“We are monitoring the situation at Imperial Oil’s Kearl project site. Premier Danielle Smith and I have been briefed in the last 24 hours on this situation by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), the arms-length regulatory body overseeing investigation, compliance and enforcement in such matters. We understand from them that remediation is underway, and no contaminated water has entered into the water system or affected human health or wildlife. 

“Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault was offered a briefing today by our government but did not take that opportunity prior to releasing his statement on the matter. 

“The Government of Alberta is standing by to assist the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and other communities in any way necessary should it be required, and we look forward to the results of the AER investigation.

“Inquiries regarding this matter should continue to be directed to the AER as the regulatory body in charge of investigating and overseeing this matter.”