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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.

"We argued the hearing be adjourned because Total failed to assess the cumulative impacts of planned development and therefore has not met the requirements of Canadian environmental law," explained Dyer. "We are pleased the Panel is reviewing the motion. We expect the panel will instruct Total to conduct a proper cumulative impact assessment." 

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Download: A copy of the motion [PDF] and affidavit [PDF].  

Contact

  • Terra Simieritsch
    Policy Analyst, Oil Sands Program
    The Pembina Institute
    Phone: 403-269-3344 ext. 102
    Email: terras [at] pembina [dot] org
  • Richard Secord
    Counsel to the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition
    Ackroyd LLP
    Cell: 780-932-8946

Posted September 22, 2010 by AEN

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