Montreal, 7 August 2014—On 29 July 2014, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) issued a notification in regard to submission SEM-10-002 (Alberta Tailings Ponds), recommending to the Council of the CEC that a factual record is warranted. Specifically, the Secretariat recommends development of a factual record with regard to assertions that Canada is failing to effectively enforce subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act, in relation to alleged leakage of deleterious substances from oil sands tailings ponds into fish-bearing waters in northern Alberta.
The Secretariat is now authorized to make this notification public.
The submission was filed in 2010 by one nongovernmental organization in the United States, one in Canada, and three individuals in Canada.
The Secretariat will develop a factual record if two or more members of the Council—the CEC’s governing body, composed of the highest-ranking environmental officials of Canada, Mexico, and the United States—so decide by 27 October 2014.