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Senate Finance Committee Protects the Environment

9 Jul 2010

Edmonton, AB – In the past few months, the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been actively involved in campaigning against amendments that could render the environmental assessment process ineffectual, needlessly exposing the environment, the Canadian public, and future generations to unknown and potentially irreversible risks by providing the Minister of Environment with discretion to reduce the scope of activities for which an assessment is conducted. Read more »

Posted July 9, 2010 by AEN

Message to Renner: Our Water Is Not for Sale

Campaign to challenge move to provincial market for water

8 Jul 2010

Our Water is Not for Sale, a network of organizations and individuals from all corners of Alberta is launching a campaign to call on Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner to stop plans to introduce legislation to establish a province-wide water market. Read more »

Posted July 9, 2010 by AEN

Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

Bait and switch application could mean 17,000 cubic meters per day from Alberta's Clearwater river not accounted for in original ERCB approval would be lost to SAGD and chemical processes

8 Jul 2010

An application to Alberta Environment by Nexen Inc. for a water licence would be the first to enable the diversion of water from a designated Canadian Heritage River, the Clearwater River in north eastern Alberta, for unrecoverable use in oil sands upgrading and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for the Nexen Long Lake Project. Public notice of the application was placed in Alberta papers this week. Read more »

Posted July 8, 2010 by AEN

Groups appeal for end to dismantling of environmental law

Assessment law loopholes need to be closed, not created

6 Jul 2010

OTTAWA — Canada’s environmental assessment law should be reformed through a scheduled parliamentary review, not weakened through piecemeal amendments buried in a budget bill, Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada said today. Read more »

Posted July 6, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power breaks a key promise to Albertans

Capital Power trying to ‘wish away’ its progressive 2001 public hearing commitment in favor of simple compliance

6 Jul 2010

EDMONTON, AB — Environmental groups and landowners have joined forces to block Capital Power's bid to remove a legal requirement that it offset 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are released from the Genesee 3 coal power plant. Read more »

Posted July 6, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Canada shocked at new tar sands proposal

29 Jun 2010

EDMONTON - Despite widespread concerns about treaty rights violations, health concerns and environmental impacts from existing Tar Sands projects, the government of Alberta will be considering once again another proposal for a huge tar sands mine and toxic tailings lake. The project, proposed by oil and gas giant TOTAL, is set to go to hearing on September 21st, 2010. Read more »

Posted June 29, 2010 by AEN

Review of Enbridge oilsands pipeline doesn't stack up

29 Jun 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. — When compared to the review of the Mackenzie Gas Project, the proposed environmental assessment of the Enbridge Gateway oilsands pipeline falls short, according to an analysis released today by the Pembina Institute.

The size of the Joint Review Panel and a lack of regional representation are two key concerns, said Karen Campbell, Staff Counsel for the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted June 29, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Canada applauds Syncrude court ruling

25 Jun 2010

OTTAWA – Syncrude Canada Ltd. was found guilty today on federal and provincial charges and may now face fines of up to $800 000.

“It is great to see Syncrude charged as guilty under federal and provincial laws," said Sheila Muxlow, Interim Director of Sierra Club Prairie. "I just hope the federal and provincial governments see that it's time to shut these projects down and begin the transition towards a clean, green, renewable energy economy." Read more »

Posted June 25, 2010 by AEN

Guilty verdict in Syncrude case applauded

25 Jun 2010

CALGARY — Alberta provincial court’s guilty verdict in the Syncrude ducks case confirms the need to eliminate toxic tailings ponds and the risks they pose, Ecojustice said today. 

 

Some 1,600 ducks died after landing in a Syncrude tailings pond in April 2008. The pond’s bird deterrent systems were not in place at the time. Read more »

Posted June 28, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Reacts to Canada’s financial support for climate action in developing countries

23 Jun 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Clare Demerse, Associate Director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's announcement by Environment Minister Jim Prentice of $400 million in “fast start” climate financing. Under the December 2009 Copenhagen Accord, developed countries agreed to provide US$30 billion in financial support for climate adaptation and emission reductions in developing countries from 2010 to 2012:

“We’re delighted to see the government announce today that it will provide Canada’s fair share of financial support for climate action in poorer countries for 2010.

 

“Providing timely and adequate ‘fast start’ financing is essential to building trust and making progress towards a strong international climate deal, both at this week’s G8 and G20 summits and at the UN talks.

 

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Posted June 23, 2010 by AEN

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