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Oil Sands Fever to Strike Edmonton with 10-fold Increase in Upgrading

Mistakes from Fort McMurray must not be repeated

The Pembina Institute

For Immediate Release

Edmonton, June 16, 2008 —The first ever report to provide an in-depth look at the environmental impacts of upgrading oil sands bitumen in the Edmonton region was released by the Pembina Institute today. It provides an assessment of the cumulative environmental impacts of a 10-fold expansion of upgrading capacity proposed for Edmonton’s doorstep, and it recommends that the Government of Alberta only approve new projects once environmental and infrastructure plans are completed and implemented. Read more »

Posted June 17, 2008 by Anonymous

Government System of Land-Use Planning Threatens Ability to Protect Environment

New law needed to integrate management of impacts to land, air and water resources

Calgary, April 16, 2008 - The Government of Alberta cannot effectively manage the growing impacts of development on Alberta's natural resources without a new law that considers cumulative impacts and provides tools to manage growth effectively, concludes a report released today by the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more »

Posted April 16, 2008 by Anonymous

Alberta by Design Checklist: Evaluating Alberta's Land-Use Framework

Pembina Institute & Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Northern Alberta Chapter

The announcement of the Alberta government's draft Land-use Framework (LUF) is expected in May or June. This announcement will provide an opportunity for AEN members to comment on the LUF.

Rick Schneider (CPAWS Northern Alberta) and Steve Kennett (Pembina Institute) have written a 'checklist' for evaluating the LUF. This checklist is intended to assist ENGOs, landowner groups and other allies in developing their responses to the government's LUF announcement.

The checklist and a background paper released in February (Alberta by Design: Blueprint for an Effective Land-Use Framework) are available at www.pembina.org and www.cpawsnab.org. Read more »

Posted April 8, 2008 by Anonymous

Environmentalists win landmark Tar Sands lawsuit

Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment

Edmonton March 05, 2008

The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project, north of Fort McMurray.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition .

“This is a huge victory,” said Nixon. “The Court accepted our position that the environmental assessment was flawed, and that the Joint Panel failed to explain why it thought the Kearl Project’s environmental effects were insignificant. We will now consider whether to bring another lawsuit to challenge the project’s federal permit that was granted without legal authority.” Read more »

Posted March 5, 2008 by Anonymous

Alberta’s Land and Resource Management System Broken

New report lays out blueprint for land use framework

Pembina InstituteCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Feb 21, 2008 — The Government of Alberta’s approach to land and resource management has led the province down a path of unsustainable development. A new report by the Pembina Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) proposes a blueprint for improving Albertans’ quality of life and ensuring environmental sustainability. Read more »

Posted February 21, 2008 by Anonymous

Premier Stelmach Fails to Deliver Action on Climate Change

Announcement Will Lead to More Delay with its "Plan to Plan"

Pembina Institute

Jan 24, 2008

The Government of Alberta unveiled its much-anticipated "green plan" today. But instead of outlining near-term targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions the plan only sets a target for reducing GHG emissions by 2050.

"Premier Stelmach's announcement today is shockingly irresponsible, it continues to delay action and promises only a plan to plan. There are no short-term targets for absolute reductions in GHG pollution and no requirements for large polluters to reduce emissions," says Dan Woynillowicz, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute. "Alberta is the largest greenhouse gas polluter in Canada, producing close to one third of Canada's emissions. Albertans want action and Premier Stelmach is playing games by trying to dodge responsibility for delivering any real results until 2050." Read more »

Posted January 31, 2008 by Anonymous

Public Presentation: Wind Energy in Alberta – Beyond Tokenism

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By Tim Weis, Pembina InstituteFree presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm Wind energy one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the world, and the province of Alberta has one of Canada’s best wind regimes but is still only harnessing less than 1/10th of its potential. How can the Province and individuals take advantage of this renewable resource? What barriers does the technology face? How can wind energy be moved from the margins to the mainstream? Read more »

Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

While Alberta Premier goes to Washington, the Kearl Tar Sands Project is going to court

January 14, 2008

EDMONTON - While Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is in Washington this week seeking to assure Americans that there are no environmental problems associated with dirty tar sands development, Canadian environmental organizations are going to court tomorrow to challenge a massive tar sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Imperial Oil's proposed Kearl Tar Sands project includes an open-pit mine that would strip 200 square kilometres of Boreal Forest and contribute to the devastation of the region's landscape and wildlife.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon will be in court on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, arguing that the environmental assessment of the open-pit mine project was flawed and that the project should be halted until a proper assessment has been completed. Read more »

Posted January 17, 2008 by Anonymous

First-ever Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card Reveals Weak Environmental Performance

Jan 10, 2008

Today, Pembina Institute and WWF-Canada released Under-Mining The Environment, The Oil Sands Report Card — the most comprehensive comparative assessment of 10 of Alberta's operating, approved or applied for oil sands mines. The mines, for the most part, get a failing grade. Read more »

Posted January 10, 2008 by Anonymous

Government Amendments to Bill 46 Insufficient

Premier Stelmach Must Have All-Party Committee Hear From Albertans

Calgary – November 29, 2007 – Local landowner groups – including the Lavesta Area Group, Pembina Agricultural Protection Association and Livingstone Landowner Group – and the Pembina Institute are repeating their call for Premier Stelmach to send Bill 46 to an all-party committee to have public hearings and improve the bill before passing it in the legislature. Read more »

Posted November 29, 2007 by Anonymous

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