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Alberta for Sale? Premier Asked to Clarify Government’s ‘Prairies to Potatoes’ Position

15 Sep 2010

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is asking for the Premier to clarify a statement made to the media by Minister of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), Mel Knight, about funds generated by the proposed sale of native prairie Public Lands near Bow Island, Alberta. Sale and conversion of this land would destroy vital habitat for a number of endangered species. Read more »

Posted September 15, 2010 by AEN

Albertans could be on the hook for oilsands cleanup costs

Potential $15-billion liability unaccounted for

14 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Albertans could end up paying for costly oilsands cleanup, according to a report released today by the Pembina Institute.

Toxic Liability: How Albertans could end up paying for oilsands mine reclamation, outlines inadequacies in how the Government of Alberta calculates and collects the "damage deposit" from oilsands operators to cover oilsands mine reclamation. Read more »

Posted September 14, 2010 by AEN

RePower Edmonton Delivers Green Election Message

Group Kicks off Green Civic Election Message on LRT

13 Sep 2010

EDMONTON  - At 8am this morning RePower Edmonton, a local group of the provincial network RePower Alberta, took to Edmonton’s light rail transit (LRT) to engage with riders and ensure that green energy is one of the key topics in this year’s civic election. Members of the group were on the LRT with pamphlets and green leaf pins to encourage the riders to commit to vote for civic candidates that support energy efficiency and a renewable energy economy. Read more »

Posted September 13, 2010 by AEN

Greenpeace report challenges Canada’s need for dirty, risky fossil fuels

9 Sep 2010

TORONTO — Greenpeace today released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s energy potential that challenges the need for dirty oil from the tar sands and shows that Canada can create tens of thousands of green jobs, while providing over 90 per cent of the country’s electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2010 by AEN

Environmental groups comment on meeting with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Markey

Dr. Marlo Raynolds and Dr. Rick Smith provide statements on outcomes of meeting with U.S. delegates

9 Sep 2010

OTTAWA — Dr. Marlo Raynolds of the Pembina Institute and Dr. Rick Smith of Environmental Defence made the following statements following their meeting with U.S. Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, and the Honourable Edward Markey, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Sub-Committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming: Read more »

Posted September 9, 2010 by AEN

Environmental Groups Name Feds in Filing for Caribou Protection

8 Sep 2010

EDMONTON — Environmental groups took steps today to ramp up pressure on the federal government to protect the province’s precious and declining caribou herds.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Pembina Institute, filed an application this morning for a federal judicial review, which asks the court to order Environment Minister Jim Prentice to recommend emergency protections for seven caribou herds in northeastern Alberta. Read more »

Posted September 8, 2010 by AEN

National Wildlife Area Missing from Proposed Endangered Owl Habitat Designation

1 Sep 2010

Calgary. A proposal by the federal government that would limit habitat protection for the endangered Burrowing Owl has raised alarm among conservation groups. In a letter sent to Environment Minister Jim Prentice today, members of the Suffield Coalition voiced concern that his department’s apparently selective identification of critical habitat overlooks burrowing owls in the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more »

Posted September 1, 2010 by russ

Pembina reacts to study showing oil sands mines contribute heavy metals to the Athabasca River

31 Aug 2010

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Program Director at the Pembina Institute, responded to the release of the paper "Oil sands development contributes elements toxic at low concentrations to the Athabasca River and its tributaries," published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Posted August 31, 2010 by russ

New Study Links Tar Sands to Carcinogens

31 Aug 2010

 

A new study led by University of Alberta ecologist Dr. David Schindler and published in the renowned Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes some alarming conclusions about the water near the tar sands. After monitoring 60 sites along the Athabasca River and its tributaries, Dr. Schindler concluded the tar sands have added carcinogenic toxins to the area environment.

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Posted September 1, 2010 by russ

Oil Sands Environmental Coalition calls on panel to reject Total oil sands mine application

Project not in public interest due to mounting environmental effects, flawed environmental assessment and missed government deadlines for environmental protection

27 Aug 2010

CALGARY, AB — The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition — composed of the Pembina Institute, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and represented by Ecojustice — today filed a submission calling on the Joint Review Panel to reject Total E&P Canada's Joslyn North Mine Project application due to significant environmental impacts, a deficient environmental assessment and insufficient progress on government regulations to address oil s Read more »

Posted August 27, 2010 by AEN

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