Watered Down: Overcoming Federal Inaction on the Impact of Oil Sands Development to Water Resources


The Government of the Northwest Territories and experts from the scientific, non-governmental and First Nations communities are now on record. Testimony from these sectors at federal hearings held earlier this year overwhelmingly stated that the damaging impact of oil sands activity on Canada’s water resources required more federal involvement.

Watered Down highlights some of the most compelling testimony from the recent federal hearings by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. From its testimony, Watered Down derives the recommendation that the Government of Canada should live up to its legislative responsibility and substantially increase its role in protecting human health and the environment through the oversight and regulation of the oil sands industry’s impact on fresh water resources and aquatic ecosystems.