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Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

22 Oct 2010

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate”: Irreplaceable Public Land to be Sold to Make Potato Chips

21 Oct 2010

In a shocking insult to all Albertans, the provincial government is set to sell off a huge swathe of public land – our land – to a private company, to grow potatoes. Despite the fact that the 16,000-acre parcel of land near Bow Island is valuable native prairie, known to be habitat for a number of endangered species, the sale looks set to go ahead this week with no opportunity for public input. The priceless piece of prairie will be ploughed up to grow potatoes. Read more »

Posted October 21, 2010 by AEN

Ecojustice calls on Minister Knight to stop land sale

Survey of area, home to several species-at-risk, must be conducted

21 Oct 2010
 

EDMONTON — The Alberta government’s proposed sale of 25 public land plots to SLM Spud Farms is ill-informed and could devastate local species-at-risk, Ecojustice said today.

“At minimum, Alberta must conduct an in-depth survey of the land to determine what exactly it is signing away before the sale is approved,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “As it stands now, the province does not have the necessary information to make an informed, responsible decision.” Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

All federal leaders say more must be done; report outlines Ottawa’s duties under existing federal laws

20 Oct 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Three of Canada's leading environmental organizations released a new report today detailing how federal laws should be enforced to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of oilsands activity. The report follows the federal government's recent acknowledgement, in striking a panel to review pollution in the Athabasca River, of the need for Ottawa to play a greater role in the oilsands. Read more »

Posted October 20, 2010 by AEN

Water Matters and WWF Support DFO's Recommendation for Clear Withdrawal Limits on the Athabasca River

18 Oct 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO and CANMORE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) - Environmental Groups are commending the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for recognizing the need to establish clear cut offs for water withdrawals from the Lower Athabasca River when flows get too low in order to protect aquatic life. Read more »

Posted October 18, 2010 by AEN

Municipal candidates overwhelmingly say information, consultation lacking on plans for water markets

14 Oct 2010

Candidates running in municipal elections across Alberta overwhelmingly oppose the provincial government’s direction towards a provincial water market, and say they have not been sufficiently consulted as part of the current review of Alberta’s water allocation system, according to the results of an online survey conducted by the Our Water is Not For Sale network. Read more »

Posted October 14, 2010 by AEN

Seeking the Right Balance: Financial Security for Conservation and Reclamation of Alberta's Oil Sands Mines

12 Oct 2010

Edmonton, AB – Development of Alberta’s oilsands resources has significant environmental consequences and potentially long-lasting impact on land and water resources. Oil sands surface mining projects have caused radical changes in landscapes and tailings ponds represent a significant ongoing challenge. Read more »

Posted October 13, 2010 by AEN

Election Candidates Polled on Transit Issues

9 Oct 2010

EDMONTON - During recent civic elections, the investment in and improvement of public transit in Edmonton has featured prominently among the issues that voters feel are important.

As we have done in previous elections, Citizens for Better Transit, a local non-profit transit advocacy organization, has again polled candidates running for Edmonton City Council on October 18th regarding their views on current public transit issues in our city. Read more »

Posted October 15, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

7 Oct 2010

EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Read more »

Posted October 8, 2010 by AEN

Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

6 Oct 2010

Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more »

Posted October 6, 2010 by AEN

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