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Sask. family demands answers on carbon capture and storage risks

11 Jan 2011

REGINA — A Saskatchewan family has demanded a full public investigation of documented problems on its Weyburn property, located on top of a Cenovus Energy carbon capture and storage site, in light of independent research that indicates unnaturally high levels of CO2 in the area’s soil.

Cameron and Jane Kerr first noticed changes in surface water and well water on their property in 2004, one year after CO2 injections in the area began, and reported these incidents to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources. Read more »

Posted January 11, 2011 by AEN

Field Notes: News from AEN Member Groups

Melissa Gorrie posts on the Ecojustice Canada blog about the Carbon Capture and Storage Statutes Amendment Act and why Albertans…

"…should be concerned about the risks the government is taking with their health and the ecosystem and must call on government to amend this legislation before it is implemented."

Over at the Pembina Institute blog, Jennifer Grant posts about the ERCB's apparent "flip-flop" on the rules for oilsands tailings production; David Dodge introduces us to Pembina's new Executive Director; and Clare Demerse reports on the just-concluded UN climate talks in Cancun.

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts as Canada again ranks near last on climate change performance index

6 Dec 2010

Matthew Bramley, director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the annual Climate Change Performance Index, in which Canada finished in 54th place of the 57 countries evaluated:
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Posted December 6, 2010 by AEN

Climate talks in Cancun: there is still time for Canadian leadership

3 Dec 2010

CANCUN, MEXICO — As the first week of United Nations climate talks in Cancun draws to a close, the stage is set for the arrival of political representatives to open the high-level portion of the negotiations.

Despite a rocky start for the government of Canada, which collected three Fossil of the Day awards on the first day of the talks, the remaining negotiations offer opportunities for Canada to step up and rebuild some climate credibility. Read more »

Posted December 6, 2010 by AEN

People's Assembly for Climate Justice

Dec 5 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

During the next major round of climate negotiations in Cancun Mexico (November 29th to December 10th), People's Assemblies on Climate Justice (PACJ) will be taking place across Canada. PACJ are movement-building and organizing events. The focus is on dialogue and transforming awareness into action through community-based climate justice actions. Read more »

Location

Memorial Park Library
1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary, AB

Posted December 3, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Institute to release new analysis of U.S. greenhouse gas regulations for industry

Experts available to comment on the upcoming U.S. EPA regulations and their implications for Canada in advance of a technical briefing on Thursday

29 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Pembina Institute representatives are available to comment on the Obama administration's plan to regulate industrial greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act starting in January.  

The Institute will release a detailed analysis of the upcoming EPA regulations at a technical briefing on Thursday in Ottawa, where representatives will explain the new U.S. approach to regulating industrial emissions and what it could mean for Canada. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

PM allows unelected Senate to kill climate bill in unprecedented vote

17 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Stephen Harper has done what he promised to never do, allow the Senate to go against the will of the majority of Members of Parliament and the Canadian public. Last night, Stephen Harper's Senators voted to defeat the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311) before the bill even had a chance to be debated.

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Posted November 17, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice's resignation

4 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Minister Prentice's resignation on Thursday afternoon:

"Minister Prentice made significant progress on issues like national parks and toxics, and he certainly appeared to want to make meaningful progress on climate change. Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

Everyone's Downstream IV— Tar sands production & resistance: developing locally, expanding globally

Nov 25 2010 (All day) - Nov 28 2010 (All day)

An international conference on community resistance to the tar sands. This year's themes include:

  • Tar sands go global: Madagascar, Trinidad and more
  • Building accountable movements: ENGOs, secret deals,
  • …and how to build and demand democracy and transparency
  • Ongoing resistance: communities fighting pipelines, refineries, and other tar sands infrastructure

Organized by OilSandsTruth.org Read more »

Location

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)
University of Alberta (off 116 Street, between 91 & 92 Avenue)
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 2, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

A major player in the dirtiest electrical energy system in Canada attempts to back out of its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta

27 Oct 2010

EDMONTON, AB – Environmental groups and landowners, alongside major utility companies, are opposing an application by Capital Power to renege on a legal obligation to offset more than half its greenhouse gas emissions from the new Genesee 3 power plant.

If the Alberta Utilities Commission agrees to allow Capital Power to no longer honour this commitment the company will cease to offset 1.34 MT of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of putting 224,000 cars on the road. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

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