The Alberta Energy Regulator is so concerned about the low water levels on the Athabasca River, it has blocked temporary diversion permits across the region. This means that bridges aren't being cleaned, dust isn't being sprayed down, and drilling operations will need to secure another source of water instead of pumping it out of the river.
Stay tuned to this page for the 1:30 Mountain press release. A digital download will be available HERE at that time, along with a possibility of a live webcast. Later today there will be highlight clips from the conference, in high definition XDCAM format, available to download.
The 'As Long As The Rivers Flow' conference in Fort McMurray got a lot of attention, thanks in part to remarks from the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
But while headlines focused on the criticisms Tutu leveled at the oil industry in northern Alberta, there was plenty more to talk about in Fort McMurray May 31 - June 1.
After heading the foremost fish study in the Athabasca and Slave River systems over the past several years, Dr. Paul Jones said the trends he is seeing in contaminants are not just petrochemical in nature, but likely caused by the oilsands industry.
And then there were none. The Fort McMurray First Nation put the last nail in the coffin of Aboriginal involvement in the federal-provincial Joint Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) program last week, becoming the fifth and final Aboriginal representative to leave the table.