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Minister vows not to let emissions rules hamper oil-sands investment

Citing the tentative economic recovery, new Environment Minister Peter Kent says the Harper government will not impose any greenhouse-gas reductions on the oil patch that discourage investment.

Canada, which has committed to roughly matching U.S. efforts on fighting climate change, is watching carefully as the Obama administration rolls out new emission rules for power plants and refineries.

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Posted January 12, 2011 by Anonymous

Sask. family demands answers on carbon capture and storage risks

11 Jan 2011

REGINA — A Saskatchewan family has demanded a full public investigation of documented problems on its Weyburn property, located on top of a Cenovus Energy carbon capture and storage site, in light of independent research that indicates unnaturally high levels of CO2 in the area’s soil.

Cameron and Jane Kerr first noticed changes in surface water and well water on their property in 2004, one year after CO2 injections in the area began, and reported these incidents to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources. Read more »

Posted January 11, 2011 by AEN

Matters and others appeal to the EAB to turn down precedent setting transfer on the Bow

Water licence change threatens Bow River: Approval would grant irrigation district power to assign industrial water rights

21 Dec 2010

CALGARY — Ecojustice is appealing recent amendments to the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) water licence that would give the District power to function as a water broker and supplier without accountability to the environmental health of the region’s water quality and ecosystems.

Ecojustice filed the appeals with the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board on behalf of Water Matters, the Alberta Wilderness Association, Trout Unlimited Canada and three individuals. Read more »

Posted December 21, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Alberta Environment oilsands monitoring announcement

20 Dec 2010

CALGARY, AB — Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst for the Pembina Institute responded to Alberta Environment's announcement of a provincial environmental monitoring panel.

"It is a step forward for the Alberta government to concede that the current monitoring system for the oilsands is inadequate, but this announcement needs to be kept in perspective. The government has asked for recommendations for a world-class monitoring system, but it's uncertain when or even whether they will be implemented.

 

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Posted December 20, 2010 by AEN

NEB rejects greener energy future for Mackenzie

17 Dec 2010

EDMONTON — The National Energy Board’s approval of the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) flies in the face of the Board’s stated commitment to sustainability and overturns years of study by a review panel, Sierra Club Prairie said today. Read more »

Posted December 20, 2010 by AEN

New report highlights gaps in Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline application

16 Dec 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A report released by the Pembina Institute today reveals gaping holes in Enbridge's application to build the Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline from Alberta to B.C.'s North Coast. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2010 by AEN

Royal Society Report on Tar Sands ignores Traditional Knowledge

Indigenous Peoples, Community Members and Allies raise concerns

15 Dec 2010

EDMONTON, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - The Royal Society of Canada report on the tar sands released today, spurred concern by directly impacted communities and allies today as conclusions were put forward around the impacts of tar sands development within the region. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

15 Dec 2010

Edmonton - The Royal Society of Canada report on the tar sands validates the concerns of Sierra Club Canada in calling for improved environmental assessment, enforcement of regulations, studies of impacts on ground and surface water  and monitoring of health impacts.

"Repeated throughout the report is a call for more study of the impacts and greater access to information," said John Bennett. Read more »

Posted December 15, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Royal Society of Canada’s report on oilsands impacts

Expert science panel confirms serious gaps in government oversight of oilsands development

15 Dec 2010

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director and Jennifer Grant, oilsands director of the Pembina Institute made the following statements in response to the release of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel findings on Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry:

"Today the scientists of the Royal Society of Canada confirmed that there are many serious gaps in the environmental assessment, regulation and monitoring of Canada's oilsands industry," said Simon Dyer. 

 

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Posted December 15, 2010 by AEN

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