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Brisk Alberta Energy Lease Sales in Endangered Caribou Habitat Continue During Election

Who Will Sustainably Manage Alberta’s Forests and Wildlife?

28 Apr 2015

On April 29, in the midst of an election, the Alberta government plans another major auction of new oil and gas leases on 35,600 hectares (356 km2) of endangered mountain and boreal woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km2 of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2015 by AEN

Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

14 Apr 2015

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more »

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

9 Apr 2015

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more »

Posted April 9, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

23 Mar 2015

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2015 by AEN

Little Smoky Fracking Water Application Reveals Alberta’s Missing Cumulative Effects Management in Duvernay Region

21 Mar 2015

Alberta’s lack of cumulative effects management is revealed in Shell’s recent application to use up to 5 million m3 per year of lake water for oil and gas fracking operations in west central Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk
13 Mar 2015

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more »

Posted March 13, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to release of Alberta’s Tailings Management Framework

13 Mar 2015

CALGARY — Erin Flanagan, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Alberta’s new Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Oilsands: Read more »

Posted March 13, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry
13 Mar 2015

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more »

Posted March 16, 2015 by AEN

Postponed Major New Energy Lease Sales A Good Step for Endangered Alberta Mountain Caribou

6 Mar 2015

Today the Alberta government postponed a major auction of new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) within the endangered Redrock Prairie Creek mountain woodland caribou range. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this decision. AWA calls on the Alberta government to defer further energy lease sales in endangered caribou ranges until effective rules are in place to protect and recover their habitat. Read more »

Posted March 6, 2015 by AEN

Major New Energy Lease Sales Imminent in Endangered Alberta Caribou Habitat

5 Mar 2015

On March 11, the Alberta government plans a major auction of new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) of endangered mountain woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Read more »

Posted March 5, 2015 by AEN

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