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Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel Public Meeting

May 6 2011 - 9:00am

Presentation spaces are limited, please register ASAP

The Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel will hold a public meeting on Friday, May 6, 2011 in Edmonton at the Coast Plaza Hotel.

The Panel would like to receive input on what Albertans would like to see in a world-class environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. All input will be considered as the Panel develops the framework for an improved environmental monitoring evaluation and reporting system. Read more »

Location

Turner Valley Room, Coast Plaza Edmonton Hotel
10155 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted April 28, 2011 by AEN

Call for Input: Alberta Environmental Monitoring System

Initiative: 
Alberta Environmental Monitoring System
Deadline: 
31 May 2011 (All day)

While this is not a hard deadline, the Panel is expected to issue its report & recommendations in June 2011. Please make your submisssions ASAP.

Alberta’s independent Environmental Monitoring Panel is tasked with developing recommendations for a world-class environmental monitoring evaluation and reporting system. Read more »

Posted April 28, 2011 by AEN

Environmental Assessment Changes: Will They Affect You? (Webinar)

Apr 19 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Are you confused about how recent changes in Environmental Assessment law will affect your practice? Can we expect federal Environmental Assessments to be conducted differently now?

Join Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta on April 19th to find out what changes have been made in the last year and how they will impact the federal environmental assessment process. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2011 by AEN

Pembina Reacts to Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan

24 Mar 2011

Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the Federal Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan:

"This plan is a good step toward providing a credible foundation for the monitoring of the Athabasca River downstream from the oilsands. We hope this plan signals that the federal government is willing to meet its obligations to ensure that oilsands development occurs responsibly and in accordance with Canadians' expectations.

Read more »

Posted March 24, 2011 by AEN

Call for Comments: Jackpine Mine Expansion & Pierre River Mine Projects Public Consultation on Joint Review Agreements

Initiative: 
Jackpine Mine Expansion and Pierre River Mine Projects Public Consultation on Joint Review Agreements
Deadline: 
6 Apr 2011 (All day)

On March 7, 2011, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) released for public comment draft agreements to establish joint panels with Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) for the environmental assessments of two oil sands projects: the Jackpine Mine Expansion and Pierre River Mine projects in northern Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 11, 2011 by AEN

Oil sands monitoring steps laid out by Alberta ENGO

Keys to regaining credibility include establishing baselines, asserting federal leadership, and maintaining scientific independence

8 Mar 2011

The credibility of Alberta's and Canada's attempts to responsibly manage the environmental effects of oil sands development rests on responding to calls for improved monitoring of the Athabasca River. Today Water Matters, an Alberta-based water-policy think-tank, has released Replacing the Oil Sands' Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP) with Effective Environmental Monitoring Solutions, providing recommendations for improving freshwater monitoring system between the Government of Canada and the province of Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 8, 2011 by AEN

Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

28 Jan 2011

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

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