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New study to examine effects of oil and gas flares

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Truckers spending lots of time running the oilfields may want to keep an eye on a new study that...


EDMONTON, Alta. — Truckers spending lots of time running the oilfields may want to keep an eye on a new study that will examine the effects of oil and gas flares on animals.

The Alberta government is chipping in on the project, in hopes other western provinces will do so as well.

The $19-million study aims to determine whether oil and gas emissions have a detrimental effect on animal and human health.

“It’s being billed as the study to end all studies,” says Chris Severson-Baker, policy analyst at the Pembina Institute. However, he tells local media that there are some holes. “The study is too limited to really do that,” he adds, noting that researchers won’t even be looking for pollutants in animal tissues.


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