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Action Alert: AER Regulatory Excellence—Take the Survey Now

From Duncan Kenyon, Program Director, Unconventional Oil and Gas:

The AER is wrapping up its work on its Best in Class project (now Regulatory Excellence), and they are conducting a survey to gather feedback from external stakeholders.

As you know the AER now has considerable responsibility wrt to environmental issues and impacts with oil and gas development, and it would be fair to say that they have struggled to implement this new responsibility in the organization. 

As the outcomes from Regulatory Excellence project will be the guiding Strategic document for the AER over the next few years, it is critical that the Alberta environmental community provide feedback including strong suggestions on how the AER can implement and deliver on its environmental mandate.

If you haven’t already responded to the survey and you can find some time in the next week, it would be great if we could provide a strong ENGO perspective.

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Posted November 13, 2015 by russ

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Initiative: 
Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Deadline: 
30 Nov 2015 (All day)

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Hardisty Rail Terminal Project, located southeast of Hardisty, Alberta.

To assist in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 30, 2015 to:

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Email: CEAA [dot] Hardisty [dot] ACEE [at] ceaa-acee [dot] gc [dot] ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80113). Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

For health’s sake, it’s time to phase-out coal-fired electricity generation

Health, clean energy and environment groups come together to call for an end to Alberta’s dirty coal problem

9 Nov 2015

CALGARY — World leaders will converge on Paris next month for climate change talks. Alberta is developing a strategy to demonstrate its intention to contribute to the global imperative of tackling climate change. Phasing out coal for producing electricity promises to be a hallmark of this strategy.

The time has come to bring greater attention to the public health benefits that would be realized by accelerating the phase out of coal-fired electricity. Read more »

Posted November 9, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Keystone XL rejection

6 Nov 2015

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, Alberta director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today's decision by President Obama reiterates that climate change is a key consideration for all energy infrastructure projects going forward. In his statement, the president noted that his decision is motivated in part by a desire to 'lead by example' on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group

Initiative: 
Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands Stakeholder Interest Group
Position: 
ENGO Member and Alternate
Application Deadline: 
2 Nov 2015 (All day)

In 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), with the intent of this plan being to guide future resource management decisions, while considering social and economic impacts of development in northeastern Alberta. Under the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF) was developed and released on March 13, 2015 to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Energy Regulator seeks input from Albertans on regulatory excellence in Alberta

Initiative: 
Regulatory Excellence Initiative

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is asking Albertans to weigh in on how a world-class report on regulatory excellence can be applied here in Alberta. The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) has completed its final report Listening, Learning, and Leading: A Framework for Regulatory Excellence. This framework is the capstone piece of PPR’s work on the initiative.

“This has been our goal all along: to show leadership and invest in a model that could be shared with regulators throughout the world and that can be adapted to meet the needs and expectations of Albertans,” said Jim Ellis, president and CEO. Read more »

Posted October 23, 2015 by AEN

Request for Feedback: Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area

Initiative: 
Draft Directive on Reservoir Containment Requirements in the Shallow Thermal Area of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area
Deadline: 
31 Dec 2015 (All day)

From the AER website:

In Bulletin 2014-03: Regulatory Approach for Shallow Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Applications in the Wabiskaw-McMurray Deposit of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, we announced that we were conducting a technical review of the factors that affect reservoir containment of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects in a shallow thermal area. We also announced that we would consult with stakeholders to develop formal regulatory requirements. A draft directive has been developed and we are now seeking your feedback.

To provide feedback, complete the feedback form available on the draft directive’s webpage. Feedback or questions on the draft directive should be sent by e-mail to reservoir [dot] containment [at] aer [dot] ca. Feedback will be accepted until December 31, 2015. All feedback received will be reviewed and may be used in finalizing the directive. All of the comments provided through this consultation will form part of the public record, and any comment received may also be attributed to the specific individuals providing it. Personal information provided with comments will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We may use the personal contact information you provide for follow-up communication related to your feedback.

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Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

NEW DATES 1st Annual Environmental Gathering: Changing the Climate

Feb 25 2016 - 6:00pm - Feb 27 2016 - 4:00pm

Register Now with Early Bird Rates!

Alberta Ecotrust is proud to announce our first annual Environmental Gathering in Alberta: Change the Climate. Alberta’s environmental community is incredibly diverse. From ensuring safe and available water, to preserving and restoring valuable land and habitat, to building a sustainable future, Albertans across the province are continually working to protect the ecosystems that provide all of us with life and prosperity. Read more »

Location

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6

Posted October 14, 2015 by AEN

Edmonton's Community Energy Forum

Nov 14 2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Inspiring sustainable action in your city

Please join the City of Edmonton and community partners for a one-day forum to discuss issues of energy transition, climate change and building a sustainable future. The intent of this one-day event is for citizens to:

Location

Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 30, 2015 by AEN

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

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