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AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

Initiative: 
DRAFT Directive : Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
Deadline: 
17 Nov 2015 (All day)

Calgary, Alberta (Sep 17, 2015)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.

As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.

“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

Public Comment Period: Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area

Initiative: 
Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area
Deadline: 
5 Oct 2015 (All day)

From the Alberta Parks website:

The Castle area is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Alberta with over 200 rare or at-risk species, including wolverine and grizzly bear. The area has a history of multiple uses including commercial forestry, grazing, oil and gas development as well as tourism development and recreational uses.

The Government of Alberta is committed to enhancing protection of the Castle Special Management Area. To achieve this, government will amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Parks’ legislation. The Government of Alberta is therefore proceeding with a public comment period on the following plan:

  1. Expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park;
  2. Creation of a Provincial Park

The enhanced protection of the Castle area will allow us to focus on stewardship, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and promoting the area as an outdoor destination for all Albertans.

Read more »

Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Initiative: 
Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Position: 
ENGO Members (2 or 3) and Alternates (2)
Application Deadline: 
11 Sep 2015 (All day)

Purpose:
Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

14 May 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more »

Posted May 15, 2015 by AEN

Webinar: RAIN Community Solutions—engagement tools for stormwater

Jun 10 2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Are you looking for training, tools, funding and support to help your organization take a role in promoting ecological solutions to stormwater issues in your community?

RAIN Community Solutions works with community-based environmental organizations, to develop customized plans to address local stormwater issues and priorities.

Join us on June 10 from 12-1pm EDT for a free webinar that introduces our program and services which include: Read more »

Posted May 12, 2015 by AEN

Little Smoky Fracking Water Application Reveals Alberta’s Missing Cumulative Effects Management in Duvernay Region

21 Mar 2015

Alberta’s lack of cumulative effects management is revealed in Shell’s recent application to use up to 5 million m3 per year of lake water for oil and gas fracking operations in west central Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 23, 2015 by AEN

Watershed Stewardship Grants

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2015 - 4:30pm

From the Land Stewardship Centre website:

WSG applications are NOW being accepted. Get your application form here >>

New for 2015

In addition to the regular WSG funding, for 2015, Land Stewardship Centre, in partnership with the Education and Outreach division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, is offering a new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis. Get the wetland grant application form here >>

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Posted March 17, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry
13 Mar 2015

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more »

Posted March 16, 2015 by AEN

Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk
13 Mar 2015

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more »

Posted March 13, 2015 by AEN

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