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CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

12 May 2015

The southern and northern Alberta chapters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) congratulate premier-elect Rachel Notley on her party’s recent election victory in Alberta. The chapters look forward to the opportunity to work with the new government on conservation and environmental protection in the province.

We support the commitments to expand Alberta’s network of parks and protected areas, protect habitat for species like caribou and grizzlies and establish the Castle Special Place as a protected Wildland Park. Read more »

Posted May 13, 2015 by AEN

Conservation groups welcome new government opportunity

Conservation Groups Welcome the Opportunity to Protect the Castle Special Place

7 May 2015

Conservation groups that have been working for decades to protect the most ecologically important area in south-western Alberta, the Castle, look forward to working with the newly elected Alberta government to fulfill their environmental promise of protecting the entire region as a Wildland Park. Read more »

Posted May 7, 2015 by AEN

Record-setting $1,500 Fines Levied against OHV Joyriders

7 May 2015

In a recent ruling, a judge in Rocky Mountain House assessed two $1,500 fines against off-highway vehicle (OHV) users joyriding in the Clearwater River. This is the highest fine ever levied for this charge in Alberta’s history. Read more »

Posted May 7, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to the results of the Alberta election

5 May 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the outcome of the Alberta election:

“With this election, Albertans have voted for change — and that change includes improving Alberta’s environmental record and its approach to climate change.

“We support the Alberta NDP's commitments to invest in energy efficiency, and to phase out coal-fired electricity and replace it with cleaner sources. 

Read more »

Posted May 5, 2015 by AEN

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

1 May 2015

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more »

Posted May 1, 2015 by AEN

Brisk Alberta Energy Lease Sales in Endangered Caribou Habitat Continue During Election

Who Will Sustainably Manage Alberta’s Forests and Wildlife?

28 Apr 2015

On April 29, in the midst of an election, the Alberta government plans another major auction of new oil and gas leases on 35,600 hectares (356 km2) of endangered mountain and boreal woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km2 of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2015 by AEN

Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

14 Apr 2015

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more »

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

9 Apr 2015

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more »

Posted April 9, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

23 Mar 2015

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2015 by AEN

Little Smoky Fracking Water Application Reveals Alberta’s Missing Cumulative Effects Management in Duvernay Region

21 Mar 2015

Alberta’s lack of cumulative effects management is revealed in Shell’s recent application to use up to 5 million m3 per year of lake water for oil and gas fracking operations in west central Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

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