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ELC Submission regarding Nexen Inc. Water Act Notice of Application

The Environmental Law Centre has posted its statement of concern to Alberta Environment regarding the applications of Nexen under the Water Act to build a water pipeline to the Long Lake Project from the Clearwater River.  

The project proposed by Nexen at this time significantly differs from the original project. Accordingly, this is an important opportunity for the Minister to re-consider, using the powers under the Water Act whether the project is still in the public interest.  Moreover, this is an important opportunity for the Director to consider whether there is sufficient information on environmental effects, and whether the potential environmental impact merits rejection of the application in light of the difference between this proposal and the original application made to the ERCB.

Posted August 31, 2010 by AEN

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 18 No. 4

The August 2010 issue of Wildlands Advocate (Vol. 18 No. 4) is available for download from the AWA website.


  • Guilty!: Syncrude Runs "Afoul" of Canadian and Alberta Environmental Laws
  • The Boreal: A Birder's Wonderland
  • New Policy Tools for Conservation in Alberta's Boreal Natural Region
  • Tar Sands Lobby: 1 - Wetlands Policy: 0?
  • In Situ Tar Sands Risks Confirmed by Recent Blowouts
  • Progress in Ghost River Watershed Planning
  • Business as Usual as ERCB Approves Kananaskis Sour Gas Pipeline
  • Ants and Antelope

Posted August 27, 2010 by AEN

National pollutant data finally released, sort of

Following the recent release of new mining pollution data — compelled by a lawsuit by MiningWatch Canada & Great Lakes United — the Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman posts on the "sorry state of access to pollution data in Canada":

The question remains, does anyone even know the environmental impact from spills and routine releases from industry and municipalities in Canada? Is it even possible for anyone to find out if there are reporting and access to information barriers?

Posted August 16, 2010 by AEN

Groups weigh in on Alberta's Oil Sands PR Campaign

As the Alberta government ramps up its oil sands public relations campaign, AEN member groups weigh in, and call on the government to focus on action rather than advertising. The Pembina Institute's Danielle Droitsch suggests that Alberta should pay heed to the mistakes made by BP and direct its energies towards aggressive action rather than public relations:

In the case of oil sands, public relations will go only so far to countering a growing image problem. It will likely take a dramatic gesture as suggested by the premier's council for the public in both Canada and the U.S. to take notice.

John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada, suggests that:

If the Alberta government really wants to change public perception it will take a lot more than an ad campaign and a website. Actions speak louder than words.

Posted August 5, 2010 by AEN

The truth about tailings

The Pembina Institute's Jennifer Grant sets the record straight on some facts in Pembina's recent report, Northern Lifeblood: Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from Oil Sands Risks.

Downplaying, or ignoring unresolved tailings risks is not helpful at a time we need stronger policies and more publicly available information to inform responsible management.

Posted August 5, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Briefing Note: Canadian Oil Sands and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Facts in Perspective

This briefing note outlines key information about greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil sands today and in the future. Recent attention to the issue of greenhouse gases in Canada and the U.S. prompted the Pembina Institute to outline key issues in more detail. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2010 by AEN

RCEN e-Bulletin — August 4, 2010

The Canadian Environmental Network has posted the August 4th, 2010 edition of the e-Bulletin.


Canadian Youth Delegation to Attend UN Biodiversity Conference in Japan

The RCEN and the Youth Caucus are pleased to announce the Official Canadian Youth Delegation going to the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in Nagoya, Japan, from October 18-29.

Given that 2010 is the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity and August 2010 marks the beginning of the United Nation’s International Year of Youth, we applaud Canadian youth’s commitment to both of these years and, more importantly, youth participation in discussions that will shape our future. Get to know the delegates here, and show your support by buying a t-shirt to help them fundraise for the trip!

RCEN 2010 Conference: Visions of the Saint Lawrence in 2021

Join us on Sunday, September 19th, for this plenary on the ecosystem services provided by the Saint Lawrence River. Speakers will discuss current threats to its biodiversity and possible solutions for the next 10 years, with a special focus on the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Saint Lawrence.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bertrand Brassard, Vice-President Exploration and Director, Nevado Venture Capital Inc.
  • Marie Lagier, Executive Director, Stratégies Saint-Laurent
  • Jean-Patrick Toussaint, Chief, Scientific Projects, David Suzuki Foundation

Register today to attend the Conference! September 17-19 in Montreal Read more »

Posted August 5, 2010 by AEN

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