March 11, 2011

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) welcomed Cenovus Energy Inc. as its newest member this week. WBEA’s membership voted unanimously to accept Cenovus’s application for membership at its 113th General Member’s meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Cenovus operates an enhanced oil recovery project at Christina Lake, 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, where the company drills wells and injects steam to soften the oil and pump it to the surface.

“Cenovus has been operating in the Wood Buffalo region since 2000 and we are committed to applying fresh, progressive thinking to safely and responsibly unlock energy resources,” says Tony Jackson, Cenovus Group Lead, Environmental Operations and Assessment. “Our participation in WBEA will enhance our understanding of regional air quality, and allow us to further contribute to environmental monitoring in the Wood Buffalo region.”

“We are pleased to welcome Cenovus to the WBEA table and we look forward to working with them to gain a more complete picture of regional air quality,” said Carna MacEachern, WBEA Executive Director.

With the addition of Cenovus, WBEA now has a total of 30 members. In late 2010 Environment Canada joined WBEA after the two organizations struck a partnership to carry out joint monitoring study of the dry and wet deposition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at three of WBEA’s air monitoring stations over a period of six months. Environment Canada is also now monitoring total gaseous mercury at WBEA’s monitoring station, located in the Timberlea area of Fort McMurray. WBEA and Environment Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate further partnership work into the future.

For more information contact:

Melissa Pennell
WBEA Communications