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ERCB says it can exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulations

9 Dec 2010

CALGARY — The Energy Resources Conservation Board has declared it has the power to exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulatory standards, a move environmental groups say is indicative of the board’s toothless tailings pond management.

The ERCB’s declaration came in response to a review application submitted in August by Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more »

Posted December 9, 2010 by AEN

CPAWS Northern Alberta AGM & Celebration

Nov 2 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

CPAWS Northern Alberta is 42 — Come celebrate at our AGM!

Celebrate with us — Event is free and all are welcome.  Come for all or part. Read more »

Location

trathcona Branch, Edmonton Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 29, 2010 by AEN

New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

All federal leaders say more must be done; report outlines Ottawa’s duties under existing federal laws

20 Oct 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Three of Canada's leading environmental organizations released a new report today detailing how federal laws should be enforced to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of oilsands activity. The report follows the federal government's recent acknowledgement, in striking a panel to review pollution in the Athabasca River, of the need for Ottawa to play a greater role in the oilsands. Read more »

Posted October 20, 2010 by AEN

The Fight for Water: Challenging Water Markets in Alberta

Oct 26 2010 - 7:00pm

Featuring

Maude Barlow

National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly

Ian Douglas

National Coordinator, Fair Water Use Australia (via Skype from Australia)

Other speakers to be announced

FREE (donations accepted) Read more »

Location

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) 1-001
University of Alberta Campus (East of 116 Street between 91 and 92 Avenues)
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 14, 2010 by AEN

Municipal candidates overwhelmingly say information, consultation lacking on plans for water markets

14 Oct 2010

Candidates running in municipal elections across Alberta overwhelmingly oppose the provincial government’s direction towards a provincial water market, and say they have not been sufficiently consulted as part of the current review of Alberta’s water allocation system, according to the results of an online survey conducted by the Our Water is Not For Sale network. Read more »

Posted October 14, 2010 by AEN

Rally! No Tar Sands, No Pipeline, No Tankers - No Problem!

Oct 16 2010 - 1:00pm

Solidarity Rally!

No Tar Sands, No Tankers, No Pipeline, No Problem - Clean Energy Now!

Stand in solidarity with communities from Alberta to the BC coast fighting the Tar Sands, the most environmentally devastating project in human history. There will be rallies happening on October 16th and 17th in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and in Prince George to send the message loud and clear that the extraction and transportation of dirty oil is not the answer! Read more »

Location

McIntyre (Gazebo) Park
83 Avenue & 104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 13, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

7 Oct 2010

EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Read more »

Posted October 8, 2010 by AEN

Swim, Drink, & Fish Public Information Session and North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper Introduction

Nov 16 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presenter: Michael G. Sullivan, Ph.D., Provincial Fisheries Science Specialist, Fish and Wildlife Division, Sustainable Resource Development

Dr. Sullivan will deliver a highly visual, practical and interactive presentation and discussion on the present and future of our ability to swim, drink and fish in the Capital Region and areas upstream and downstream.  Dr. Sullivan's presentation is based on research funded by the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) titled, Cumulative Effects Assessment of the North Saskatchewan River Watershed using ALCES (click for Executive Summary and link to complete report). Read more »

Location

Aurora Room
Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta Campus (87 Avenue & 116 Street, just west of the Jubilee Auditorium)
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 4, 2010 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Fed Gov't Scientific Panel

Action Required Until Effects Understood

30 Sep 2010

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie, had to the following to say about the Federal Government appointment of a scientific panel to study the effects of tar sands.

"Although the appointment of this panel is a quiet admission by the federal government that tar sands are adversly affecting Northern Alberta,  it does not go far enough to ensure there will be no further damage. If the government seriously wishes to address the environmental and health concerns of local people on a comprehensive scale, they would call for an immediate moratorium on all new approvals and construction until the effects of existing projects are clearly understood and the harm mitigated. In the immediate, this means saying no to the Total application for the Joslyn North Mine Project open pit mine."

Read more »

Posted September 30, 2010 by AEN

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Information Session

Sep 28 2010 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan will identify and set resource and environmental management outcomes for air, land, water and biodiversity, and guide future resource decisions while considering social and economic impacts.

Provide Your Input

At the public sessions you will have a chance to speak with government representatives, gain an understanding of the Regional Advisory Council’s advice to government on the vision for the region and fill out the workbook. Read more »

Location

Ramada Hotel
11834 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 28, 2010 by AEN

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