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Alberta likely headed into “Park-gate” with overhaul of the parks legislation

4 Nov 2010

Calgary -  Breaking news!  The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now.  Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website.  Those include col­lapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial P Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate” Deal is Dead: Now it is Time to Fix the Real Problem

3 Nov 2010

“Potatogate”, the shady Alberta government deal to sell off 16,000 acres of public land – scarce native grassland and endangered species habitat – has finally been shelved, following an unprecedented public outcry. But while this particular piece of land has received a temporary reprieve, the system which allows for secretive backroom deals to sell off public land, and with no public input, is still very much in place. Read more »

Posted November 3, 2010 by AEN

Weakened policy risks destroying thousands of hectares of Alberta wetlands

Policy ignores input of advisory group and Albertans

29 Oct 2010

CALGARY, AB - After years of delays, the Alberta government has dismissed the no-net-loss recommendation of its own advisory group and is proposing a complex wetland policy that risks the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner confirmed the shift today to a group of stakeholders in Calgary. Read more »

Posted October 29, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to U.S. senators’ environmental concerns with Canadian oilsands

29 Oct 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Danielle Droitsch, U.S. Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to a letter sent by 11 American Senators to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding her department's review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would more than double U.S. imports of Canadian oilsands: Read more »

Posted October 29, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

A major player in the dirtiest electrical energy system in Canada attempts to back out of its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta

27 Oct 2010

EDMONTON, AB – Environmental groups and landowners, alongside major utility companies, are opposing an application by Capital Power to renege on a legal obligation to offset more than half its greenhouse gas emissions from the new Genesee 3 power plant.

If the Alberta Utilities Commission agrees to allow Capital Power to no longer honour this commitment the company will cease to offset 1.34 MT of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of putting 224,000 cars on the road. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate” Continued: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

25 Oct 2010

There appears to have been a major failure to communicate within Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (AB SRD).  A new report Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 was released by the federal, provincial and territorial governments last week. Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

22 Oct 2010

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

Ecojustice calls on Minister Knight to stop land sale

Survey of area, home to several species-at-risk, must be conducted

21 Oct 2010
 

EDMONTON — The Alberta government’s proposed sale of 25 public land plots to SLM Spud Farms is ill-informed and could devastate local species-at-risk, Ecojustice said today.

“At minimum, Alberta must conduct an in-depth survey of the land to determine what exactly it is signing away before the sale is approved,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “As it stands now, the province does not have the necessary information to make an informed, responsible decision.” Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate”: Irreplaceable Public Land to be Sold to Make Potato Chips

21 Oct 2010

In a shocking insult to all Albertans, the provincial government is set to sell off a huge swathe of public land – our land – to a private company, to grow potatoes. Despite the fact that the 16,000-acre parcel of land near Bow Island is valuable native prairie, known to be habitat for a number of endangered species, the sale looks set to go ahead this week with no opportunity for public input. The priceless piece of prairie will be ploughed up to grow potatoes. Read more »

Posted October 21, 2010 by AEN

New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

All federal leaders say more must be done; report outlines Ottawa’s duties under existing federal laws

20 Oct 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Three of Canada's leading environmental organizations released a new report today detailing how federal laws should be enforced to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of oilsands activity. The report follows the federal government's recent acknowledgement, in striking a panel to review pollution in the Athabasca River, of the need for Ottawa to play a greater role in the oilsands. Read more »

Posted October 20, 2010 by AEN

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