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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

Environmental groups challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals

ERCB acted contrary to the law in approving tailings plans, groups say

24 Aug 2010

CALGARY – The Energy Resources Conservation Board’s approval of Syncrude’s tailings management plan is unlawful and must be revoked immediately, Ecojustice said today.

Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, has filed an application (see attached) with the ERCB requesting approval be withdrawn until management plans are brought in line with ERCB’s tailings management directive. Read more »

Posted August 24, 2010 by AEN

Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

Ecojustice files application for emergency protection, is prepared to go to court for caribou

17 Aug 2010

CALGARY — Three environmental groups have joined with four Alberta First Nations to urge the federal environment minister to provide emergency protection for caribou herds in northeastern Alberta, Ecojustice said today. Read more »

Posted August 17, 2010 by AEN

Healing Walk Past Toxic Tailings Ponds

13 Aug 2010

"This is not a protest, but a way to help heal what has been destroyed and to give each other the spiritual strength to carry on."

Fort McMurray – First Nations, Metis elders, community members and other supporters will take part in a 13-kilometre 'healing walk' tomorrow that will pass by the vast tar sands operations of Syncrude and Suncor - once prime First Nation berry picking and hunting ground - to bring attention to the devastation of land andwater and to show the real suffering that comes with tar sands development. Read more »

Posted August 13, 2010 by AEN

Pembina and Water Matters React: Noncompliance with tailings Directive 074 a growing concern

11 Aug 2010

CALGARY, ALBERTA — Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, and Joe Obad, associate director of Water Matters, responded to today's announcement that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands tailings plan:

“While the ERCB has rejected certain elements of Imperial’s deficient approach to addressing tailings (the toxic liquid waste produced by oil sands mining operations), the approval of the plan is troubling,” Dyer noted, adding, “since it does not appear to be compliant with Directive 074 until eight years from now (2018).”

"It seems like environmental compliance remains flexible in Alberta, which should be a concern to all Albertans and Canadians,” Obad said. “Directive 074 was a meaningful step taken by the government to reduce toxic tailings, and now we have companies negotiating their way through extensions and exceptions of various kinds.”

"Imperial Kearl is a new project that received regulatory approval in 2007. Given how far Imperial is from implementing a plan to address its tailings waste, it raises the question: Why did the ERCB approve such a deficient project in the first place?” Dyer wondered. “The bottom line is, we need to clean up existing tailings lakes at a much faster pace and halt new oil sands approvals until successful tailings reclamation has actually been demonstrated.”

For more information contact:

Joe Obad, Associate Director
Water Matters
Cell: 403-322-3937 | Email: joe [at] water-matters [dot] org

Simon Dyer, Director, Oil Sands Program
The Pembina Institute
Cell: 403-322-3937 | Email: simond [at] pembina [dot] org

Posted August 13, 2010 by AEN

Incomplete reporting still reveals mining companies’ toxic threat

Environmental groups worry some of Canada’s mines are dragging feet on federal order to report toxic mining waste

10 Aug 2010

TORONTO – New data released Friday in response to a lawsuit won last year by Ecojustice, on behalf of Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada, is beginning to shine a light on the toxic legacy of Canada’s mining and tar sands industries.

Unfortunately, despite a lawsuit and a government order to report pollutant releases, some facilities have failed to comply. Read more »

Posted August 10, 2010 by AEN

Greenpeace rappels off the Calgary Tower to remind government to separate oil and state

3 Aug 2010

Greenpeace drove a message home to the heart of Canada’s oil industry today, hanging a huge banner from the Calgary Tower that says “Separate Oil and State” to highlight the need to sever the cozy relationship between the toxic tar sands oil industry and the federal and provincial governments. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2010 by russ

Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

30 Jul 2010

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2010 by russ

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