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Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

21 Jun 2017

Albertans face unacceptable risks from unfunded oil sands mine clean-up costs. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes it is time for tar sands mine operators to pay full security for their clean-up obligations and remove this burden from the public.  Read more »

Posted June 22, 2017 by AEN

Gravel Mining Puts Water at Risk

17 May 2016

Alberta’s gravel mining policy significantly erodes environmental protection by allowing gravel mining to occur in the 1:100 year floodplain of rivers. Documents obtained by private citizens in a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) request reveal that Alberta’s internal sand and gravel mining policy was developed and approved in 2011 in a secretive process that ignored expert scientific advice and excluded the public. Read more »

Posted May 17, 2016 by AEN

Watershed Stewardship Grants

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2015 - 16:30

From the Land Stewardship Centre website:

WSG applications are NOW being accepted. Get your application form here >>

New for 2015

In addition to the regular WSG funding, for 2015, Land Stewardship Centre, in partnership with the Education and Outreach division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, is offering a new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis. Get the wetland grant application form here >>

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Posted March 17, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to CNRL’s application to resume oilsands operations while bitumen continues to leak near Cold Lake, Alberta

6 Mar 2014

Erin Flanagan, Analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today in response to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) application to resume steaming operations near areas experiencing on-going bitumen-emulsion releases:

“CNRL should not be allowed to increase high pressure cyclic steam stimulation (HPCSS) in proximity to the areas impacted by blowouts in 2013 until the Alberta Energy Regulator investigation is complete, the results have been made public and interested parties have had an opportunity to comment on recommendations arising from the investigation. It is premature to debate additional production until this report is complete and has been subject to public review.

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Posted March 6, 2014 by AEN

Alberta Wetland Policy Exempts Oilsands Industry, Abandons No-Net-Loss in Prairies

10 Sep 2013

The Alberta government’s wetland policy announced today will exempt all approved and near-term foreseeable oilsands projects from wetland offsets or restoration. For prairie wetlands, the policy drops the current clear no-net-loss policy goal and exposes even the highest value unprotected wetlands to destruction. This policy will promote ongoing loss of wetlands that purify water, reduce flood and drought severity, and provide crucial wildlife habitat. Read more »

Posted September 12, 2013 by AEN

Volunteer Opportunity: An Absence of Absinthe

Sep 13 2012 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

The Nature Conservancy has a few exciting volunteer opportunities coming up and we want to get the word out!

Absinthe wormwood is an extremely aggressive invasive species in Canada and establishes in pastures and ranges which can have significant impacts on the quality of forage for wildlife. Join us for a day in the field as we work to remove absinthe wormwood from the Collins property- a 155 acre piece of land that is a key piece in NCC's growing network of protected wetlands in the area. Once we’ve tackled the wormwood, we’ll have the chance to explore and learn about the area with an interpretive nature walk. Read more »

Location

Nearest town: Elnora, AB

Posted September 4, 2012 by AEN

Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy

Jun 5 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

A ​Pre-Conference Workshop at the CWRA Conference June 5 - 8, 2012 

Wetlands are some of the most productive and important ecosystems in the world. Overall, they are very complex and require years of study to grasp the value and importance of the services they offer as well as their function.  Read more »

Location

The Banff Centre
Banff, AB

Posted April 26, 2012 by AEN

Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

19 Apr 2012

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more »

Posted April 19, 2012 by AEN

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