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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."

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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 »


Ramada Hotel
11834 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 28, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: NDP report highlights growing evidence of oilsands impacts on Canada’s freshwater

24 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to today's release of the NDP minority report on the findings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development's study of the impact of oilsands development on Canada's freshwater. Read more »

Posted September 24, 2010 by AEN

Lunch-n-learn Webinars: Grantseeking for Water Groups

Oct 14 2010 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Building on the basics from our Fundraising 101 lunch n' learn, this session will examine some of the funding available for water groups and projects.  We will bring in water funders who will share their thoughts on what makes a proposal strong and fundable.  Q&A with the funders will follow.

Cost: free with pre-registration - but you will need a speaker/headset and high-speed internet to participate. Read more »

Posted September 23, 2010 by russ

Water Matters and the Pembina Institute React: Noncompliance with tailings directive 074 continues

20 Sep 2010

CALGARY, AB — Joe Obad, associate director of Water Matters, and Terra Simieritsch, policy analyst for the oil sands program for the Pembina Institute, responded to today's announcement that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved another tailings (the toxic liquid waste created by oil sands production) management plan, this time for Shell Canada’s Muskeg River Mine project: Read more »

Posted September 20, 2010 by AEN

ELC Submission regarding Nexen Inc. Water Act Notice of Application

The Environmental Law Centre has posted its statement of concern to Alberta Environment regarding the applications of Nexen under the Water Act to build a water pipeline to the Long Lake Project from the Clearwater River.  

The project proposed by Nexen at this time significantly differs from the original project. Accordingly, this is an important opportunity for the Minister to re-consider, using the powers under the Water Act whether the project is still in the public interest.  Moreover, this is an important opportunity for the Director to consider whether there is sufficient information on environmental effects, and whether the potential environmental impact merits rejection of the application in light of the difference between this proposal and the original application made to the ERCB.

Posted August 31, 2010 by AEN

Environmental groups challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals

ERCB acted contrary to the law in approving tailings plans, groups say

24 Aug 2010

CALGARY – The Energy Resources Conservation Board’s approval of Syncrude’s tailings management plan is unlawful and must be revoked immediately, Ecojustice said today.

Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, has filed an application (see attached) with the ERCB requesting approval be withdrawn until management plans are brought in line with ERCB’s tailings management directive. Read more »

Posted August 24, 2010 by AEN

Water & Oil Sands Waterlution Workshop

Oct 25 2010 (All day) - Oct 27 2010 (All day)
  • Are you interested in learning of the challenges and opportunities to water management?
  • Do you want to learn how community engagement works in Fort McMurray?
  • Are you interested in learning how Alberta's water supply is managed in the oil sands region?

Purpose of the Program

The Water and Oil Sands Waterlution workshop is a two and a half day residential workshop that engages Canadian youth in dialogue surrounding current water issues in the province of Alberta.  This workshop, is in it's fifth year and focuses specifically on the oil sands region, where vast quantities of
water are used for Alberta's booming energy sector. Participants will look closely at corporate operations, the provincial government's policies, the engagement of First Nations and community leaders, and how these groups work together in managing water within this intensive environment.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop future leaders in water resource management and related fields. Participants will be flown from Calgary to Fort McMurray on a group flight departing the afternoon of October 25th and returning late on October 27th.

Please see the attached invite for more information Read more »


Fort McMurray, AB

Posted August 20, 2010 by AEN

Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

30 Jul 2010

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2010 by russ

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