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Action Alert: AER Regulatory Excellence—Take the Survey Now

From Duncan Kenyon, Program Director, Unconventional Oil and Gas:

The AER is wrapping up its work on its Best in Class project (now Regulatory Excellence), and they are conducting a survey to gather feedback from external stakeholders.

As you know the AER now has considerable responsibility wrt to environmental issues and impacts with oil and gas development, and it would be fair to say that they have struggled to implement this new responsibility in the organization. 

As the outcomes from Regulatory Excellence project will be the guiding Strategic document for the AER over the next few years, it is critical that the Alberta environmental community provide feedback including strong suggestions on how the AER can implement and deliver on its environmental mandate.

If you haven’t already responded to the survey and you can find some time in the next week, it would be great if we could provide a strong ENGO perspective.

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Posted November 13, 2015 by russ

ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Participant Funding Available for Public Comment on the Upcoming Environmental Assessment

Grassy Mountain Coal Project
31 Aug 2015 (All day)

OTTAWA, July 16, 2015 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the public and Aboriginal groups in participating in the environmental review of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, near Blairmore, Alberta. Read more »

Posted July 20, 2015 by AEN

Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project: Public Comments Invited on Additional Information

Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project
1 Aug 2015 (All day)

July 2, 2015 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency invites the public to comment on athe project update and information request responses submitted by the proponent, Teck Resources Ltd., for the environmental assessment by review panel of the proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project in northern Alberta.

The proponent recently provided a project update as well as responses to the supplemental information requests sent by the Agency to the proponent in February 2015. Read more »

Posted July 5, 2015 by AEN

Notice of Application: Mildred Lake Expansion Project, Syncrude Canada Limited

Mildred Lake Extension Project
2 Mar 2015 - 16:00

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1820856, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 00000026-034 and Water Act Applications No. 00263298-005 and 00363203-001 from Syncrude Canada Limited (Syncrude) for approval of its Mildred Lake Extension (MLX) project. The AER is reviewing the applications together with the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report. Read more »

Posted January 29, 2015 by AEN

Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring 2015

Feb 17 2015 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

You’re invited to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s (ABMI) 2nd annual Speakers' Series “Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring 2015”!

Join the ABMI and emcee Brian Keating (host of Going Wild!) for an engaging series of presentations and discussion at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences lecture theatre at the University of Alberta. Read more »


Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences Lecture Theatre 1-430
11455 Saskatchewan Drive (University of Alberta)
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 20, 2015 by AEN

Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium

Feb 24 2015 (All day) - Feb 25 2015 (All day)

The Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium will be held on February 24-25, 2015 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

This two-day event will feature technical presentations on monitoring activities and results collected during the three year Joint Canada/Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM). Scientists will present findings related to: air, water, biodiversity and wildlife health, monitoring standards and protocols, and innovative monitoring tools and techniques.

The symposium is designed for individuals interested in the scientific basis of oil sands monitoring including: environmental consultants; researchers from academic institutions, non-profit organizations, industry and government agencies; First Nations and Metis organizations; as well, students, instructors and others in the academic community and any group interested in oil sands monitoring results are encouraged to attend. 

There is no cost to attend this event; however, participants must register in advance.


Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted December 23, 2014 by AEN

Public Comment Period: Technical Guidance for Assessing Cumulative Environmental Effects

Technical Guidance for Assessing Cumulative Environmental Effects
30 Jun 2015 (All day)

From the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency:

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency today issued the draft "Technical Guidance for Assessing Cumulative Environmental Effects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012" (Technical Guidance).

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Posted December 23, 2014 by AEN

Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announces best-in-class project

12 Nov 2014

Calgary, Alberta (Nov 12, 2014)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) today announced a project that will provide the organization with the necessary tools and framework to become a best-in-class energy regulator.

Following a competitive bidding process, the AER selected the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation to undertake the best-in-class project.

The best-in-class project has three main objectives: Read more »

Posted November 13, 2014 by AEN

Call for Comments: Off-Stream Reservoir Project Proposed Terms of Reference for Environmental Impact Assessment

Alberta Transportation Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project Proposed Terms of Reference for Environmental Impact Assessment
14 Nov 2014 (All day)

Public Notice

The Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project was identified as a part of the Government of Alberta’s 2014 flood mitigation study. It is located at legal land location 24-24-4-W5M in Rocky View County, 11 kilometres west of Calgary and 18.5 kilometres upstream from the Glenmore Reservoir. This Project considers diverting extreme flood flow from the Elbow River into an off-stream reservoir where it would be temporarily contained and later released back into the Elbow River after the flood peak has passed. Read more »

Posted October 22, 2014 by AEN

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