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Lecture 5

GEO 702 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Ob River, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Environmental Impact Assessment

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GEO 702
Abednego Aryee

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Lecture #5
-Alberta Oil sand video; tipping point video. Key terms:
many minors in the oil field diagnosed with cancer
Lake afabasca (need to be googled)
Banning harmful phosphates and detergents
Toxins in the river of afabasca
Axon Valdez oil spill
Tar sands
The natural run off claim of the factories or oil sand wells
Stad oil annual general meeting
How do we extract oil without environmental impact
Environmental impact assessment:
The process of identifying, predicting evaluating and mitigating the biophysical social and relevant effects of the
development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitment made.
EIA is a political tool used by companies.
-NAPA national environmental protection act 1969: systematic procedure established to determine the potential
impact of development on environment.
-Canada established a science/ cultural and information committee to do the environmental review process in
1973. They weren't legally binding or formal and it was voluntary by companies. It was applied to few projects;
the first one was (Faferty Alamed dam Saskatchewan and Old man river project in Alberta.
-In 1992 Environmental assessment impact act by Canada Bill C-78; it let down the legal framework conducting
environmental impact assessment. It ensure that project are considered in a careful and precautionary manner
before federal authorities can take action. It also encourages responsible authorities to take action that
promotes sustainable development. It also promoted coordination between federal and provincial government
on environmental assessment.
It ensure development in Canada wont cost considerable environmental effects.
-In 1994 the Canadian environmental assessment agency; to review impact statement submitted by companies
to determine if they meet the permit conditions. (Canadian environmental assessment agency)
-In 1999 Bill C-13: act design to amend the Canadian environmental assessment act in order to cooperate
public consultation.
Principles of EIA :
1- EIA is stipulated in provincial legislation; roles of government blah .......
2-To have suitable procedures for data collection, analysis and presentation of resources.
3-Hence, every impact statement should clearly outline the data needed and what form it is and the goal
objective should be accomplished and also ensure there is adequate public participation through an open
process of consultation because their presence legitimate the project assessment, they'll protest.
4- it should be practical in solving a particular problem.
It also should not be static By content revision of the plan when info and knowledge are gathered about the
EIA best practice principle:
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