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US State Department incorrect in citing consultation with Water Matters on Keystone XL

6 Oct 2011

Water Matters wishes to clairify a matter reported today in The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based paper focused on US federal politics on Capitol Hill. The Hill quoted U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, on Wednesday October 5th 2011, as stating the State Department had recently met with several Canadian environmental organizations concerning the controversial Keystone KL oil sands pipeline. Nuland specifically singled out Water Matters as one of these organization. Water Matters would like to make clear that none of its staff has met with anyone from the U.S. Read more »

Posted October 6, 2011 by AEN

Alberta court to decide if it will hear Maxim coal plant challenge

5 Oct 2011

CALGARY — Tomorrow, an Alberta court will hear an Ecojustice application to appeal Maxim Power Corp.’s controversial Milner coal plant expansion.

The groups seek to overturn the Alberta Utilities Commission’s (AUC) hasty approval of the Milner project, which allows Maxim to avoid incoming federal greenhouse gas regulations.

Ecojustice, on behalf the Pembina Institute, will appear before the Court of Appeal of Alberta tomorrow. The hearing will determine if the appeal can proceed or not. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2011 by AEN

AWA Welcomes Premier-Designate Redford’s Promise to Protect Alberta’s Endangered Wildlife

4 Oct 2011

Alberta Premier-designate Alison Redford committed during her campaign to suspend the public land sale known as “Potatogate” that would see 16,000 acres of native prairie converted to intensive irrigated agricultural use. Potatogate lands are known to provide crucial habitat for numerous species at risk, including burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk and long-billed curlew. “Albertans deserve to know that the species that call this province home today will still be here for generations to come,” Redford wrote in a September 12, 2011 statement. Read more »

Posted October 5, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to new report from federal environment commissioner

4 Oct 2011

OTTAWA — Matt Horne, director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement concerning Chapter 1, "Climate Change Plans under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act," of the 2011 October report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development:  

"The federal government has repeatedly exaggerated the effectiveness of its policies to limit greenhouse gas pollution, and now admits its plan will be 90 per cent less effective than it first claimed. Further, the government has ignored the legal requirement to explain how it will make up for this gap.

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Posted October 5, 2011 by AEN

Conservation groups: Canada’s tar sands extraction violates international wildlife treaties

22 Sep 2011

Oakland, CA — Today, conservation groups represented by Earthjustice and Ecojustice Canada submitted a petition to Interior Secretary Salazar asking him to report to President Obama that Canada’s destructive tar sands extraction undermines international efforts to protect endangered and threatened species. Read more »

Posted September 22, 2011 by AEN

Replace spin with conservation action in international Crown of Continent say conservation groups

22 Sep 2011

Pincher Creek & Calgary: Sierra Club Canada and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition are maintaining that while it is important to have the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development’s Parliamentary Assistant, Evan Berger, representing the government today at the international Crown of the Continent Round Table in Polson, Montana, the province needs to replace its spin with actual conservation action, instead of the actions thwarting conservation in Alberta’s portion of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.  Read more »

Posted September 22, 2011 by AEN

Moratorium on motorized access necessary for grizzly survival

19 Sep 2011

CALGARY -  Industrial and public motorized access routes in grizzly bear habitat greatly exceed thresholds recommended in the Alberta government’s official Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. This issue is so critical that several Alberta Conservation organizations are calling for an immediate moratorium on new roads. Read more »

Posted September 19, 2011 by AEN

Save our Sage-Grouse! Recommendations from Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

8 Sep 2011

Desperate measures are needed if Canada’s most endangered wildlife species, the greater sage-grouse, is to be saved from extinction in Canada. This is the overwhelming conclusion coming from the Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, held in Calgary, Alberta September 7-8, 2011.

“We have known for a long time that sage-grouse are in trouble,” says Cliff Wallis, Alberta Wilderness Association vice-president. “We will continue to press government and industry to stop industrial development in critical habitat. Read more »

Posted September 8, 2011 by AEN

Media Briefing 2: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

- Recommendations to Save Alberta’s “Most Endangered Species”

7 Sep 2011

What?        Media Briefing, Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit recommendations
When?       Thursday September 8, 2011
                   11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Where?      AWA office, 455 – 12th Street NW, Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is hosting a two-day international Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, Wednesday September 7 – Thursday September 8.

At the end of the summit, participants will present a series of emergency recommendations for sage-grouse recovery. AWA invites media personnel to join some of North America’s leading sage-grouse scientists (11:00 a.m., Thursday September 8), to discuss those recommendations. Read more »

Posted September 7, 2011 by AEN

Media Briefing 1: Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit

Last Ditch effort to Save Alberta’s “Most Endangered Species”

6 Sep 2011

What?             Media Briefing, Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit
When?            Wednesday September 7, 2011
                        10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Where?          AWA office, 455 – 12th Street NW, Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is hosting a two-day international Emergency Sage-Grouse Summit, Wednesday September 7 – Thursday September 8.

AWA invites media personnel to join some of North America’s leading sage-grouse scientists at the launch of the summit (10:00 a.m., Wednesday September 7), to discuss the desperate plight of Alberta’s sage-grouse. Read more »

Posted September 6, 2011 by AEN

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