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Healing Walk Past Toxic Tailings Ponds

13 Aug 2010

"This is not a protest, but a way to help heal what has been destroyed and to give each other the spiritual strength to carry on."

Fort McMurray – First Nations, Metis elders, community members and other supporters will take part in a 13-kilometre 'healing walk' tomorrow that will pass by the vast tar sands operations of Syncrude and Suncor - once prime First Nation berry picking and hunting ground - to bring attention to the devastation of land andwater and to show the real suffering that comes with tar sands development. Read more »

Posted August 13, 2010 by AEN

Pembina and Water Matters React: Noncompliance with tailings Directive 074 a growing concern

11 Aug 2010

CALGARY, ALBERTA — Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, and Joe Obad, associate director of Water Matters, responded to today's announcement that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands tailings plan:

“While the ERCB has rejected certain elements of Imperial’s deficient approach to addressing tailings (the toxic liquid waste produced by oil sands mining operations), the approval of the plan is troubling,” Dyer noted, adding, “since it does not appear to be compliant with Directive 074 until eight years from now (2018).”

"It seems like environmental compliance remains flexible in Alberta, which should be a concern to all Albertans and Canadians,” Obad said. “Directive 074 was a meaningful step taken by the government to reduce toxic tailings, and now we have companies negotiating their way through extensions and exceptions of various kinds.”

"Imperial Kearl is a new project that received regulatory approval in 2007. Given how far Imperial is from implementing a plan to address its tailings waste, it raises the question: Why did the ERCB approve such a deficient project in the first place?” Dyer wondered. “The bottom line is, we need to clean up existing tailings lakes at a much faster pace and halt new oil sands approvals until successful tailings reclamation has actually been demonstrated.”

For more information contact:

Joe Obad, Associate Director
Water Matters
Cell: 403-322-3937 | Email: joe [at] water-matters [dot] org

Simon Dyer, Director, Oil Sands Program
The Pembina Institute
Cell: 403-322-3937 | Email: simond [at] pembina [dot] org

Posted August 13, 2010 by AEN

Incomplete reporting still reveals mining companies’ toxic threat

Environmental groups worry some of Canada’s mines are dragging feet on federal order to report toxic mining waste

10 Aug 2010

TORONTO – New data released Friday in response to a lawsuit won last year by Ecojustice, on behalf of Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada, is beginning to shine a light on the toxic legacy of Canada’s mining and tar sands industries.

Unfortunately, despite a lawsuit and a government order to report pollutant releases, some facilities have failed to comply. Read more »

Posted August 10, 2010 by AEN

RCEN e-Bulletin — August 4, 2010

The Canadian Environmental Network has posted the August 4th, 2010 edition of the e-Bulletin.

Highlights

Canadian Youth Delegation to Attend UN Biodiversity Conference in Japan

The RCEN and the Youth Caucus are pleased to announce the Official Canadian Youth Delegation going to the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in Nagoya, Japan, from October 18-29.

Given that 2010 is the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity and August 2010 marks the beginning of the United Nation’s International Year of Youth, we applaud Canadian youth’s commitment to both of these years and, more importantly, youth participation in discussions that will shape our future. Get to know the delegates here, and show your support by buying a t-shirt to help them fundraise for the trip!

RCEN 2010 Conference: Visions of the Saint Lawrence in 2021

Join us on Sunday, September 19th, for this plenary on the ecosystem services provided by the Saint Lawrence River. Speakers will discuss current threats to its biodiversity and possible solutions for the next 10 years, with a special focus on the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Saint Lawrence.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bertrand Brassard, Vice-President Exploration and Director, Nevado Venture Capital Inc.
  • Marie Lagier, Executive Director, Stratégies Saint-Laurent
  • Jean-Patrick Toussaint, Chief, Scientific Projects, David Suzuki Foundation

Register today to attend the Conference! September 17-19 in Montreal Read more »

Posted August 5, 2010 by AEN

Greenpeace rappels off the Calgary Tower to remind government to separate oil and state

3 Aug 2010

Greenpeace drove a message home to the heart of Canada’s oil industry today, hanging a huge banner from the Calgary Tower that says “Separate Oil and State” to highlight the need to sever the cozy relationship between the toxic tar sands oil industry and the federal and provincial governments. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2010 by russ

Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

30 Jul 2010

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2010 by russ

First in-depth analysis finds federal greenhouse gas regulations may have little or no effect

29 Jul 2010

OTTAWA, ON —Proposed federal regulations to cut emissions from cars and trucks may have little or no effect, according to the first in-depth analysis of the regulations, conducted by the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted July 29, 2010 by AEN

Alberta Native Plant Council wins Emerald Award

Congratulations to the Alberta Native Plant Council (an AEN member group) for their  win in the Non-Profit Association category at last night's Emerald Awards. Congratulations to all of the other winners and nominees as well. A full list of this year's Emerald Award recipients can be found on the Alberta Emerald Foundation website.

Posted June 11, 2010 by AEN

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