Sour gas leaks and emissions in Alberta
Petition: No. 5
Issue(s): Air quality
Petitioner(s): Canadian resident
Date Received: 9 April 1997
Summary: The petition raised concerns about the health effects of sour gas leaks and emissions in northwest Alberta. The petitioner was unable to resolve the problem by dealing with the responsible parties or the Alberta government and asked the federal government to get involved.
Federal Departments Responsible for Reply: Natural Resources Canada
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The petition raises concerns about the health effects of sour gas leaks and emissions in Northwest Alberta. The petitioner has been unable to resolve the problem by dealing with the responsible parties or the Alberta government and asks the federal government to get involved. The petitioner requests that the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development hold a public inquiry to halt the oil and gas industry in the region, until the damage can be assessed.
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The minister replied that the environmental matter raised in the petition submitted did not fall under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board. The minister stated that Section 92(a) of the Constitution Act gives provincial legislatures the exclusive jurisdiction to legislate on the exploration for non-renewable natural resources within the provinces. The minister further clarified that any federal intervention in this matter would therefore be unconstitutional.
[Dated 30 April 1997]