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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

Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

28 Jan 2011

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on approval of Total Joslyn Mine

27 Jan 2011

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about the approval of Total's Joslyn Mine.

"Merely minutes after celebrating the creation of an oil dominated advisory panel the Provincial government fell further from their 'world class' ideals and signed off on another toxic tar sands mine under an admittedly broken system. The Joslyn North mine puts downstream communities at risk for further treaty rights violations, further health problems, and further environmental damage. It's time this government learns to subtract from their problems rather than continuing to add to them, because disappointingly the only thing 'world class' coming out of this government is deception."

For further comment call Sheila at 780-660-0312

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Rob Renner's appointment of tar sands monitoring review committee

27 Jan 2011

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about Environment Minister Rob Renner’s tar sands monitoring announcement: 

 "It is frustrating to see the environment minister promise Albertan's a 'world class' monitoring system for future environmental stewardship and yet stake their advisory committee with the interests of big oil. Albertan's should be outraged by the appointment of Industry interests such as TransCanada Corporation, Tailsman Energy and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on this committee and yet once again we see the marginalization of local people and Indigenous knowledge holders."  Read more »

Posted January 27, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

25 Jan 2011

Clare Demerse, associate director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the "Parallel Paths" report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE):

"This report raises some fundamental questions about the government's longstanding policy of waiting for the U.S. before implementing strong climate policies in Canada. Read more »

Posted January 25, 2011 by AEN

Green Budget Coalition's Recommendations for Budget 2011

The Green Budget Coalition, comprising 21 leading Canadian environmental and conservation organisations, is pleased to share its Recommendations for Budget 2011, detailing their recommendations for the 2011 federal budget.

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

19 Jan 2011

EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more »

Posted January 20, 2011 by AEN

Opposition to ERCB Plans to Increase Oil & Gas Well Densities in Alberta

19 Jan 2011

New proposals from Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) to increase well densities throughout Alberta ignore all of the possible negative effcets that more wells and more infrastructure are likely to have on everything from wildlife to native grasslands to groundwater. In a letter to ERCB, dated January 18 2011, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) details its objections to the drastic proposals. 

AWA's comments to ERCB include: Read more »

Posted January 19, 2011 by AEN

Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

17 Jan 2011

VANCOUVER — An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog.

The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government failed to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada. Read more »

Posted January 17, 2011 by AEN

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