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Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

1 May 2015

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more »

Posted May 1, 2015 by AEN

Brisk Alberta Energy Lease Sales in Endangered Caribou Habitat Continue During Election

Who Will Sustainably Manage Alberta’s Forests and Wildlife?

28 Apr 2015

On April 29, in the midst of an election, the Alberta government plans another major auction of new oil and gas leases on 35,600 hectares (356 km2) of endangered mountain and boreal woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km2 of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2015 by AEN

Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Apr 30 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Many Albertans have engaged  recently in a number of important water issues. Ensuring our source water security, as well as drought and flood risk management, has become vitally important to each one of us. AWA believes there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. Join us for this panel discussion and hear candidates from major provincial political parties share their views about 'water for tomorrow'.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more »

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

9 Apr 2015

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more »

Posted April 9, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

23 Mar 2015

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2015 by AEN

Little Smoky Fracking Water Application Reveals Alberta’s Missing Cumulative Effects Management in Duvernay Region

21 Mar 2015

Alberta’s lack of cumulative effects management is revealed in Shell’s recent application to use up to 5 million m3 per year of lake water for oil and gas fracking operations in west central Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

Protect the Pollinators Tour

Mar 23 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

It might still feel like winter, but spring is fast approaching, and preparations are well underway for Sierra Club Canada Foundation’s Protect the Pollinators cross-country tour, sponsored by Simpatico Song and Script. Read more »

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk
13 Mar 2015

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more »

Posted March 13, 2015 by AEN

Postponed Major New Energy Lease Sales A Good Step for Endangered Alberta Mountain Caribou

6 Mar 2015

Today the Alberta government postponed a major auction of new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) within the endangered Redrock Prairie Creek mountain woodland caribou range. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this decision. AWA calls on the Alberta government to defer further energy lease sales in endangered caribou ranges until effective rules are in place to protect and recover their habitat. Read more »

Posted March 6, 2015 by AEN

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