Oil Sands

Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group

Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group
ENGO Members (3)
Application Deadline: 
24 Apr 2017

On March 13, 2015, the Government of Alberta released the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. The Framework provides direction to manage fluid tailings volumes during and after mine operation in order to manage and decrease liability and environmental risk resulting from the accumulation of fluid tailings on the landscape. The Framework can be found online.

Implementation of the Framework is currently underway, and a key priority project in this implementation process is the revision of the Mine Financial Security Program to meet the intent of the Framework. As a result, Alberta Environment and Parks is establishing a Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to invite three representatives from the ENGO community to actively participate in the working group.

Pembina reacts to Bill 18

New Act is intended to ensure independent environmental monitoring

EDMONTON — Andrew Read, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the introduction of Bill 18 today in the Alberta Legislature.

POSTPONED: UNESCO World Heritage Committee NGO Roundtable: Wood Buffalo National Park

Jun 3 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm


…Parks Canada has sent an official request to the World Heritage Centre to postpone the reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park in light of the severe impacts of the Fort McMurray fire and the ongoing state of emergency across the region.  This decision was informed by consultations with a number of different partners involved in the mission, including the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Government of Alberta. As we considered the appropriate timing for this mission, we were concerned that we might pose an additional burden on some of the communities that have accepted evacuees if we were to proceed with the May 26-June 4 dates. 

From: Ashley Campbell, Heritage Designations and Programs, Parks Canada

As you may be aware, the Mikisew Cree First Nation filed a petition to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in December 2014 to request that Wood Buffalo National Park be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The petition identified a number of concerns related to the impacts of current and planned hydroelectric dams, oil sands development, and climate change on the ecology and hydrology of the Peace-Athabasca Delta. 

In response, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee requested the Government of Canada to invite experts from the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to conduct a reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park. Parks Canada is responsible for organizing this mission. Mr. Tilman Jaeger will represent the WHC and Dr. Stephen Davis will represent the IUCN.

The experts will have an opportunity to travel to Fort Smith (May 26 to 29), Fort Chipewyan (May 29 to June 2), Fort McMurray (June 2 to 3) and Edmonton (June 3 to 4) and meet with a wide range of Indigenous Peoples, federal/provincial/territorial officials, industry representatives, NGOs, and other stakeholders.


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Edmonton , AB

Notice of Application: Cold Lake Oil Sands Area, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Cold Lake Oil Sands Area (CNRL)
18 Apr 2016

From the AER website:

Notice of Application
Application No. 1854454
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Cold Lake Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1854454.

This application is being submitted as part of a pilot to allow applicants to apply for multiple activities under a single application.

Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator

Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator
Up to twelve (12) Alberta ENGOs
Application Deadline: 
12 Feb 2016

The AER is single regulator of energy development in Alberta—from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation. This responsibility includes environmental elements related to energy development that were previously held by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD).

Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program

Feb 23 2016 - 3:30pm to 10:30pm


You are invited to an Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Meeting and Update from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, and a Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.


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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.

Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Water Management Working Group, Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands
ENGO Sector Members (4)
Application Deadline: 
16 Dec 2015

The Water Management Working Group (WMWG) is a team of knowledgeable water professionals, representing various disciplines and perspectives, that advises the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator on implementing the water management direction outlined in the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF).

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project — Public Comments Invited

Hardisty Rail Terminal Project
30 Nov 2015

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: [email protected]

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80113).


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