The government of British Columbia along with industry representatives have announced the launching of a joint three year air monitoring program in northeastern British Columbia. The program comes as a response to increased oil and gas activity in the region. The program will fund a coordinator to establish working groups to review air quality data and make results accessible to the public. Monitoring is scheduled to begin immediately at two rural locations in the South Peace region.
Initial monitoring will focus on the detection of hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide and volatile organic compounds. Once the program becomes available to larger communities it is anticipated to include broader monitoring of air contaminants, including particulates.