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Court ruling demonstrates oil sands review process broken

Judge rules ERCB not required to review Shell’s failure to follow through on pollution limits
28 Aug 2009

Calgary, Alberta — An Alberta court decision that permits the Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) to ignore Royal Dutch Shell's breach of written agreements made to obtain regulatory approval signals a likely end to collaborative approaches in the oil sands.

Posted September 1, 2009 by Anonymous

Will Saskatchewan Oil Sands be a Carbon Copy of Alberta’s Mistakes?

Comprehensive new report outlines risks of poorly managed oil sands development and proposes a new approach
13 Aug 2009
Saskatoon — Oil sands development in Saskatchewan should be paused immediately so that appropriate planning and regulatory processes can be put in place before further development occurs, says a report released today by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) in conjunction with the Pembina Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The report, Carbon Copy: Preventing Oil Sands Fever in Saskatchewan, outlines key steps that would be required to ensure any oil sands development proceeds responsibly.

Posted August 13, 2009 by Anonymous

Climate Action Camp: It's Time to Defend the Planet

Aug 28 2009 (All day) - Aug 30 2009 (All day)

This is the first of 4-6 climate camps that Greenpeace will be organizing across the country in the lead-up to Copenhagen. If you have members in or near Alberta would appreciate any help circulating the call out.

August 28th – 30th (Friday-Sunday)
Edmonton, Alberta
Register Today!!!

Everyday, people feel the worsening effects of climate change as the world’s temperature continues to rise. Our leaders have done little to nothing, leaving the planet undefended against the worsening effects of climate change. Read more »


near Edmonton, AB

Posted August 11, 2009 by Anonymous

Pembina Reacts: AERI Reports on Oil Sands Emissions

23 Jul 2009
Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the release by the Alberta Energy Research Institute of two new analyses comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands and other sources of crude oil:

“These reports reaffirm that producing and burning oil from the oil sands results in up to 45 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions relative to some sources of conventional crude oil. Read more »

Posted July 23, 2009 by Anonymous

Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

Pembina Institute Distributes Facts to Key Decision Makers in Canada and the U.S.
4 Jun 2009

On June 4, 2009, the Pembina Institute distributed copies of a new resource, Clearing the Air on Oil Sands Myths, to key Canadian and U.S. decision makers. It identifies a growing body of oil sands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oil sands industry. Read more »

Posted June 4, 2009 by russ

Groundwater use in oil sands "unsustainable" — Natural Resources Canada sponsored report

National report cites critical need for more monitoring and stronger laws for "out of sight out of mind" resource

11 May 2009

As federal hearings begin on oil sands and water today, a national report released today by the Council of Canadian Academies points out that groundwater use in the oil sands region is unsustainable. The report, commissioned by National Resources Canada, focuses on groundwater issues across Canada and evaluates current and emerging issues for groundwater protection. Over 90 percent of rural Albertans rely on groundwater resources. Read more »

Posted May 11, 2009 by Anonymous

Public Rally: Tar Sands and Water Don’t Mix

May 13 2009 - 1:30pm

The Federal Government's Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development is undertaking a study of water and the tar sands. Public hearings will be taking place in Ottawa (May 7), Edmonton (May 12), and Calgary (May 13), in addition to site visits of Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan (May 11). At the hearings selected downstream community leaders, scientists, environmental organizations, and industry representatives will all be providing testimonies.


Outside the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre
1316 33 Street NE
Calgary, AB

Posted May 11, 2009 by Anonymous

Tar Sands Public Meeting with Linda Duncan MP

May 12 2009 - 7:00pm
Linda Duncan will host a public meeting to talk about the impact of tar sands developments on the environment and First Nations. Linda has invited Chief Allan Adams of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Chief Francois Paulette, Elder Spokesman for the Smiths Landing First Nation and former Grand Chief of Treaty Eight, to speak to the meeting and take questions and comments. All are welcome!


TransAlta Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 2, 2009 by Anonymous

Watch 'Downstream' for free online:

At the heart of the multi-billion dollar oil sands industry in Northern Alberta, Dr. John O' Connor's career is jeopardized as he fights for the lives of the aboriginal people living and dying of rare forms of cancer downstream from one of the largest oil operations in the world. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2009 by Anonymous

Canadian Premiere of Oscar Shortlisted Film 'Downstream'

Sunday March 8th, 2pm and 4pm Metro Cinema Edmonton

Monday March 9th, 7pm and 9:30pm Plaza Theatre Calgary

Canada 2008, 33 min, DigiBeta, Director: Leslie Iwerks

At the heart of the multi-billion dollar oil sands industry in Northern Alberta, Dr. John O' Connor's career is jeopardized as he fights for the lives of the aboriginal people living and dying of rare forms of cancer downstream from one of the largest oil operations in the world. Making the short-list for this year's Academy Award® Nominations for best short documentary, Downstream provides an in-depth look at the toll oil sands extraction is potentially taking on the residents of Fort Chipewyan.  A community affected by high rates of unusual cancer, the people of Fort Chip have struggled for years to have their concerns addressed by government and industry. Downstream has raised unprecedented awareness in Canada and the U.S. regarding the environmental and social impacts of the tar sands.  In conjunction with high level members of the NRDC, it is now being viewed by members of the Obama Administration. Following its upcoming Canadian premiere in Edmonton and Calgary March 8th & 9th, it will have its International premiere on in March 2009. The accompanying feature film, Upstream, is scheduled for release in Summer of 2009. Read more »

Posted February 27, 2009 by Anonymous

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