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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

Pembina reacts to release of Alberta’s Tailings Management Framework

13 Mar 2015

CALGARY — Erin Flanagan, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Alberta’s new Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Oilsands: Read more »

Posted March 13, 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

Call for Delegates: Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative Stakeholder Workshop

Initiative: 
Penn Program on Regulation’s “Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative”
Position: 
Stakeholder Workshop Delegates (5)
Application Deadline: 
19 Mar 2015 (All day)

University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) was selected by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) of Canada to lead a major, independent initiative defining and measuring regulatory excellence. Read more »

Posted March 9, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: ENGO Sector Members, Coal-fired Generation Climate Change Policy Review

Initiative: 
Coal-fired Generation Climate Change Policy Review
Position: 
ENGO Sector Member and Alternate
Application Deadline: 
11 Mar 2015 (All day)

Alberta Energy and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) are looking for one representative and an alternate to participate as member(s) in its coal climate policy review process. Read more »

Posted March 9, 2015 by AEN

Postponed Major New Energy Lease Sales A Good Step for Endangered Alberta Mountain Caribou

6 Mar 2015

Today the Alberta government postponed a major auction of new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) within the endangered Redrock Prairie Creek mountain woodland caribou range. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this decision. AWA calls on the Alberta government to defer further energy lease sales in endangered caribou ranges until effective rules are in place to protect and recover their habitat. Read more »

Posted March 6, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Steps Up Fracking-Caused Earthquake Oversight

20 Feb 2015

On February 19, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) ordered oil and gas operators in west central Alberta to stop operations if their fracking or wastewater disposal activities cause earthquakes of magnitude 4 or greater, as was recorded twice in January 2015. AER also increased requirements for companies’ earthquake monitoring and response plans. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this move to better manage some of the risks that intensive fracking activity poses to Alberta’s foothills. Read more »

Posted February 23, 2015 by AEN

Notice of Application: Shell Canada Ltd. Fox Creek Area Multiwell Pads & Associated Infrastructure

Initiative: 
Shell Canada Ltd. 4 multiwell pads and associated infrastructure
Deadline: 
8 Mar 2015 - 16:00

Application No. 1822111
Shell Canada Limited
Fox Creek Area
Read more »

Posted February 20, 2015 by AEN

Notice of Application: Shell Canada Ltd. Fox Creek Area Water License & Associated Infrastructure

Initiative: 
Shell Canada Ltd. water license and associated infrastructure
Deadline: 
8 Mar 2015 - 16:00

Application No. 1822109
Shell Canada Limited
Fox Creek Area
Read more »

Posted February 20, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Peace River Dam Project Cancelled By TransAlta

20 Jan 2015

On January 16, TransAlta Corporation withdrew its application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for a 9 year extension of the approved construction date of its Dunvegan Hydroelectric Project, citing substantial information requests from stakeholders, a potentially long and costly hearing process, and unfavourable project economics. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes the withdrawal of the 100 MW hydro power project as positive news for local residents and the Peace’s aquatic and river valley ecosystem. Read more »

Posted January 20, 2015 by AEN

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