The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

December 2, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently made public the Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record which resulted in widespread national media coverage and commentary. This report is the result of the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, which allows individuals and organizations across North America to raise concerns about the enforcement of environmental laws by Canada, Mexico or the United States.

The factual record is based on a 2017 submission filed by Environmental Defence Canada, the Natural Resources Defense Council (US office), and Canadian resident Daniel T’seleie, which asserted that the Government of Canada was failing to effectively enforce the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act with respect to the alleged leaking of deleterious substances from oil sands tailings ponds in northeastern Alberta.

In this webinar, the CEC will provide an overview of how individuals and organizations can use the SEM process to raise environmental enforcement concerns. Submitters and experts involved in the Alberta Tailings Ponds submissions will address the main findings of the Factual Record and share their experience in raising their concerns through the SEM process.

Paolo Solano of the CEC Secretariat on the submissions process under Chapter 24 of CUSMA-USMCA-T-MEC
Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence on an oil sands perspective
Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation on an indigenous perspective
Martin Olszynski of University of Calgary on policy and regulatory considerations
Jonathan Martin of Stockholm University on technical issues

A facilitated Q&A session will follow.

More information and speaker biographies on the Sustainability Network website.

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