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Upcoming Oil Sands Events

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I would like to highlight a few very important events that will be taking place in the oil sands realm. The Pembina Institute will be celebrating the end of their "Connecting the Drops" Athabasca River expedition in coordination with a rally organized by the First Nations communities of Fort Chipewyan on August 14th in Fort Chipewyan. The event will highlight the health and environmental concerns they currently hold in their region. All are encouraged to attend, please see the attached poster by George Poitras to obtain more information about this important event. Feel free to contact myself or George for further information on the rally. Speakers at this event will include Dr. O'Connor, Dr. Schindler, Melanie Nakagawa (NRDC), Don VanHout (expedition leader), Dan Woynillowicz (Pembina Institute), as well as Chiefs and Elders from the community. Read more »

Posted August 1, 2007 by Anonymous

Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee Recommendations Fail to Address Runaway Pace of Oil Sands Development

Pembina Institute

For immediate release
July 25, 2007

Responsibility Now Rests With Premier Stelmach

The recommendations of the Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee released today by the Government of Alberta fail to address the main concerns of Albertans, according to the Pembina Institute. The final report was submitted to the Government of Alberta on June 30, 2007, and is currently being reviewed by the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The Ministers have not yet responded to either the consensus or non-consensus recommendations of the committee. Read more »

Posted July 25, 2007 by Anonymous

CPANS Luncheon: Environmental Governance for Responsible Oil Sands Development

Description:
The need to put development in “neutral”. by Jennifer Grant, Policy Analyst, Pembina InstituteWhat is environmental governance? What is the current status of environmental governance as it relates to oil sands development? Are any measures required to improve environmental governance? How will this impact oil sands development? Read more »

New Pembina Report Calls for Better Groundwater Protection During Coalbed Methane and Other Natural Gas Production

Pembina Institute

April 30, 2007

The Pembina Institute's latest report, Protecting Water, Producing Gas is a detailed examination of the potential impact of drilling for coalbed methane and other forms of unconventional gas on precious fresh groundwater. The report, released today, calls on the government to protect groundwater to greater depths than at present. Read more »

Posted April 30, 2007 by Anonymous

Oil Sands Blueprint Calls for Responsible Resource Development

The Pembina Institute

Apr 2, 2007

In response to Phase II of the Alberta Oil Sands Consultations, the Pembina Institute released a blueprint that calls for a moratorium on new oil sands project approvals and lease sales until six key requirements for responsible development are addressed. Read more »

Posted April 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Environmental groups call on Prime Minister to adopt Clean Air and Climate Change Act

Media Release

For release: March 30, 2007

Climate Action Network/Réseau action climat Canada is calling on the Government of Canada to immediately pass and implement the Clean Air and Climate Change Act (Bill C-30) as amended by a House of Commons legislative committee this week. The amended version contains most of the changes proposed jointly by environmental organizations in January, including regulations requiring our largest polluters to face “Kyoto-level” caps on their greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

Posted April 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Environment Groups Sue to Block Federal Reliance on "Phantom" Mitigation for the Oil Sands

Media Release

Mar 30, 2007

Sierra Legal, on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations, filed an application yesterday for a Federal Court judicial review of the Joint Panel report assessing the Imperial Oil Kearl Oil Sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta, the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition and Sierra Legal will argue that the Joint Panel failed to properly do its job, and that a proper environmental review must take place before the federal government can decide whether to allow the Kearl Oil Sands project to proceed. Read more »

Posted April 2, 2007 by Anonymous

ENGO Capacity Building: Engaging Companies for Corporate Environmental Responsibility, New Approaches and Lessons Learned

Location:
Kananaskis

Description:
This fall, join the Pembina Institute in the Rockies to discuss how Canadian ENGOs can best engage companies for corporate environmental responsibility, whether as adversaries or allies.From November 13-15th, Pembina will host a training workshop designed to help the Canadian ENGO community build the skills and knowledge necessary to more effectively engage companies operating in Canada. Highlights of the session include: Presentations by leading industry thinkers and practitioners on what makes companies tick and what ticks companies off; Pembina Institute lessons from 20 years of engaging companies for increased environmental responsibility, both as good cop and bad cop; Shared lessons from the experiences of 20-25 Canadian ENGOs and; A concluding “Thought Leader” forum, during which workshop attendees and industry/government representatives will collaboratively discuss approaches and solutions to a hot-button environmental issue. Read more »

Scientists warn of the severe environmental consequences of Alberta's deep oil sands development

August 1, 2006

Fort McMurray, AB - In a report and interactive movie released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Pembina Institute, scientists warn that projected development of Alberta's deep oil sands will drive many boreal wildlife species, including caribou, lynx, marten and some forest bird species to local extinction.

Today's 35-page report is the first assessment that fully quantifies the cumulative impact of Alberta's deep oil sands extraction on forests and wildlife. Although oil sands strip mining near Fort McMurray has received most of the attention to date, 80% of Alberta's oil sands reserves are too deep to be mined and must be extracted through in situ (in place) techniques. Read more »

Posted August 2, 2006 by russ

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