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Pembina Reacts: AERI Reports on Oil Sands Emissions

23 Jul 2009
Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the release by the Alberta Energy Research Institute of two new analyses comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands and other sources of crude oil:

“These reports reaffirm that producing and burning oil from the oil sands results in up to 45 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions relative to some sources of conventional crude oil. Read more »

Posted July 23, 2009 by Anonymous

Consumers Get Help in Choosing Carbon Offsets

16 Jul 2009

Canadians heading off for summer vacation will have some help in making their holidays more environmentally friendly, thanks to a new guide ranking carbon offsets and vendors that encourages consumers to choose the highest quality carbon offsets. Read more »

Posted July 20, 2009 by Anonymous

Landmark court victory forces government to protect endangered species habitat

Precedent-setting decision gives Canada’s endangered sage-grouse and other species at risk a chance at recovery
13 Jul 2009

Vancouver, BC — Environmentalists are celebrating the first decisive victory for endangered species since the unveiling of Canada's Species at Risk Act in 2003. On Thursday (July 9) a federal court judge in Vancouver ruled that the federal Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, broke the law by refusing to identify critical habitat in a recovery plan for the endangered greater sage-grouse. Read more »

Posted July 14, 2009 by Anonymous

Media Advisory: Alberta petroleum company called on to cease operations in Peru now

Concerned Albertans demands Petrolifera cease operations after Peruvian police massacre Indigenous protesters

11 Jun 2009

Calgary – Socially conscious Albertans are demanding that Calgary-based petroleum company Petrolifera stop operations until the Peruvian government ceases violent police actions against indigenous protestors in Bagua, near the Peruvian Amazon and initiates a meaningful consultation process on development projects as required by international law. More than 60 indigenous protesters and police have been killed this week.

Posted June 11, 2009 by Anonymous

New Edinborough Park Parties In Support of Calgary Pesticide Phase Out

Fourth Annual Party in the Park

9 Jun 2009

Saturday June 13, 5 A St and 3 Ave NW

The fourth annual Party in the Park will take place in Calgary, using music, food and entertainment to celebrate the City's phase out of cosmetic pesticides. New Edinborough Park is now famous across Alberta for being the first Calgary park to go pesticide-free in 1998 and for providing the Calgary impetus to phase out cosmetic pesticides. The bylaw will ban pesticide use on private land by the end of 2010 and the city is to stop using pesticides when the bylaw is approved. Read more »

Posted June 9, 2009 by Anonymous

Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

Pembina Institute Distributes Facts to Key Decision Makers in Canada and the U.S.
4 Jun 2009

On June 4, 2009, the Pembina Institute distributed copies of a new resource, Clearing the Air on Oil Sands Myths, to key Canadian and U.S. decision makers. It identifies a growing body of oil sands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oil sands industry. Read more »

Posted June 4, 2009 by russ

Environment Week Kicks off with Sage-grouse Court Battle

Government has no excuse for ignoring habitat of well-studied Prairie bird, groups say
2 Jun 2009

To stop the disappearance of one of the Prairie's most iconic species, six conservation groups are in federal court today arguing a lawsuit against the federal Minister of Environment, Jim Prentice, for refusing to identify critical habitat for the endangered greater sage-grouse. Read more »

Posted June 2, 2009 by russ

Groundwater use in oil sands "unsustainable" — Natural Resources Canada sponsored report

National report cites critical need for more monitoring and stronger laws for "out of sight out of mind" resource

11 May 2009

As federal hearings begin on oil sands and water today, a national report released today by the Council of Canadian Academies points out that groundwater use in the oil sands region is unsustainable. The report, commissioned by National Resources Canada, focuses on groundwater issues across Canada and evaluates current and emerging issues for groundwater protection. Over 90 percent of rural Albertans rely on groundwater resources. Read more »

Posted May 11, 2009 by Anonymous

Bill 36 media advisory & backgrounders

1 May 2009
The Environmental Law Centre has issued a media advisory and three related backgrounders, with its initial reaction to Bill 36, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, and recommendations for amendment. The advisory and backgrounders are posted on the ELC website under "What's New" and "Media Room".

Posted May 2, 2009 by Anonymous

Province invites Albertans to learn about Bill 36, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act

Open house information sessions begin May 6
29 Apr 2009

Edmonton… The Government of Alberta will host a series of open houses to give Albertans the opportunity to learn about and discuss Bill 36, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA). Read more »

Posted May 2, 2009 by Anonymous

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