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North Saskatchewan Region – Time to speak up for Headwaters, Bighorn, Foothills and Parkland

From: Joanna Skrajny, AWA Conservation Specialist

This is an important opportunity to speak up and contact your elected representatives. It is up to each and every one of us to ensure that the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan protects our headwaters, foothills, parkland, rivers and the wildlife that depend on these areas. As Earth Day approaches, I hope you will take a few moments to send in your comments, or even better call or write your MLA – they are waiting to hear from you! Read more »

Posted April 30, 2018 by AEN

Condolences—10 years After International Tailings Duck Disaster

30 Apr 2018

Guided by both Indigenous Elders’ Traditional Knowledge and western science, the Keepers of the Athabasca (2006) are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land, air, and all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River watershed. Read more »

Posted April 30, 2018 by AEN

Proposed Alberta methane regulations are a made-in-Alberta approach that fails to consider Albertans

Reducing methane emissions could protect our air and climate, create jobs and increase royalties. Alberta’s draft regulations will continue the practice of ineffective self-policing by oil and gas companies.

27 Apr 2018

Edmonton, Alberta—Alberta’s proposed methane regulations are a missed opportunity to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets while protecting our environment, creating jobs and collecting royalties from wasted natural gas. And by relying on oil and gas companies to self-report their own emissions, the draft regulations will likely fail to achieve the targets they were created to meet. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2018 by AEN

New federal methane regulations a vital step in implementing Canada’s climate plan

Canada becomes global leader with world’s first comprehensive federal methane regulations

27 Apr 2018

EDMONTON — Duncan Kenyon, program director for responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Canada’s methane regulations announced today:

“The Pembina Institute applauds the federal government for making Canada the first country in the world to commit to national methane regulations. While other countries have implemented similar controls, none are as comprehensive as Canada’s. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2018 by AEN

Strong methane regulations the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to protect our environment, say 16 Alberta organiations

Joint letter urges the alberta government to seize the economic and environmental opportunity available by enacting strong methane regulations to capture wasted natural gas

15 Mar 2018

Edmonton, Alberta—16 community and environmental organizations from across Alberta are calling on the province to implement mandatory methane regulations to reduce climate pollution from the oil and gas sector, help meet the Province's emission reduction targets, capture valuable natural gas this is currently wasted and catch up to other leading energy-producing jurisdictions.  

A joint letter was submitted on March 9, 2018 to the Alberta government to inform the development of the Province's new methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. Read more »

Posted March 15, 2018 by AEN

Canada still failing Wood Buffalo National Park a year after UN report

14 Mar 2018

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — On the anniversary of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna characterizing an international report that concluded governments have failed to protect Wood Buffalo National Park as a “call to action”, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental groups is still waiting for that action. Read more »

Posted March 15, 2018 by AEN

Bighorn Regional Advisory Committee advice out of step with most Albertans

8 Mar 2018

On Wednesday the province of Alberta released advice from the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the North Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan, including an area known as the Bighorn Backcountry.

“This is advice given to a previous government and does not reflect the outlook of most Albertans about the importance of parks, wildlife and water,” says Stephen Legault, program director at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Read more »

Posted March 15, 2018 by AEN

Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

21 Jun 2017

Albertans face unacceptable risks from unfunded oil sands mine clean-up costs. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes it is time for tar sands mine operators to pay full security for their clean-up obligations and remove this burden from the public.  Read more »

Posted June 22, 2017 by AEN

Action Alert: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the- board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2017 by AEN

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation – Report release event

12 Jan 2017

Keepers of the Water is working to address concerns brought forward by Traditional Ecological Knowledge holders in Northern Alberta with our partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. 

At our Keepers IX Gathering in 2015, concerns were expressed about the clean-up of pipeline spills. Many thousands of spills have taken place in the Hay River Basin area; these have been spills of oil, diluent, produced water, and combinations of these. Local communities and Traditional Knowledge Holders are concerned about the clean up process after pipeline spills. While in some cases clean up has been certified as ‘complete’ by the Alberta Energy Regulator, ecological effects and residual contamination persist after remediation. Read more »

Posted January 12, 2017 by AEN

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