Commission Air Monitoring Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL)

The Commission Air Monitoring Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL - pictured right) assists the Commission in determining potential sources of airborne contaminants within communities that do not have fixed monitoring stations. CAMEL contains a suite of sensory equipment to measure air pollutants as low as parts per billion (ppb) concentrations and can be deployed to communities concerned about air pollution due to oil and gas activity.

What can CAMEL measure?

CAMEL is designed to measure the following air pollutants and atmospheric conditions:

Air Pollutants

  • Particulate matter – with breakdowns for PM2.5, PM10 and PM10 to PM2.5 size fractions
  • Ozone
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Total Reduced Sulphur
  • Hydrocarbons
  • BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl-benzene, Xylene)
  • Light scattering

Atmospheric Conditions

  • Temperature
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Solar radiation (pyranometer)
  • Rainfall

How is the air monitoring data used?

Once the data is verified, it can be used to:

  • Determine the 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.
  • Provide ambient air monitoring results to the community in an open and transparent manner.
  • Determine where long-term air monitoring may be warranted and what parameters should be measured.
  • Address air contaminant issues in cooperation with government, industry and community - make improvements to the way the oil and gas industry is managed within British Columbia as appropriate.

Where has CAMEL been so far?

CAMEL is designed to be transported to a fixed location in order to monitor and assess local air quality.

To date, CAMEL has been deployed in the following locations: Taylor, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd.

The data will be verified and made publicly available.

For further information contact: 

Reg Marquardt,, 250 794-5308
Environmental Response Specialist

Tony Wakelin,, 250 419-4467
Airshed Specialist