Three Creeks/Reno area residents are breathing air heavily affected by tar sands open lid tanks; More than 600 complaints over two years lead to little if any change in pollution control

Interpreting air quality around Three Creeks by Logan Clow, January 16, 2013, Peace River Record-Gazette
Frustration and more questions than answers came following a presentation from Dr. Ian Johnson at McKinney Hall, outside of Three Creeks last Thursday (Jan. 10). … Johnson has performed air quality testing that correlates to industrial activity and has also been involved with appeals to Alberta Environment (now ESRD) and the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in the Cold Lake Oil Sands area. … “It’s obvious from the methane numbers or concentration we’re seeing, the air they’re (the residents) breathing is heavily affected by what’s coming from the tar sand facilities….”

“We’re also all working co-operatively with both industry and residents to kind-of get to the bottom of this odour issue in the region. This is been an issue that has been on going and we want to ensure as ESRD that the community needs are met in the long-term. So, the Minister of Energy (Ken Hughes) has asked the ERCB to develop an approach to mitigate the emissions issue in the region. So, we’ve been, as (ESRD) sharing our data and findings,” she said. … “It’s a very comprehensive system for managing air pollution,” said Ikhalo.

“All the doors seemed to be closed. The regulatory bodies are not doing their job and we have gotten very little response – the premier (Alison Redford) has not responded to us,” a frustrated Vivianne Laliberte told the Record-Gazette following the meeting.

The ERCB has responded to more than 600 complaints, 400 inspections and 1,300 investigations in the Three Creeks/Reno area.
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