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Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Initiative: 
Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Deadline: 
30 Nov 2015 (All day)

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Hardisty Rail Terminal Project, located southeast of Hardisty, Alberta.

To assist in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 30, 2015 to:

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Email: CEAA [dot] Hardisty [dot] ACEE [at] ceaa-acee [dot] gc [dot] ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80113). Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Keystone XL rejection

6 Nov 2015

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's decision by President Obama reiterates that climate change is a key consideration for all energy infrastructure projects going forward. In his statement, the president noted that his decision is motivated in part by a desire to 'lead by example' on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Read more »

Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group

Initiative: 
Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group
Position: 
ENGO Member and Alternate
Application Deadline: 
2 Nov 2015 (All day)

In 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), with the intent of this plan being to guide future resource management decisions, while considering social and economic impacts of development in northeastern Alberta. Under the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF) was developed and released on March 13, 2015 to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

Request for Feedback: Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area

Initiative: 
Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area
Deadline: 
31 Dec 2015 (All day)

From the AER website:

In Bulletin 2014-03: Regulatory Approach for Shallow Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Applications in the Wabiskaw-McMurray Deposit of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, we announced that we were conducting a technical review of the factors that affect reservoir containment of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects in a shallow thermal area. We also announced that we would consult with stakeholders to develop formal regulatory requirements. A draft directive has been developed and we are now seeking your feedback.

To provide feedback, complete the feedback form available on the draft directive’s webpage. Feedback or questions on the draft directive should be sent by e-mail to reservoir [dot] containment [at] aer [dot] ca. Feedback will be accepted until December 31, 2015. All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing the directive. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record, and any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individuals providing it. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.

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Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

Initiative: 
DRAFT Directive : Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
Deadline: 
17 Nov 2015 (All day)

Calgary, Alberta (Sep 17, 2015)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.

As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.

“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Initiative: 
Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Position: 
ENGO Members (2 or 3) and Alternates (2)
Application Deadline: 
11 Sep 2015 (All day)

Purpose:
Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

21st Century Energy—Transitioning to Clean Energy, Alberta's Opportunity

Sep 8 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers and Dialogue from 7-8:30 pm. 

What might the United States teach Albertans about the ramping up to healthier and climate protective energy? How quickly can coal be phased out and how can Albertans help the energy transition?  Read more »

Location

CN Theatre (5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 4, 2015 by AEN

Government of Alberta launches climate change leadership consultations

Initiative: 
Climate Leadership Discussions
Deadline: 
18 Sep 2015 (All day)

Updated: Open house times and locations added

On August 14, 2015, the Alberta government introduced their Climate Change Advisory Panel. Watch the announcement:

The panel is tasked with:

"…engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta."

The Government also released the Climate Leadership Discussion Document, and launched the Climate Leadership Discussion survey to gather input from Albertans. The survey will be open until September 18. The Panel will also be hosting public forums in Calgary and Edmonton:

Calgary Tues, Sept 1
5:30-8:30 pm
Courtyard Marriot Calgary Airport
Stampede Ballroom
2500 48 Avenue NE
Edmonton Wed, Sept 2
5:30-8:30 pm
Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Ballroom
11727 Kingsway Avenue

Posted August 24, 2015 by AEN

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action
14 Aug 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

Read more »

Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

4 Aug 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2015 by AEN

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