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Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

28 Jan 2011

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on approval of Total Joslyn Mine

27 Jan 2011

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about the approval of Total's Joslyn Mine.

"Merely minutes after celebrating the creation of an oil dominated advisory panel the Provincial government fell further from their 'world class' ideals and signed off on another toxic tar sands mine under an admittedly broken system. The Joslyn North mine puts downstream communities at risk for further treaty rights violations, further health problems, and further environmental damage. It's time this government learns to subtract from their problems rather than continuing to add to them, because disappointingly the only thing 'world class' coming out of this government is deception."

For further comment call Sheila at 780-660-0312

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Rob Renner's appointment of tar sands monitoring review committee

27 Jan 2011

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about Environment Minister Rob Renner’s tar sands monitoring announcement: 

 "It is frustrating to see the environment minister promise Albertan's a 'world class' monitoring system for future environmental stewardship and yet stake their advisory committee with the interests of big oil. Albertan's should be outraged by the appointment of Industry interests such as TransCanada Corporation, Tailsman Energy and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on this committee and yet once again we see the marginalization of local people and Indigenous knowledge holders."  Read more »

Posted January 27, 2011 by AEN

ENGO responses to Royal Society of Canada's report: "Environmental & Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry"

  1. Pembina responds to Royal Society of Canada report
    http://www.pembina.org/media-release/2141
  2. Sierra Club Canada responds to Royal Society of Canada report
    http://prairie.sierraclub.ca/en/tar-sands/media/release/sierra-club-cana...
  3. Royal Society Report on Tar Sands ignores Traditional Knowledge
    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/node/3554

The full report (9Mb) can be downloaded here.

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

19 Jan 2011

EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more »

Posted January 20, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Alberta Environment oilsands monitoring announcement

20 Dec 2010

CALGARY, AB — Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst for the Pembina Institute responded to Alberta Environment's announcement of a provincial environmental monitoring panel.

"It is a step forward for the Alberta government to concede that the current monitoring system for the oilsands is inadequate, but this announcement needs to be kept in perspective. The government has asked for recommendations for a world-class monitoring system, but it's uncertain when or even whether they will be implemented.

 

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Posted December 20, 2010 by AEN

New report highlights gaps in Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline application

16 Dec 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A report released by the Pembina Institute today reveals gaping holes in Enbridge's application to build the Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline from Alberta to B.C.'s North Coast. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

15 Dec 2010

Edmonton - The Royal Society of Canada report on the tar sands validates the concerns of Sierra Club Canada in calling for improved environmental assessment, enforcement of regulations, studies of impacts on ground and surface water  and monitoring of health impacts.

"Repeated throughout the report is a call for more study of the impacts and greater access to information," said John Bennett. Read more »

Posted December 15, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Royal Society of Canada’s report on oilsands impacts

Expert science panel confirms serious gaps in government oversight of oilsands development

15 Dec 2010

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director and Jennifer Grant, oilsands director of the Pembina Institute made the following statements in response to the release of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel findings on Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry:

"Today the scientists of the Royal Society of Canada confirmed that there are many serious gaps in the environmental assessment, regulation and monitoring of Canada's oilsands industry," said Simon Dyer. 

 

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Posted December 15, 2010 by AEN

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