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Take action: Oil by rail projects need thorough environmental assessments

Nov 30 2015 (All day)

From the Ecojustice website:

Have you heard of the Hardisty Rail Terminal Project? If not, you should.

The project would send up to 336,000 barrels of crude oil by rail  from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries around North America every day. That’s more oil than flows through Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, or Kinder Morgan’s existing TransMountain pipeline. That’s more than half the planned capacity of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. As I said, it’s a lot of oil!

What’s more, this would continue for at least the next 25 years. This when scientific research tells us we need to start leaving that oil in the ground.

We know that locking in more carbon-intensive infrastructure will not help us reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change. And we know that putting more oil trains on the tracks means a greater chance of explosive derailments, risking public safety and the environment.

That’s why Ecojustice lawyers will be telling the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, on behalf of Greenpeace Canada and Safe Rail Communities, that we need an environmental assessment of the Hardisty Rail Terminal Project.

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Posted November 24, 2015 by AEN

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
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

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

21st Century Energy—Transitioning to Clean Energy, Alberta's Opportunity

Sep 8 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers and Dialogue from 7-8:30 pm. 

What might the United States teach Albertans about the ramping up to healthier and climate protective energy? How quickly can coal be phased out and how can Albertans help the energy transition?  Read more »


CN Theatre (5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 4, 2015 by AEN

Government of Alberta launches climate change leadership consultations

Climate Leadership Discussions
18 Sep 2015 (All day)

Updated: Open house times and locations added

On August 14, 2015, the Alberta government introduced their Climate Change Advisory Panel. Watch the announcement:

The panel is tasked with:

"…engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta."

The Government also released the Climate Leadership Discussion Document, and launched the Climate Leadership Discussion survey to gather input from Albertans. The survey will be open until September 18. The Panel will also be hosting public forums in Calgary and Edmonton:

Calgary Tues, Sept 1
5:30-8:30 pm
Courtyard Marriot Calgary Airport
Stampede Ballroom
2500 48 Avenue NE
Edmonton Wed, Sept 2
5:30-8:30 pm
Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Ballroom
11727 Kingsway Avenue

Posted August 24, 2015 by AEN

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action
14 Aug 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

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Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

End in Sight for Energy Leasing in Alberta Caribou Ranges?

4 Aug 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has found that no new energy rights within Alberta caribou ranges are scheduled for future sales. Two in-range licences covering 24 km2, which had been posted for the August 19 rights auction, have since been withdrawn by Alberta Energy. AWA recognizes the importance of these lease sale withdrawals and urges the Alberta government to defer all new energy leasing within caribou ranges, until strong habitat-recovery range plans are in place to ensure survival of Alberta’s endangered caribou. Read more »

Posted August 5, 2015 by AEN

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

1 May 2015

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more »

Posted May 1, 2015 by AEN

Brisk Alberta Energy Lease Sales in Endangered Caribou Habitat Continue During Election

Who Will Sustainably Manage Alberta’s Forests and Wildlife?

28 Apr 2015

On April 29, in the midst of an election, the Alberta government plans another major auction of new oil and gas leases on 35,600 hectares (356 km2) of endangered mountain and boreal woodland caribou habitat, without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels. Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km2 of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases. Read more »

Posted April 29, 2015 by AEN

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

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