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Pembina Institute Calls for Changes to Bill 46 (Alberta Utilities Commission Act)

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007

Bill Needs Major Amendments to Protect Citizens’ Rights to be Heard

CALGARY - Today the Pembina Institute adds its voice to a growing list of outraged landowner and environmental groups that say that Bill 46 will eliminate or reduce Albertans’ already-limited rights to participate in important decisions about energy development. The Pembina Institute is calling on Premier Ed Stelmach to make major changes to the Bill and to demonstrate that the government respects public input by convening a public hearing before an all-party committee of the Legislature.

Bill 46 is the Alberta Government’s proposed legislation to shift the regulation of electrical transmission lines and other utilities from the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) to a new Alberta Utilities Commission. "The legislation does not stop at the division of responsibilities between the two agencies. It also includes a series of changes that would significantly limit public involvement in energy decision making," says Steve Kennett, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute. Read more »

Posted November 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Action Alert: Edmonton Bill 46 Meeting

Rocked by scandal, the decision-making process for major electricity projects under the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) will be restructured in the November sitting of the Alberta Legislature if Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act is passed into law.But this new law will reduce the requirements for public notice of major power projects; make it harder for the public to participate in public hearings; and award the new commission broad, court-like powers to compel persons to appear before them, to compel incriminating testimony, and to jail people for contempt. Read more »

YEP Speaker Event: NDP Green Energy Plan

Event: An Evening with Brian MasonDate: Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Doors @ 5 pm. Speaker at 5:30 pmDescription: YEP Edmonton is pleased to present this special evening with Brian Mason, Leader of the NDP Opposition in Alberta. Mr. Mason will speak to us about the newly-released NDP Green Energy Plan. This will be an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts on Alberta's energy future. Read more »

Action Alert: Bill 46 Protest

Approximately 20 MLAs will be in attendance at the Premier's Dinner with Ed Stelmach, at the Capri Centre Hotel (3310 50 Avenue) in Red Deer. Protest against Bill 46 starts at 6:00pm in the parking lot. Bring Signs — "Kill Bill 46" For more information go to and

Action Alert: Organizing Opposition to Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act

From: Jeannette Bolli

I'm working with the Alberta Environmental Network, helping to coordinate opposition to Bill 46: Alberta Utilities Commission Act, and to oppose any infringements on citizens' rights, by the proposed revamping of the Alberta Energy Utilities Board.

  • If you’ve started organizing something to oppose the bill, I want to hear from you ASAP. Call Jeannette Bolli at 1-780-468-2204
  • If you’ve read the bill and have an opinion/expertise to offer, register with me as a speaker/organizer, at jbolli28 [at] hotmail [dot] com, re: bill 46
  • If you need help organizing an informational meeting in your area, including funding, e-mail me at jbolli28 [at] hotmail [dot] com re: bill46
  • If you don’t like what the AEUB have been doing so far, or are a land/residence owner or an ordinary Albertan, please go to in October and read about our informational meetings. These meetings will inform you how to change legislation in a once in a decades opportunity.

Posted September 25, 2007 by Anonymous

Stelmach Asked For Public Inquiry Into EUB Spying

(Edmonton/Calgary/Ottawa) The Sierra Club of Canada today called for a public inquiry into the extent of covert operations against citizens by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), and issued a list of unanswered questions that an inquiry should address. On this opening day of EUB hearings in Pincher Creek on Royal Dutch Shell's Mount Backus well application, Sierra Club believes that confidence in the EUB and the Energy Department won’t be restored until a full public inquiry is completed. Read more »

Posted September 19, 2007 by Anonymous

Knight announces independent review of EUB security measures

News Release

July 9, 2007

Edmonton... As directed by Premier Ed Stelmach, Energy Minister Mel Knight has ordered an independent, external review of the security measures taken by the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) at a transmission line hearing in Rimbey. Read more »

Posted July 9, 2007 by russ

Alberta Ombudsman Investigating Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

The following document has been posted to the Government of Alberta website.

News Release

July 6, 2007

Edmonton... The Alberta Ombudsman, G. B. (Gord) Button announced today that he will immediately commence an investigation on his own motion of the administrative actions of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB) in hiring and deploying private investigators to monitor and report on the activities of interested parties attending the Rimbey hearings on the proposed 500 kV power transmission line between Edmonton and Calgary. This investigation will focus on the AEUB’s decision to hire private investigators and the mandate given, the information reported back to the AEUB, how that information was used and its impact on the administrative fairness of the process. He will issue a public report including any findings and recommendations at the conclusion of his investigation. The Alberta Ombudsman advises he is aware of the parallel investigation being conducted by the Information and Privacy Commissioner and is confident the two investigations will compliment each other to clarify what took place and how it impacted the fairness of this process. Read more »

Posted July 9, 2007 by Anonymous

Screening & Discussion - The End of Suburbia

Have you missed the End of Suburbia and are wondering why we've reached "the end of the 3000 mile caesar salad"?Join us for a Calgary screening and discussion of the award-winning 2004 film The End of Suburbia, Tuesday May 8, 7pm at Broken City night club, 613 – 11 Ave SW. Read more »

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