Environmental Assessment

Climate change considerations in the new federal impact assessment regime

Jun 27 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Canada’s new federal impact assessment legislation came into force in August 2019. It includes explicit requirements to take into account climate change considerations during assessment and decision-making phases. What does this mean? Details are still emerging, primarily in the form of draft guidance set to be finalized in the very near future. This Saturday Morning at the Law School session presents the new legislative context and comments on the details of climate change considerations available to date, including implications for review and approval of major resource projects. The presentation will also relate this material to the broader context of implementing Canada’s international climate change commitments and related domestic law and policy measures.

This event is sponsored by the Alberta Law Foundation.

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Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Alberta Energy Regulator suspends requirements for environmental monitoring for all energy projects, citing COVID-19 concerns, despite the Government of Alberta rolling out its plans to reopen the rest of the province

Edmonton – Alberta’s Energy Regulator released two unilateral decisions on May 20, 2020, to suspend a series of environmental monitoring activities for all oil & gas operators and in situ operators. These suspensions include monitoring tailings for migratory bird landings, programs to detect and repair methane leaks, testing of surface waters and groundwater, soil monitoring, reclamation monitoring programs, wetland monitoring, and the requirement for lab testing of waters released to the environment. Read more about Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Pembina Institute reiterates timeline and process on path to federal equivalency

CALGARY — The Government of Alberta has released updated methane regulations as it seeks to achieve federal equivalency. Jan Gorski, senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment: Read more about Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

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

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