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Beyond Monitoring— Responsible Management Needed for Oilsands Environmental Impacts

3 Feb 2012

Today, forty five years after the first tar sands mines started, the federal government has finally taken steps to introduce credible monitoring for contaminants and habitat degradation from oilsands development. Alberta Wilderness Association believes that long-overdue monitoring of Alberta’s oilsands impacts is a step in the right direction, but monitoring itself will not fix any of the issues which have so bedeviled the industry for the past few years. Read more »

Posted February 3, 2012 by AEN

History being made in Alberta: Picket-line prevents clear-cutting in Castle protected area for 16th day

Picket-line counter posts site where locals & outfitter continue to hold back clear-cutting in Castle protected area
26 Jan 2012

Beaver Mines: Located on the way to Castle Mountain Resort in the Castle Special Management Area of southwest Alberta, locals, businesses and outdoor enthusiasts will be counter posting the site today with the Alberta Government's decision and map designating the area as a Special Place protected area. (Document attached or is on government webstite , except for the original map with the decision.) It's no Read more »

Posted January 27, 2012 by AEN

Will Alison Redford's Clearcuts Crush Bear Cubs in their Dens?

25 Jan 2012

Conservationists today called upon Alberta premier Alison Redford to halt plans for winter logging would disturb, displace or even kill bears denning in the Castle Special Management Area.

“Logging in winter threatens Alberta’s bears at the worst possible time,” said WildCanada’s Jim Pissot, “when adults and cubs are asleep in their dens.”   Read more »

Posted January 25, 2012 by AEN

Environment groups ask Federal Court to force minister’s hand on caribou protection

25 Jan 2012

EDMONTON — Environment Minister Peter Kent’s failure to reconsider emergency protection for woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta has prompted environmental groups to ask for the Federal Court’s help.

Six months ago, the Court called Minister Kent’s decision not to recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou “out of the blue,” and ruled that it ignored scientific evidence and must be set aside. The Minister was instructed to reconsider the government’s position, but has yet to show any signs of activity on the file.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, has asked the Court to amend its ruling to include a deadline to force a response from the Minister. Read more »

Posted January 25, 2012 by AEN

History being made in Alberta as for 14th day, picket-line & outfitting camp keep clear-cutting out of protected area

25 Jan 2012

BEAVER MINES: A rotating picket-line maintained by outdoor enthusiasts and near-by residents, and an outfitting camp set up by a second generation outfitter are making history in Alberta as for the 14th day now, they continue to hold back Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Department (SRD) and a sawmill located outside the region from starting clear-cuting in Castle Special Management Area; a popular protected area in southwest Alberta.  Determined by a government hearing panel in 1993 to be an integral part of the health of the international Crown of Read more »

Posted January 25, 2012 by AEN

Alberta Government kicks public out of protected area so Spray Lake Sawmills can begin clear-cutting

19 Jan 2012

BEAVER MINES: This afternoon, Alberta Government’s Sustainable Resource Development Department (SRD) issued a notice closing part of the popular, year-round recreation core of the Castle Special Management Area to public use. That includes closing it to a legal camp of a second-generation outfitter and a picket-line by local residents - the presence of which was holding back Spray Lake Sawmills from starting up its equipment to bulldoze new roads and clear-cut the protected area. Read more »

Posted January 19, 2012 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Obama administration's denial of Keystone XL pipeline

18 Jan 2012

EDMONTON — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s denial of the application for the Keystone XL pipeline:

“In denying the Keystone XL project, President Obama has recognized the risks this project could pose to the health and safety of the American people and to the environment, and the need to adequately review those concerns. Due public process is critical to making an informed decision.

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Posted January 18, 2012 by AEN

Resident’s picket-line and outfitters camp continue to hold off clear-cutting a popular protected area in southwest Alberta

16 Jan 2012

Beaver Mines: Situated on the way to Castle Mountain Resort, inside the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, it’s now the sixth day and counting that a legal camp set up by a second-generation outfitter and a picket line by local residents, outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups are holding off logging equipment from starting in the protected area.   It was an upbeat and determined atmosphere through the weekend at the site as long-time ranching families stop by with hot chocolate and more new volunteers stopped in to help.  Most driving to Cast Read more »

Posted January 17, 2012 by AEN

Failure of government to listen results in residents out in force to protest logging

12 Jan 2012

Beaver Mines:  Yesterday morning, more than thirty local residents braved the cold to tell the government that they oppose clear-cut log in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, Alberta. Read more »

Posted January 12, 2012 by AEN

New report finds Alberta must strengthen emissions rules to meet climate commitments

16 Dec 2011

CALGARY — In the most comprehensive assessment of Alberta’s climate change policies to date, a new report by the Pembina Institute concludes that Alberta’s current approach will deliver less than one third of the greenhouse gas reductions the Government of Alberta has committed to, but strengthening current policies could enable the province to meet its climate targets. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2011 by AEN

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