Mobile Air Monitoring

Commission Air Monitoring Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL)

The Commission's Air Monitoring Mobile Laboratory (CAMEL) is a mobile unit equipped with a full suite of sensory equipment capable of measuring air pollutants as low as parts per billion (ppb) concentrations. 

CAMEL is one example of how we can respond to a community's air quality concerns in relation to oil and gas development. CAMEL assists in determining potential sources of airborne contaminants within communities that do not have fixed monitoring stations.

Roaming Air Monitor (RAM)

The Commission has a second mobile air quality monitoring unit - a van based rig called the Roaming Air Monitor (RAM). 

RAM is capable of powering its specialized equipment using self-contained batteries, vehicle alternator power, or a standard 120 volt power connection. RAM can be quickly deployed to monitor air quality in response to community concerns or situations where there could be impacts on ambient air quality from oil and gas activities.

How Does the Commission Use Air Monitoring Data?

Once collected and verified, data can determine root causes that affect air quality (emission releases come from a host of sources that may or may not be attributed to oil and gas operations). The data also determines where long-term air monitoring may be warranted, what parameters should be measured, and aids in assessing trends in relation to expanded development. 

When making decisions for future CAMEL deployments, the Commission is open to engagement with communities to ensure its mobile units are used to their maximum potential in key areas.

Sharing Air Monitoring Data

CAMEL has been deployed to several locations throughout northeast B.C., and the Commission provides the ambient air monitoring results to the public. Summary information on the monitoring performed by CAMEL is accessible using the Commission Air Tool (CAT), an interactive, web-based map.

As RAM is newer, the Commission is working to capture, validate and share its air monitoring data with the public. 

For further information on CAMEL or RAM, contact air.monitoring@bcogc.ca

For further information on CAMEL or RAM, contact air.monitoring@bcogc.ca