Panel to decide best way to monitor environment

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has struck a panel of experts to figure out the best way to monitor and report on the environment.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has struck a panel of experts to figure out the best way to monitor and report on the environment.

Environment Minister Diana McQueen says the group also is to establish a stable base of revenues to support that research.

The six-member panel — made up of scientific, regulatory and academic experts — will be run by former University of Lethbridge president Howard Tennant.

It is to report back to government by the end of June.

The panel follows up on a joint announcement made last month by McQueen and federal counterpart Peter Kent.

They announced an expanded plan to be rolled out over the next few years to better monitor the effects of the oilsands region on air, land and water.

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