Mon, 8 Sep 2008|
Kate Rich, Acting Director of Strategic Policy and Innovation -- Alberta Environment, is the third of three keynote speakers at the Oil Sands Heavy Oil Technologies conference in Calgary, July 2008.
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I. Yeah. Remind you that we will have time for our questions and answers. After the after the third their presentations will be thinking of the questions you'd like to opposed to Europe. -- to our panelists. Like to thank -- rich from. Alberta environment for joining us today Shannon -- is on your program could make it and Kate Kate is here in matters. Appreciate that very much. She is. Acting director of strategic policy and innovation. In Alberta environment -- oil sands Environmental Management division. There she specializes in contaminant Hydro geology. Part of joining oilsands division she led the water strategy implementation office which involved working with several ministries. An external cardinals partners to lead to government government wide planning and delivery to achieve the goals of water for -- operatives strategy for stand vote. Kate has a bachelor's of science with honors in chemistry geology from queen's university. And a master's in science and earth and atmospheric science from University of Alberta. She started her career in diamond exploration. It has spent the last twelve years practicing environmental geology. Please welcome -- -- -- -- As -- in the inspection and keep rich and without -- environments oil sands Environmental Management division. He's just -- -- -- does -- -- -- and practicing you know murder from elsewhere that it's in new division. TU the government of Alberta. And it's really focused on policy development. Not necessarily the technologies that you heard from -- ICX group's. But again it is -- really policy unions. So I'm pleased to be here to present some -- that we are -- and that are emerging in environmental policy you know -- And down. I'm also pleased to see that one of attacks today is dedicated to the environment and that's when there at the presentations today so that's great. And there's continued in my mental. -- presentations tomorrow at the conference. So. As you've heard -- -- is increasing attention from Albert means Canadians. International community that's on helpers and development. And much attention being very squarely. Environments well. Performance. It's really to answer that. Development -- within the constraints of environments -- that seems to be the common crime to make sure it is sustainable environment. So the government of Alberta along with stakeholders are working aggressively to reduce the environmental footprint associated with the -- ends. And for the -- talking -- -- make it clear it extends from exploration. To mining institute extraction. As well as upgrading much of which -- now bird. So Alberta environment after -- -- many ministries involved in Environmental Management in Alberta. But environments efforts tend to be focused on air quality management. Water management. Land reclamation which includes tailings management. Iran climate change mitigation -- Tahitian. As well as. And you turn its back around nine properties cumulative effects management. And it's not as though. It's separate from air water -- management cumulative effects management is listed separately here to release signal a shift in an approached in Alberta. If -- much sent a project by project. Assessment approval in compliance approach. To development and we're shifting to very holistic -- comes east approach. As -- requires -- crisis to look at regions. And to -- future -- against. As well as district into greet her objectives cost me so -- into -- environment objectives that -- air water I'd ever sticks that are. As well objectives that are integrated across environment -- social needs and -- So my presentation is a very brief introduction to you. How we -- air water McNamee seen and -- g.'s. As well as some emerging policy specialists emerged of his last six to nine months -- -- So for air management's. Air quality is decently managed in Alberta in these ways we set ambient air quality objectives like much of the country and much of the world. And -- -- on protecting human health in the environment. And we also required. The adoption of the TS best available technology -- And so that means -- -- list of went there. We are -- our -- -- capacity limits we do you require. Best available technologies to be implemented so that we minimize emissions. We just don't want to reach our caps he DC that a lot address the world but we do wanna keep clean air is clean and we want to. Allow opportunities for development and not compromised environmental integrity. We did a very strong monitoring and compliance. Function. To ensure people who -- meet the targets that are spent in their approvals and that regional targets. And we must meet our commitments to -- national and regional standards obviously there's some trans boundary issues that we have to account for. And we are committed to meeting those targets in need to meet those commitments. And we need do you it. -- -- Operates on a shared responsibility in partnership approach to many things it environments that we have been building a lot of partnerships specific to air monitoring. And I just listed one example here at the wood buffalo environmental association that operates in the half the vast oil sands area. And as mentioned earlier -- do you. It's a it's a partnership approach with industry he -- -- -- -- was first nations. They -- focus monitoring on a continual beats us. We also monitor at this things outside leukemia but town -- and we do linked to -- real impacts and impacts to water from there. So from the monitoring perspective in the wood buffalo again it's just one example we had similar monitoring associations in the -- -- peace -- in the industrial heartland area. Those of you who aren't from -- the industrial heartland is in the Edmonton region. And it's for much of the upgrading -- occurring. So monitoring through the -- -- environment for association says that since 1995 there have been no changes in the long term. -- caught in the long -- air quality index. And it was mentioned before this is based on five parameters. And four of those -- -- stable but then. And nitrogen dioxide has its own -- pieces but the overall index which is which is the indicator has stayed stable or improvements. In addition we do monitor outside air quality index for specific pattern -- -- only how to get one here. That's eight to -- to so that we do you have sending peace in levels of the -- -- -- in the -- heartland region -- Wallace. The wood buffalo region. So because of these mean the trance are not span but we do want to keep clean clean. That's that's the focus of -- -- so. We had been actively working with state -- to go beyond compliance. And to be mean mean teen and improve our air quality and -- development regions. So here's some new policies -- mountain last six to nine month -- so. So in and October of 2000 -- We released an emission standard -- not gaseous fossil fuels -- -- generation institute production. And up -- was. A new draft was issued in January. 2000 neat and it's Israeli policy netstat. Setting standards her SOT Knox critique that matter and potentially medals that's still under development. And setting performance standards for CO2 capture to be ready for carbon capture and storage for these unions so. It's clear regardless of what the limits are set that the policy objectives in there -- to minimize emissions tinkered conservation and natural gas. To adopt it. -- -- Basic principles that you'll see air water land management. -- is committed to continue some treatment in an environmental apart from an adaptive management. In addition to back iodine. Also. In late 2007. We issued an interim guidelines specifically. For Knox emissions associated with -- -- and turbines. Based on -- -- so again it's our commitment to best available technologies to answer our environment is protected. Finally -- a lot of work in the industrial heartland with respect to air and this is part of a broader picture it wasn't specifically focused on the air. But the government of Alberta several ministries come together to develop -- of the capital region integrated growth management plan. And included environmental social and economic drivers -- given region of the province. -- this signals the basic shift to how we are shifting away from indeed -- you'll. Outcomes that -- conflict -- intend -- mean -- but to look at things in a very integrated regional future focused manner. So that we do you have sustainable development. So was part of the -- Management words it's been a shift from looking at things on the site -- site -- to look at the reaching. In anticipation of the growth. To see what might the collective -- set limits be for this region. And in the first fees the targets have been sat -- the -- geared toward both municipal and industrial. Emitter. And that draft targets are for those -- over a hundred tons per year. Is 25000 tons a year for oxides of nitrogen and 20000. For sulfur dioxide. Those numbers negating validated. And working collaborative -- with industry with NGOs with other governments. As to how to achieve this objective -- policy management -- But again it's founded on the principle ever industrial heartland area. Air is very clean and we would like he.