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Rainbow I Pipeline Spill: AWA calls for full investigation

The Alberta Wilderness Association has called on the Government of Alberta to undertake a "full and transparent investigation… into the safety, health and environmental damage associated with the Rainbow I Pipeline spill." They further ask the ERCB to "thoroughly examine current pipeline management, monitoring, and enforcement policies" before "all other proposed intra-Alberta pipelin Read more »

Posted May 16, 2011 by AEN

Alta. oil pipeline leaked 28,000 barrels - Emergency crews working to clean up massive leak northeast of Peace River

May 3, 2011 4:50 PM MT

A pipeline break northeast of Peace River, Alta., has leaked 28,000 barrels of crude oil, during what is now considered to be one of the largest spills in the province's history.

The leak from the Plains Midstream Canada pipeline, discovered Friday, was originally thought to have involved several hundred barrels of oil. Read more »

Posted May 4, 2011 by Anonymous

Future of Water Workshops

Hope things are very well! We thought you and those in your network would be interested in our upcoming Future of Water Workshops. We have four planned across Canada— visit our brand new website to check them out! Read more »

Posted April 22, 2011 by Anonymous

ELC Brief on Bill 10, Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, 2011

The Environmental Law Centre has posted their comments on Bill 10, the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act. Download or view their brief on the ELC website.

While the ELC has consistently supported both the Land-use Framework and ALSA as necessary steps towards a strong integrated, binding land use planning system for Alberta, we have as consistently raised our concerns regarding the limited rights for public participation and appeal within this new system and the broad discretion given to government with little accountability. Bill 10 has not eased our concerns on these points.

Posted April 12, 2011 by AEN

Declining Grasslands and Species at Risk

On the Environmental Law Centre blog, Laura Bowman posts on the decline on native grasslands in Canada, and the threats posed to the species at risk in Alberta that rely on grassland habitats. Bowman identifies deficiencies in the recently posted Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada:

Although most of the grasslands on which this bird depends are outside federal lands, only federal lands are identified as critical habitat in the recovery strategy.

Bowman concludes that:

Alberta urgently needs to make a clear commitment to protection of remaining native grasslands to prevent extirpation of grassland species.  Instead, the Alberta Government continues to dispose of native grasslands for other uses. Read more »

Posted April 7, 2011 by AEN

How to Make Water Last - YES! Magazine

(in support of World Water Week)

Only a tiny fraction of Earth’s water is available as fresh water. But even with climate change and growing populations, there’s enough for everyone if we work together to keep it clean, use it wisely, and share it fairly.

YES! Magazine dedicated their entire May 2010 edition in support of water. Articles include: Read more »

Posted March 22, 2011 by Anonymous

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