Consulting firm receives oil sands contract

A Summerland business has received a contract from Environment Canada to be part of an environmental monitoring study.

A Summerland business has received a contract from Environment Canada to be part of an environmental monitoring study for the Alberta oil sands.

Cordillera Consulting, which has been operating in Summerland for 15 years, received the contract to be part of a “World Class Environmental Monitoring Study.”

The monitoring contract is worth more than $250,000 over three years and adds to the roster of Cordillera’s monitoring projects.

Cordillera Consulting is a specialized laboratory which processes freshwater aquatic samples from lakes and rivers.

The macroinvertebrates (insects, crustaceans etc.) in the samples can give an accurate indication of the health of aquatic ecosystems for ecological values.

Cordillera has a staff of eight people.

“This contract is a continuation of work we have already been doing in the oil sands/Athabasca region with Environment Canada and it is good for being able to plan into the future to have a three year contract now,” said Sue Salter, owner of Cordillera Consulting. “It is also exciting to be part of a team of Scientists from across Canada who will be examining environmental impact of the oil sands.”