Media Release - Proposed Alberta methane regulations will not compel industry to accurately report emissions

Open letter to Premier Notley: Fundamental flaw in draft provincial regulations will risk a continued deficiency in accurate reporting and no way to claim reductions of methane emissions.

Edmonton, Alberta (May 30, 2018) – A group of 15 community and environmental organizations across Alberta highlighted a fundamental flaw in the proposed provincial methane regulations in an open letter submitted on May 28, 2018 to Premier Rachel Notley. 

The draft methane regulations risk not achieving equivalency with the federal methane regulations nor even meeting the targets set by the Climate Leadership Plan if oil and gas companies continue the ineffective practice of self-monitoring and reporting on methane leaks. 

“The draft regulations don’t require companies to regularly monitor their operations for intentional and unintentional methane leaks,” read the open letter. 

“This approach – ignoring how much methane escapes into our air – is like driving a vehicle without a speedometer. How can you possibly know if you’re speeding?”

Reducing methane emissions is a critical element of the province’s Climate Leadership Plan. Regulations can contribute to reaching the target of 45 per cent reduction of methane emissions by 2024. 

“Without accurate measurement and reporting by industry, how can the Government of Alberta state with certainty that emissions are being reduced?” continued the open letter. 

“The sad reality is that we will not be able to know. As a result, the draft methane regulations would be ineffective in driving action that meets Alberta’s emissions reduction targets.”

The joint letter was signed by:

Alberta Wilderness Association
Calgary Climate Action Network
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta
The Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter
Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca
Keepers of the Athabasca
Keepers of the Water
Mewassin Community Council
Peace River Environmental Society
Pembina Institute
Progress Alberta
Southern Alberta Group for the Environment

View the complete letter here

Media Contact: Jule Asterisk
Executive Director, Keepers of the Athabasca

Jeff Wiehler