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Court rules Alberta improperly excluded Pembina Institute from oilsands regulatory process

2 Oct 2013

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has quashed a government decision not to allow the Pembina Institute and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed oilsands project. Read more »

Posted October 2, 2013 by AEN

Federal Government Considers Extra Protection for Grizzlies

Conservation Groups Point out Benefits of Proposed Protection
26 Sep 2013

The federal government is considering an extra layer of legal protection for the country’s grizzly bears, a move supported by three Alberta-based conservation groups, including AWA.

In 2012, Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) recommended, for the second time in a decade, that Canada’s grizzly population be designated as “Species of Special Concern” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Canadians have the opportunity to comment on this proposal until October 4th, 2013. Read more »

Posted September 26, 2013 by AEN

Conservation groups cautiously optimistic about Greater sage-grouse announcement

17 Sep 2013

EDMONTON – Conservation groups welcome the federal government’s announcement that it intends to introduce an emergency protection order for Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse, but they also caution that the devil will be in the details.  Read more »

Posted September 17, 2013 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Auditor General’s plan to review pipeline safety

12 Sep 2013

CALGARY — Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, made the following comments in response to Auditor General Merwan Saher's commitment to undertake an audit of pipeline safety: Read more »

Posted September 12, 2013 by AEN

Alberta Wetland Policy Exempts Oilsands Industry, Abandons No-Net-Loss in Prairies

10 Sep 2013

The Alberta government’s wetland policy announced today will exempt all approved and near-term foreseeable oilsands projects from wetland offsets or restoration. For prairie wetlands, the policy drops the current clear no-net-loss policy goal and exposes even the highest value unprotected wetlands to destruction. This policy will promote ongoing loss of wetlands that purify water, reduce flood and drought severity, and provide crucial wildlife habitat. Read more »

Posted September 12, 2013 by AEN

South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

Sensitive Milk River Ridge Grasslands Open to Oil Exploration

9 Sep 2013

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that sensitive rough fescue and mixed grasslands on the Milk River Ridge are being opened up to exploration activity in the Alberta Bakken oil play. At the same time, efforts to secure legal designation for these lands are being delayed until the Government of Alberta releases its South Saskatchewan Region Plan (SSRP). Read more »

Posted September 9, 2013 by AEN

Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

Government documents show precedent of province blocking Pembina’s participation in oilsands hearings because of critical analysis of government policies
5 Sep 2013

EDMONTON — The Pembina Institute was in court today appealing a Government of Alberta decision not to allow the energy policy think tank to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project, arguing the government broke provincial rules for public participation in the review of energy projects. Read more »

Posted September 5, 2013 by AEN

Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released

With substantial progress on only two of 19 recommendations, faster implementation of oilsands environmental solutions needed to secure social license for future development

29 Apr 2013

Edmonton — Two years after the Pembina Institute outlined 19 steps toward responsible oilsands development in a report entitled Solving the Puzzle, and one year after Alison Redford won a majority government, very little progress has been made on the recommended policy improvements, according to an update released by the Institute today. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2013 by AEN

Alberta Again Violates Caribou Policies With Today's Energy Leasing

24 Apr 2013

“Alberta Energy promotes caribou habitat disturbance by selling leases that drive new well sites, ignoring technology options to reduce existing footprint,” says Carolyn Campbell, AWA conservation specialist.  “In the Little Smoky range with over 95% disturbance, the government wages war on wolves and moose while encouraging more industry footprint that drives caribou population declines.” Read more »

Posted April 24, 2013 by AEN

Stop Alberta Energy Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range

6 Feb 2013

In violation of Alberta’s 2011 woodland caribou policy that places an immediate priority on maintaining caribou habitat, Alberta Energy plans auctions of new oil and gas leases within the Little Smoky caribou range on February 7, March 7 and April 25, 2013. This herd’s habitat is already 95% disturbed, according to Environment Canada. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has issued an open letter to Alberta’s Energy Minister urging him to defer these lease sales as a step towards responsible habitat management for this herd at imminent risk of local extinction. Read more »

Posted February 6, 2013 by AEN

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