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Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announces best-in-class project

12 Nov 2014

Calgary, Alberta (Nov 12, 2014)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) today announced a project that will provide the organization with the necessary tools and framework to become a best-in-class energy regulator.

Following a competitive bidding process, the AER selected the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation to undertake the best-in-class project.

The best-in-class project has three main objectives: Read more »

Posted November 13, 2014 by AEN

Return of Wolves to the Beaver Hills/Elk Island Area Should be Celebrated, Not Condemned

5 Nov 2014

EDMONTON – The presence of wolves in the Beaver Hills/Elk Island area just east of Edmonton is a cause for celebration, not condemnation, says the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Northern Alberta chapter. Read more »

Posted November 5, 2014 by AEN

Caribou Worse Off After 10 Years of Alberta Recovery Plan

3 Nov 2014

Ten years after Alberta’s 2004-2014 woodland caribou recovery plan began, habitat disturbance keeps increasing far past limits caribou can tolerate, and populations have significantly declined. Data compiled by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) reveals that an area ⅔ the size of Nova Scotia (over 33,000 km2) has been auctioned for new oil and gas leases in ranges across Alberta since the plan started, with no meaningful surface disturbance limits. Read more »

Posted November 3, 2014 by AEN

Stewards in Motion

From the Land Stewardship Centre of Canada website:

Stewards in Motion is more than just a series of events. It is a rally call to connect all stewards at a local level, regardless of focus, affiliation or discipline. It is the philosophy that enables the stewardship community and other stakeholders such as municipal government, ENGOs and industry, to think collectively and then act locally to protect our valuable, common natural assets…

 

Brought to you by ASN, with the support of Miistakis Institute and Environmental Law Centre, these interactive, regional events offer participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors.

…this year’s theme is transforming collaboration to advance local stewardship efforts.

Events are scheduled for November 6 in Lac La Biche and November 27 in Buffalo Lake. Read more »

Posted September 26, 2014 by AEN

Panels Not Pipelines: A Speaking Tour About Solutions

Alberta has faced more than its fair share of environmental and fiscal horror stories. The province's chaotic emphasis on hydrocarbon development has delivered endless pipeline leaks, growing bitumen pollution and unaccountable one-party government. These problems have left many Albertans wondering if we could write a different story. A story that still creates jobs and keeps our economy strong but without the environmental downside.

Luckily those solutions are readily at hand and Alberta is the perfect place to implement them.

This October come listen to Jane Kleeb from Bold Nebraska as she tells the story of not only how her community stopped the KeystoneXL tarsands pipeline from endangering the Oglala aquifer but also how they are also building real energy solutions in the process.

From a solar powered barn, to replanting corn that has been lost for generations Jane tells a story of hope and resistance.  

On the tour other prominent speakers like award winning author and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, solar energy guru Randall Benson with Gridworks Energy Group, and wind and solar expert David Isaac may also join Jane.

This is a moment not to be missed. Read more »

Posted September 23, 2014 by AEN

Conservation groups file legal challenge over Jasper National Park development proposal

28 Aug 2014

CALGARY — Parks Canada’s approval of a controversial concept proposal to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park must be struck down because it violates the park’s management plan, conservation groups said today. Read more »

Posted August 28, 2014 by AEN

Single day registration open for the Earth Matters environmental education conference

Our friends at ACEE sent along this note regarding their upcoming environmental education conference:

If you are interested in attending Earth Matters but can't make it for the entire conference, you will be pleased to know that single day conference registrations are now available!

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Posted April 11, 2014 by AEN

Pembina reacts to CNRL’s application to resume oilsands operations while bitumen continues to leak near Cold Lake, Alberta

6 Mar 2014

Erin Flanagan, Analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today in response to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) application to resume steaming operations near areas experiencing on-going bitumen-emulsion releases:

“CNRL should not be allowed to increase high pressure cyclic steam stimulation (HPCSS) in proximity to the areas impacted by blowouts in 2013 until the Alberta Energy Regulator investigation is complete, the results have been made public and interested parties have had an opportunity to comment on recommendations arising from the investigation. It is premature to debate additional production until this report is complete and has been subject to public review.

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Posted March 6, 2014 by AEN

AWA calls on the Alberta Government to take a stronger conservation stance for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

9 Jan 2014

With the comment period soon ending on January 15, 2014, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has sent official recommendations to the Alberta government in response to the Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). After extensively reviewing the draft, AWA has serious concerns with the draft and wants significant changes in the final SSRP. Although there are positive strategic directions in the draft indicating a need for a cumulative effects management approach, land use tradeoffs and sufficient headwater and biodiversity protection are largely absent. Read more »

Posted January 9, 2014 by AEN

Emergency Order Essential First Step in Sage-grouse Recovery

6 Jan 2014

Sage-grouse recovery must remain focused on getting habitat right so the birds can recover. Postponing the Emergency Order for the Protection of the Greater Sage-grouse as requested by the City of Medicine Hat and LGX Oil and Gas Inc. would delay recovery and be counterproductive. Read more »

Posted January 7, 2014 by AEN

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