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Rainbow I Pipeline Spill: AWA calls for full investigation

The Alberta Wilderness Association has called on the Government of Alberta to undertake a "full and transparent investigation… into the safety, health and environmental damage associated with the Rainbow I Pipeline spill." They further ask the ERCB to "thoroughly examine current pipeline management, monitoring, and enforcement policies" before "all other proposed intra-Alberta pipelin Read more »

Posted May 16, 2011 by AEN

Rainbow Spill— Who Will Address Alberta's Pipeline Risks?

10 May 2011

The recent failure of the 45-year old Plains All American Rainbow pipeline, which discharged 4.5 million litres (28,000 barrels) of crude oil into boreal wetlands and forest in northwestern Alberta, raises significant concerns about pipeline integrity and operator and regulatory response. Read more »

Posted May 10, 2011 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Government of Alberta report on industrial greenhouse gas pollution

3 May 2011

The Pembina Institute's Chris Severson-Baker made the following statement in response to today's release of the Alberta government's report of 2010 compliance with its greenhouse gas regulation for heavy industry:

"Today's release by the Government of Alberta continues a four-year trend of significantly overstating the scale of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions that Alberta's industry regulation has really delivered. Albertans should not be assured that the province is on track to achieving its own pollution reduction target, despite Alberta's $2 billion commitment to carbon capture and storage.

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Posted May 4, 2011 by AEN

ELC Brief on Bill 10, Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act, 2011

The Environmental Law Centre has posted their comments on Bill 10, the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act. Download or view their brief on the ELC website.

While the ELC has consistently supported both the Land-use Framework and ALSA as necessary steps towards a strong integrated, binding land use planning system for Alberta, we have as consistently raised our concerns regarding the limited rights for public participation and appeal within this new system and the broad discretion given to government with little accountability. Bill 10 has not eased our concerns on these points.

Posted April 12, 2011 by AEN

Alberta’s caribou left out in the cold, again

5 Apr 2011

EDMONTON — The highly-anticipated Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), rolled out this morning to much fanfare, is another glaring example of Alberta’s unwillingness to enact swift, meaningful protection of the province’s dwindling caribou population, Ecojustice said today.

Virtually none of the new protected areas designated in the LARP include habitat areas critical to caribou survival and recovery. Read more »

Posted April 6, 2011 by AEN

Environmental Assessment Changes: Will They Affect You? (Webinar)

Apr 19 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Are you confused about how recent changes in Environmental Assessment law will affect your practice? Can we expect federal Environmental Assessments to be conducted differently now?

Join Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta on April 19th to find out what changes have been made in the last year and how they will impact the federal environmental assessment process. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to new Alberta oilsands mine reclamation security policy

17 Mar 2011

Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, responded to the Government of Alberta announcement of a new oilsands mine reclamation security policy.

On the new Mine Financial Security Program:

"Although this reclamation security policy has some improvements in transparency over the previous version, one of the fundamental principles of this policy is flawed — that the assets of the mine, which created these liabilities in the first place, can be used to pay for the cleanup.


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Posted March 17, 2011 by AEN

ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

14 Feb 2011


An important clarification about the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and property rights by University of Calgary law professor Nigel Bankes has confirmed that ALSA does not extinguish property rights. Professor Bankes points out that it is unreasonable to interpret ALSA as providing an alternative means of property expropriation, and that the courts would not uphold such an interpretation. (His February 11 posting is at Read more »

Posted February 14, 2011 by AEN

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