Joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) program releases its year 3 report
JOSM was created in 2012 to monitor the cumulative effects of oil sands development on Alberta's environment. Although tons of data has been collected over the past 25 years, the agency concludes that interpretation and analysis of the data has been lacking and very few definite trends have been observed. Although there is no evidence of increased toxicity and contamination, the report recommends better transparency and the development of clearer environmental goals and objectives.
The final recommendations of the science integrity review are expected in spring 2016.
JOSM is funded by the oil industry and employs primarily environmental scientists.