the wake of various reports showing groundwater contamination in the vicinity, Dow Jones reports.

"We are confident that we can protect the environment while seeing the economic benefits of the oil sands," Environment Minister Peter Kent said after unveiling the plan late Thursday, according to Dow Jones.

The new method involves tracking the environmental effects of Alberta's oilsands to trace contaminants in the Athabasca River back to their source, the Canadian Press reported.