Environmental Assessment

Ecojustice to face-off against Kenney gov’t in court again

Environmental group intervening in legal proceedings to defend federal Impact Assessment Act

CALGARY – Ecojustice is intervening in another constitutional reference case brought by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, this time aimed at undermining the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations.

Premier Kenney’s legal challenge is the most recent of a string of politically-motivated attacks on the environment and laws developed to defend the air, water, and land on which Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast depend. Read more about Ecojustice to face-off against Kenney gov’t in court again

Teck Frontier decision highlights need for co-ordinated climate policy

Pembina Institute reacts to Teck Resources Limited decision to withdraw oilsands project

EDMONTON — SIMON DYER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Teck Resources Limited’s decision to withdraw the Frontier project application: Read more about Teck Frontier decision highlights need for co-ordinated climate policy

Teck announces withdrawal of Frontier oil sands mine project proposal

CPAWS welcomes announcement of project withdrawal of environmentally devastating Frontier oil sands mine

Edmonton — CPAWS welcomes the announcement by Teck Resources Limited CEO, Don Lindsay, that the company has withdrawn their application for the Frontier oil sands mine.  In Teck’s letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Don Lindsay cites the need to address policy frameworks for tackling climate change and expresses urgent need to reduce global carbon emissions through carbon pricing and legislated caps for oil sands emissions. Read more about Teck announces withdrawal of Frontier oil sands mine project proposal

Call for Delegates: Technical Advisory Committees, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Technical Advisory Committees
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
11 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegates: Technical Advisory Committees, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

From Ecojustice:

Thermal coal is a 19th century fuel that has no place in 2019.

So why is a massive Canadian coal mine expansion on the table?

Thermal coal is the dirtiest form of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. It’s toxic for human health and disastrous for the climate.

Despite this, mining company Coalspur wants to expand its Vista thermal coal mine, located in Alberta, to double or even triple its current planned capacity to extract thermal coal. If this happens, up to 15 million tonnes of coal could be extracted every year for export to coal plants overseas.

To put this into context, the greenhouse gas emissions, from burning that amount of coal, would be equal to the total annual emissions from more than 7 million cars.

With the help of supporters like you, Ecojustice has confronted dirty coal projects in the past. Now, on behalf of the Keepers of the Water and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society, we’re calling on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to show climate leadership by ordering an environmental assessment of the Vista mine expansion. Read more about Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Pembina Institute and Ecojustice react to Joint Review Panel recommendation to approve new oilsands mine

CALGARY – Environmental law group Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are concerned about the potential climate impacts of the Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands open pit mine, following the release of a Joint Review Panel report today that recommends its approval.

Despite finding that the mine would have significant adverse impacts on the environment – including the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands – the Panel concluded that those impacts are justified and that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, despite previous legal precedent, the Panel failed to recognize the adverse climate impacts or explain why the emissions impacts of this project are not significant. Read more about Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

Ottawa – When House of Commons passed the Senate’s proposed amendments to Bill C-69, the federal government took an important step toward making good on its once-in-a-generation commitment to repair Canada’s broken environmental laws, says Ecojustice. Bill C-69 introduces the new Impact Assessment Act (IAA)which provides greater transparency in the environmental assessment process and more clearly-defined criteria for whether a project is in the public interest. Read more about Statement: Bill C-69 passes in the House

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