Monitoring the potential environmental impacts of oil sands development using the best available science is a Canadian priority, officials said. A federal report from 2015 finds there to be consistent and ongoing evidence of impacts to the ambient environment from the development of oil sands, the thicker type of crude oil found in most inland Canadian basins. Data show the effects are generally not enough for immediate concern, but it remains essential to work to identify any long-term impacts. The federal government and provincial leaders from Alberta, where most of Canada’s inland oil is found, signed a memorandum of understanding to share the responsibility for long-term environmental monitoring of oil sands development. “Our government is committed to making sure that Canadian resources are developed responsibly […]