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COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Fed Gov't Scientific Panel

Action Required Until Effects Understood

30 Sep 2010

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie, had to the following to say about the Federal Government appointment of a scientific panel to study the effects of tar sands.

"Although the appointment of this panel is a quiet admission by the federal government that tar sands are adversly affecting Northern Alberta,  it does not go far enough to ensure there will be no further damage. If the government seriously wishes to address the environmental and health concerns of local people on a comprehensive scale, they would call for an immediate moratorium on all new approvals and construction until the effects of existing projects are clearly understood and the harm mitigated. In the immediate, this means saying no to the Total application for the Joslyn North Mine Project open pit mine."

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Posted September 30, 2010 by AEN

Wednesday James Cameron has his chance to speak to Government, Today, public in Edmonton has theirs: LAR Public Consultations

GoA invites public input on future of Lower Athabasca

28 Sep 2010

Edmonton, AB:  Today, Tuesday, September 28, the Government of Alberta is holding, as part of the month long public consultation process throughout Alberta, a Public Consultation in Edmonton to and inviting citizens to express their views on the recommendations for the new Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.  CPAWS will be there, with a lot to say. (Link to recommendations: http://landuse.alberta.ca/RegionalPlans/LowerAthabasca/documents/LARP-Vi...) Read more »

Posted September 28, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: NDP report highlights growing evidence of oilsands impacts on Canada’s freshwater

24 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to today's release of the NDP minority report on the findings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development's study of the impact of oilsands development on Canada's freshwater. Read more »

Posted September 24, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Suncor achieves solid surface on Tailings Pond 1

23 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Marlo Raynolds, executive director of the Pembina Institute, responded to today's announcement that Suncor has achieved a solid surface for its "Pond 1" tailings pond.

"We need to see very serious improvement in the environmental management of tailings. Suncor's announcement that the tailings in Pond 1 have been solidified represents progress and does reduce the environmental risk. Read more »

Posted September 23, 2010 by russ

Upcoming Alberta Ecotrust events - webinars, Maximizing Engagement 2010

Pull out your calendars, clear your schedule and join us for these great events!

Posted September 23, 2010 by russ

U.S. decisions on tar sands imports will impact First Nations communities, leaders say

22 Sep 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. officials heard first-hand this week how their decisions about importing oil from the Canadian tar sands are affecting First Nations communities on both sides of the border.

A delegation of Canadian and American First Nations leaders met with officials at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the State Department, the Department of Interior and others. They also discussed their experiences and concerns with the staff of key congressional representatives and non-governmental organizations. Read more »

Posted September 22, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Total oil sands panel adjourns hearing

22 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB - Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to yesterday's decision by the Joint Review Panel reviewing the Total Joslyn North Mine to adjourn the hearing in order to deliberate upon a number of important and complex rulings on matters including questions of constitutional law and filings of information.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (Pembina Institute, Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and Fort McMurray Environmental Association) had filed a motion arguing the hearing be adjourned. Read more »

Posted September 22, 2010 by AEN

TOTAL North Mine Project Hearing Adjourned

21 Sep 2010

FT. MCMURRAY, EDMONTON - Following a day of legal arguments, the Joint Review Panel for Total's Joslyn Mine hearing has adjourned to review a number of concerns including the Constitutional Question of Treaty Rights infringements raised by Mikisew Cree and the inadequacy of the environmental assessment provided by Total as raised by the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition. Read more »

Posted September 22, 2010 by AEN

Adjourn Tar Sands Hearings Says Sierra Club Prairie

21 Sep 2010

FORT MCMURRAY, EDMONTON — The Panel reviewing the Total Joslyn North tar sands mine  should adjourn its hearings until a sustainability framework is prepared says Sierra Club Prairie. Read more »

Posted September 21, 2010 by russ

Oil Sands Environmental Coalition files motion requesting panel adjourn Total oil sands hearing

Flawed environmental assessment is illegal, groups say

21 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Today, on the first day of the Total E&P Joslyn North Mine hearing in Fort McMurray, lawyers for the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC) filed a motion arguing the hearing, which will determine whether the project goes ahead, be adjourned based on Total's deficient environmental impact assessment.

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Posted September 21, 2010 by russ

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