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Pembina reacts to proposed future federal coal regulations

23 Jun 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's announcement by Environment Minister Jim Prentice of future federal regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity:

“Minister Prentice’s commitment in principle to put an end to conventional coal-fired electricity is very welcome. A continued reliance on conventional coal would make achieving adequate greenhouse gas reductions in Canada virtually impossible.

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Posted June 23, 2010 by AEN

Tar Sands Giant Total stonewalls public inquiry into Tar Sands plans

15 Jun 2010

OTTAWA – One week after French tar sands giant Total blocked local residents from testifying at a tar sands upgrader hearing northeast of Edmonton, the corporation is now trying to limit what questions third party intervenors can ask with regards to their plans for a new tar sands mine.

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Posted June 15, 2010 by AEN

Grizzly Bear Protection Missing from Latest ERCB Decision

10 Jun 2010

The latest decision by Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board  (ERCB) perpetuates the conditions that are threatening Alberta’s grizzly bear population, says Alberta’s environmental organizations. Read more »

Posted June 10, 2010 by AEN

Business as Usual as ERCB OKs Kananaskis Sour Gas Pipeline

10 Jun 2010

A twenty-month-long hearing process held by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) into a major new sour gas development proposal in Kananaskis Country resulted in little more than a rubber stamp, and business as usual. ERCB’s June 6 Decision 2010-022 gives the go-ahead for Petro Canada (now Suncor) to drill 11 new sour gas wells, and build a 37-kilometer pipeline through land recently recognized by the Alberta government as Nationally Significant. Approval comes despite considerable opposition to the proposal from local landowners, environmentalists and First Nations. Read more »

Posted June 10, 2010 by AEN

Alberta Minister Commended for Key Step in Grizzly Bear Recovery

4 Jun 2010

Sierra Club Canada and the more than 1200 participants in Action Grizzly Bear are commending Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Minister, Mel Knight, and his Cabinet colleges for listing Alberta's grizzly bears as a Threatened Species under Alberta's Wildlife Act, a necessary step to recovery that was first recommended by the government's multi-stakeholder Endangered Species Conservation Committee in 2002. Read more »

Posted June 4, 2010 by AEN

New Report Shows the Province is Not Doing Enough to Protect and Recover Alberta’s Threatened Grizzly Bears

The Alberta government is not following its own recovery plan to protect the province’s grizzly bear population, which will likely lead to population decline

28 May 2010

A new report analyzing current recovery efforts in Alberta indicates that the provincial government is not doing enough to protect one of the most threatened grizzly bear populations in North America. Recent research indicates that the grizzly bear population in Alberta is small and may be declining due to expanding networks of industrial access roads and the high levels of human-caused mortality that accompany them.

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Posted May 28, 2010 by AEN

Honour commitment to the G20 — eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

26 May 2010

OTTAWA - Sierra Club Canada supports the federal government's international commitment to eliminate subsidies to the oil and gas industry. The estimated $2 billion in tax breaks and incentives would be of greater benefit to Canada invested in green jobs and producing renewable energy.

"Two billion dollars invested in renewable energy could close a coal plant and create hundreds of new green jobs in Nova Scotia," said  John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. Read more »

Posted May 26, 2010 by AEN

Study: Canadian cities need to accelerate green transportation and urban design

26 May 2010

Canada's six largest urban areas are making efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, but they must do more to promote green urban design and low-carbon transportation choices, according to a report released today by the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted May 26, 2010 by AEN

Suffield Coalition Concerned About Delay in Government Response

National Wildlife Areas Needed to Help Fight Extinction

25 May 2010

The Suffield Coalition today expressed concern about the failure by the Government of Canada to make a decision on EnCana’s proposal to drill in the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield National Wildlife Area. The Joint Review Panel (JRP) that was established by the Federal Minister of Environment and the Alberta Energy Utilities Board to consider EnCana’s proposal to drill 1,275 shallow gas wells in CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area made its recommendations on the project in January 2009. There have been no decisions made by the Government since, and there are growing concerns that the project might be approved without fully accepting all of the recommendations made by the JRP. “It would be a huge setback for grasslands conservation in Canada if the Government allows this project to proceed, and even worse if it does so while rejecting any of the recommendations made by the JRP, as they recently did for the Mackenzie gas project in the Northwest Territories” says Alberta Wilderness Association’s Cliff Wallis. Read more »

Posted May 25, 2010 by russ

Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Tar Sands Invasion Details Risks of Expensive, Dirty Oil Source

19 May 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf deepens, Canada's oil industry is taking advantage of the catastrophe to offer its dirty oil as an alternative to offshore drilling. A report released this week crushes that myth. Tar Sands Invasion: How Dirty and Expensive Oil from Canada Threatens America’s New Energy Economy details the enormous financial and environmental costs associated with what has been termed the largest and most destructive project on the planet. Read more »

Posted May 19, 2010 by AEN

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