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Sulphur Emissions Down At Alberta Sour Gas Plants, EUB Report Indicates

Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

News Release

For Immediate Release

Calgary, Alberta (August 4, 2005) The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) today issued ST 101-2005: Sulphur Recovery and Sulphur Emissions at Alberta Sour Gas Plants, which summarizes sulphur recovery results at 41 sour gas plants across Alberta.

ST 101-2005 provides a progress report on industry's compliance with Interim Directive (ID) 2001-3: Sulphur Recovery Guidelines for the Province of Alberta (ID 2001-3), issued August 29, 2001. The guidelines established stringent new requirements for sulphur emissions, provided a schedule for existing plants to meet the same sulphur recovery requirements as new plants, and encouraged operators to take early action to improve performance. Read more »

Posted August 9, 2005 by russ

2005 Rs of Excellence Awards - Call for Nominations

Recycling Council of Alberta

Hurry - application deadline is coming up August 31, 2005!

The RCA is seeking nominations for its 2005 Rs of Excellence Awards.

If you know a person, program or organization that has made an outstanding contribution towards waste reduction, please let us know.

Application is simple:

Submit a brief description of the nominee’s achievements, and why you think they deserve an award. Criteria that will be considered in reviewing applications include the following:

  • Environmental impacts (i.e. quantified reductions in waste)
  • Innovation and progressiveness
  • Leadership
  • History and track record
  • Overall environmental commitment

Please include contact information for the nominee as well as for yourself. A minimum of two letters of support are also requested to accompany the application.

You can use the electronic submission form on our website www.recycle.ab.ca or fax your nomination to 403.843.4156.

Application deadline: August 31, 2005.

Posted August 9, 2005 by russ

Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic In Willmore Worsened By Decades Of Fire Suppression

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: August 2, 2005

While the government is spending time and money trying to eradicate the recent infestation of mountain pine beetle in Willmore Wilderness Park, they could better use that money in the future to support ecosystem-based forest research and management. Serious epidemics of forest pests could be avoided by allowing forests to exist in their natural, complex, healthy state instead of being subjected to unnatural management strategies such as fire suppression. Read more »

Posted August 9, 2005 by russ

E-Bulletin – July 29, 2005 Edition

The July 29 edition of the CEN E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website:

EnglishFrench

Contents

  1. Call For Comments
    • Health Canada E-Questionnaire on the Options Analysis Paper.
  2. Events
    • RCEN International Program (IP) conference on managing solid waste in developing countries.
    • BC 29th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium.
    • USC, Evening of Dialogue and Song.
  3. Jobs
    • David Suzuki Foundation, Conservation Biologist, Sustainability Program.
  4. Read more »

Posted August 9, 2005 by russ

New government forestry planning manual -- input needed.

Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society -- Edmonton Chapter

Hello everyone,

I am writing in regards to the government's request for feedback on their new forest management planning manual. This document represents a major shift by the government. I am hoping that many of you will be able to respond, though I realize that time may be a limiting factor for many. To facilitate your efforts I am sending along a link to our recent review of forest management in Alberta , which includes an in-depth analysis of the new planning manual -- go to What's New at www.cpaws-edmonton.org/ . Please note that comments need to be in to the government by Sept. 15 (see the news release appended below). Sending even a short note touching on a few points would be helpful.

In our view, the new planning manual is an important step forward and its implementation should be encouraged. It is the first meaningful thing the government has done with respect to forest management since the release of the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy in 1997. What's wrong with the manual is not so much what is in it, but what was left out. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2005 by russ

Willmore Wilderness Update

Willmore Wilderness Foundation

Hi Everyone:

Andy Van Imschoot of Parks and Protected Areas made arrangement for the Foundation to see the work that is being done to combat the mountain pine beetle that is encroaching over the divide from British Columbia. As a result of a helicopter ride, we have been able to place an update on www.WillmoreWilderessPark.com. The update is taken from Rob Harris's Updates who is a MPB Information Officer. We thank Rob for his excellent communication. He can be reached at Rob [dot] Harris [at] gov [dot] ab [dot] ca. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2005 by russ

CEN E-Bulletin - July 22, 2005 Edition

EnglishFrench

Contents

  1. Call For Comments
    1. Notice of Intent to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Large Final Emitters.
    2. Survey on the Review of Living Organisms Provisions of the New Substances Notification Regulations.
  2. Announcements
    1. Environment Canada Formative Evaluation of CEPA '99.
    2. Report on CCME Acid Rain Task Group Workshop.
  3. Events
    1. Food Safety and GMOs Seminar.
    2. CAPE, Celebration for the Upholding of Toronto's Pesticide Bylaw.
  4. Jobs
    1. Program Coordinator, Sustainability Network.
    2. Executive Director, CPAWS Edmonton.
    3. Program Coordinators, LEPS Youth Enhancing Aquatic Habitats Project.
  5. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2005 by russ

Sierra Club Sprawl Presentation: Acadia

The Sierra Club of Canada - Chinook Group is hosting an evening discussion about Urban Sprawl.

July 27th, 7:00 PM
Acadia Community Association
240 90th Ave SE

Join us to learn more about sprawl and how it affects everyone in Calgary. Read more »

Posted July 22, 2005 by russ

The Big Bow Float Stampedes into Cowtown

Big Bow Float News

Bow Riverkeeper

Jul 19th 2005 11:59pm

We have just arrived in Calgary having finished "Phase 1" of The Big Bow Float. With 250 kilometres down, and 400 kilometres to go, we're almost halfway done!

We have hiked and canoed from the Wapta Icefield home of Bow Glacier) all the way to the western edge of the City of Calgary at Bowness Park.

If you are interested in reading more about our trip, please visit the Trip Progress section of our web site. We have posted trip logs and some fantastic pictures of this beautiful river system.

http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/bbf

The paddling ends when we reach the Oldman River, but our work continues. Please consider making a donation to support our outreach and education efforts. Your support is needed and appreciated!

For Our River, Read more »

Posted July 22, 2005 by russ

Pembina Institute opposes proposed royalty reduction for coalbed methane pilot projects

Encourages public to comment on preliminary findings from the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Coalbed Methane/Natural Gas in Coal

The Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute thinks that many of the recommendations in the draft report released by the Alberta government’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee on Coalbed Methane could ultimately lead to improvements in the way in which coalbed methane is regulated in Alberta, but it does not support the proposed royalty or tax reductions for pilot projects.

Posted July 22, 2005 by russ

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