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Pembina reacts to new Alberta oilsands mine reclamation security policy

17 Mar 2011

Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, responded to the Government of Alberta announcement of a new oilsands mine reclamation security policy.

On the new Mine Financial Security Program:

"Although this reclamation security policy has some improvements in transparency over the previous version, one of the fundamental principles of this policy is flawed — that the assets of the mine, which created these liabilities in the first place, can be used to pay for the cleanup.

 

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Posted March 17, 2011 by AEN

New report finds strong climate policies create jobs while reducing emissions

Upcoming federal budget should increase support for renewable energy and efficiency programs, research suggests

15 Mar 2011

OTTAWA, ON — Canada's governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by maintaining the status quo, according to a new report on the effects of climate change policies on employment released today by the Pembina Institute.

The Institute's report, Reducing pollution, creating jobs, examines the evidence from a wide range of international and Canadian research on "green" jobs and the economic impacts of climate policies. Read more »

Posted March 15, 2011 by AEN

Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

28 Jan 2011

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

28 Jan 2011

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

25 Jan 2011

Clare Demerse, associate director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the "Parallel Paths" report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE):

"This report raises some fundamental questions about the government's longstanding policy of waiting for the U.S. before implementing strong climate policies in Canada. Read more »

Posted January 25, 2011 by AEN

ENGO responses to Royal Society of Canada's report: "Environmental & Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry"

  1. Pembina responds to Royal Society of Canada report
    http://www.pembina.org/media-release/2141
  2. Sierra Club Canada responds to Royal Society of Canada report
    http://prairie.sierraclub.ca/en/tar-sands/media/release/sierra-club-cana...
  3. Royal Society Report on Tar Sands ignores Traditional Knowledge
    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/node/3554

The full report (9Mb) can be downloaded here.

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

19 Jan 2011

EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more »

Posted January 20, 2011 by AEN

Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Alberta Environment oilsands monitoring announcement

20 Dec 2010

CALGARY, AB — Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst for the Pembina Institute responded to Alberta Environment's announcement of a provincial environmental monitoring panel.

"It is a step forward for the Alberta government to concede that the current monitoring system for the oilsands is inadequate, but this announcement needs to be kept in perspective. The government has asked for recommendations for a world-class monitoring system, but it's uncertain when or even whether they will be implemented.

 

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Posted December 20, 2010 by AEN

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