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Alberta’s New Water Plan Pulls Back on Prior Environmental Promises

18 Dec 2014

Alberta's Water Conversation Action Plan released yesterday outlines intended actions on four water topics the government discussed with Albertans in early 2013. While committing to improve lake health and strengthen groundwater protection from fracking, the overall plan falls short of 2009 Water for Life Action Plan commitments to improve aquatic ecosystem health. Read more »

Posted December 18, 2014 by AEN

Alberta’s Caribou under Growing Threat: CPAWS’ Annual Caribou Report

16 Dec 2014

EDMONTON — In its second annual review of governments' efforts to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, CPAWS (the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) finds that threats from industrial development to boreal woodland caribou have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2014 by AEN

Logging Threatens Caribou and Other Sensitive Species in Iconic Wilderness Park, Highlights Need for Willmore Management Plan

13 Nov 2014

Approved and proposed logging operations immediately outside the boundary of the Willmore Wilderness Provincial Park will place  unacceptable pressure on endangered and sensitive wildlife within the park. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) calls on the Alberta government to halt logging in endangered west central caribou ranges and implement a long overdue comprehensive management plan for Willmore. Read more »

Posted November 13, 2014 by AEN

Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

12 Nov 2014

It has been a year since the Obed Mountain Coal Mine disaster. The mine was owned at the time by Sherritt International but has since been purchased by Westmoreland Coal Company. The breach of a containment pond spilled 670 million litres of toxic tailings into the Athabasca River and its tributaries. Five weeks later this plume of contaminated water had worked its way through the Peace Athabasca Delta and into the North West Territories. Read more »

Posted November 13, 2014 by AEN

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

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

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.

Read more »

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

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