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Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

14 Apr 2015

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more »

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Alberta Energy Regulator Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee

Initiative: 
Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC)
Position: 
Member & Alternate Delegate
Application Deadline: 
8 Apr 2015 - 17:00

Purpose

The AER Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC) has been established by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as a venue to receive information about and understand and verify the values, perspectives and interests of AER stakeholders in the context of regulatory changes. The MSEAC is not a formal board or AER committee. Its objective is to serve as a sounding board for the planning, implementation and evaluation of AER engagement related to regulatory development.  Read more »

Posted March 27, 2015 by AEN

Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

23 Mar 2015

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more »

Posted March 24, 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

Stop Energy Leasing in West Central Endangered Caribou Ranges

From the AWA website:

You made a difference! On March 6, the Alberta government delayed extensive new energy rights sales planned for March 11 in an endangered mountain caribou range northwest of Jasper Park! Please take a minute to thank Premier Prentice and Energy Minister Oberle, and request they take further steps to protect and restore the habitat urgently needed for Alberta’s west central caribou.
—Carolyn Campbell, AWA Conservation Specialist

Read more »

Posted March 18, 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

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

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