Three Creeks community members can test the air they have been
complaining about now that environmental organizations have stepped up
to provide the residents with community air monitors.
have been filing complaints with the Energy Resource Conservation Board
(ERCB) since early 2010, and though many measures have been taken to
identify emission sources of the odours residents have said made them
and their animals sick, to date nothing has been identified.
Canada, Sierra Club Prairie Chapter, Keepers of the Athabasca and
Global Community Monitor – all non-profit environmental groups – have
partnered up to sponsor two initial monitors in the Three Creeks area
and two in the Athabasca region.
The Global Community Monitor
(GCM) is the brainchild of executive director Denny Larson, based out of
San Francisco, California. The goal of the project, which has expanded
worldwide since its introduction in 2001, is to empower residents who
live around industrial projects and say the emissions are making them
sick, to perform tests on the air, independent of government and
At a workshop last week, Larson taught residents how to
collect air samples with his bucket system and fill out logs of the
emissions impact. He also oversaw the formation of a group of residents
responsible for supervising the operation.
After air is
collected, residents are to send it to a lab in California where
following the testing, the data will be reviewed and interpreted by
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