Environmental Assessment

Pembina reacts to federal climate test principles

OTTAWA — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to additional review principles for fossil fuel projects unveiled by Minister McKenna and Minister Carr today:

“We welcome the five principles unveiled today by the federal government to address deficiencies in the existing review process for fossil fuel projects. These principles demonstrate that Ottawa is committed to improving the ways in which fossil fuel infrastructure is evaluated. The requirement to consider direct and upstream carbon pollution in regulatory reviews acknowledges a long-standing deficiency in Canada’s regulatory framework for fossil fuel projects.

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ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

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Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Participant Funding Available for Public Comment on the Upcoming Environmental Assessment

Initiative: 
Grassy Mountain Coal Project
Deadline: 
31 Aug 2015

OTTAWA, July 16, 2015 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the public and Aboriginal groups in participating in the environmental review of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, near Blairmore, Alberta. Read more about Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Participant Funding Available for Public Comment on the Upcoming Environmental Assessment

Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project: Public Comments Invited on Additional Information

Initiative: 
Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project
Deadline: 
1 Aug 2015

July 2, 2015 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency invites the public to comment on athe project update and information request responses submitted by the proponent, Teck Resources Ltd., for the environmental assessment by review panel of the proposed Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project in northern Alberta.

The proponent recently provided a project update as well as responses to the supplemental information requests sent by the Agency to the proponent in February 2015. Read more about Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project: Public Comments Invited on Additional Information

Notice of Application: Mildred Lake Expansion Project, Syncrude Canada Limited

Initiative: 
Mildred Lake Extension Project
Deadline: 
2 Mar 2015

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Oil Sands Conservation Act (OSCA) Application No. 1820856, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Application No. 00000026-034 and Water Act Applications No. 00263298-005 and 00363203-001 from Syncrude Canada Limited (Syncrude) for approval of its Mildred Lake Extension (MLX) project. The AER is reviewing the applications together with the associated environmental impact assessment (EIA) report. Read more about Notice of Application: Mildred Lake Expansion Project, Syncrude Canada Limited

Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring 2015

Feb 17 2015 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

You’re invited to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s (ABMI) 2nd annual Speakers' Series “Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring 2015”!

Join the ABMI and emcee Brian Keating (host of Going Wild!) for an engaging series of presentations and discussion at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences lecture theatre at the University of Alberta. Read more about Better Environmental Management Through Monitoring 2015

Location

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences Lecture Theatre 1-430
11455 Saskatchewan Drive (University of Alberta)
Edmonton , AB

Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium

Feb 24 2015 - 7:00am to Feb 25 2015 - 7:00am

The Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium will be held on February 24-25, 2015 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

This two-day event will feature technical presentations on monitoring activities and results collected during the three year Joint Canada/Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM). Scientists will present findings related to: air, water, biodiversity and wildlife health, monitoring standards and protocols, and innovative monitoring tools and techniques.

The symposium is designed for individuals interested in the scientific basis of oil sands monitoring including: environmental consultants; researchers from academic institutions, non-profit organizations, industry and government agencies; First Nations and Metis organizations; as well, students, instructors and others in the academic community and any group interested in oil sands monitoring results are encouraged to attend. 

There is no cost to attend this event; however, participants must register in advance. Read more about Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium

Location

Shaw Conference Centre
9797 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announces best-in-class project

Calgary, Alberta (Nov 12, 2014)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) today announced a project that will provide the organization with the necessary tools and framework to become a best-in-class energy regulator.

Following a competitive bidding process, the AER selected the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation to undertake the best-in-class project.

The best-in-class project has three main objectives: Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announces best-in-class project

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