Oil Sands

Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Syncrude is given a pass to delay liquid tailings clean up

One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company. Read more about Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Wetlands Consensus Policy Gutted After Backroom Industry Pressure

EDMONTON - The Sierra Club Prairie has obtained a leaked copy of the most recent Alberta Wetlands Policy that shows the extent of industry influence over environmental decisions for the province. The confidential document reveals an undermining of the work of the Alberta Water council, a multi stakeholder group that has been developing the tenets of the wetlands policy. The policy, already a compromised position to get the buy-in of 25 multi-sectoral groups, was radically changed after backdoor industry pressure. Language changes in Read more about Wetlands Consensus Policy Gutted After Backroom Industry Pressure

Citizen's Guide to Climate Change in Alberta

Global climate change may alter our way of life in Alberta and around the world forever. In light of this, Alberta Acts has come up with a concise Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta. The guide summarizes the potential impacts of climate change, highlights current Canadian and Albertan climate change policies, and identifies some potential paths forward. Read more…

In Alberta Acts’ Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta, we cover the following topics: Read more about Citizen's Guide to Climate Change in Alberta

Alberta FOIP finds more than ducks killed on tar sands operations

Edmonton — An information request has forced the Alberta government to reveal that in addition to the infamous dead ducks, 164 animals, including 27 bears, were killed between 2000 and 2008 on operations in the Alberta tar sands.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) request was filed by independent scientist Kevin Timoney and sought material from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD). The disclosed SRD information covers only three oil companies and shows reported deaths of 27 black bears, 67 deer, 31 red fox, 21 coyote, as well as moose, muskrats, beavers, voles, martens, wolves, and bats. Read more about Alberta FOIP finds more than ducks killed on tar sands operations

Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to measures in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Budget Implementation Bill (Part 20, Environmental Assessment, Bill C-9) that empower the federal government to avoid full environmental assessment of oil sands development:

“Over the past several years the Government of Canada has been trying to dodge its responsibilities for environmental assessment of proposed oil sands developments. This has led to a number of successful court challenges in which it was deemed that the government was not fulfilling its obligation to assess projects and protect the environmental interests of Canadians. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

"Downstream" and "Our Land, My People" Film Screening for World Water Week

Mar 24 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=368944096105 

Downstream synopsis

At the heart of the multi-billion dollar Oil Sands industry in Alberta, a doctor’s career is jeopardized as he fights for the lives of the aboriginal people living and dying of rare cancers downstream from one of the most polluting operations in the world. Read more about "Downstream" and "Our Land, My People" Film Screening for World Water Week

Location

Central Academic Building (CAB) 235
University of Alberta (North of 87 Avenue, between 114 Street and 112 Street)
Edmonton , AB

First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

Some in-situ environmental impacts as serious as mining

Today, the Pembina Institute released Drilling Deeper: The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card. It is the first comparative environmental assessment of in-situ oilsands projects. Scores among the nine Canadian operating projects surveyed ranged from 25 to 60 per cent, with five of nine projects scoring less than 50 per cent. The average score of 44 per cent demonstrates substantial room for improvement across the sector. Read more about First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Albertans left out of the process, lose royalty revenue

Chris Severson-Baker, Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the competitiveness review released today:

"Albertans, the owners of the province's oil and gas resources, were completely left out of the process of reviewing Alberta's royalty rates.

"The review happened behind closed doors primarily with industry at the exclusion of representation from Alberta citizens.

"Albertans are the owners of the resource, the provincial government is the manager of the resource and the oil and gas companies are hired to undertake developments. The goal is to maximize value to Albertans, yet they have been excluded from negotiations. We can't be sure that today's changes will allow Albertans to get the best value from the development of their resource because they weren't consulted as part of this review. Read more about Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Athabasca River at Risk

Despite good progress by a multi-stakeholder group in understanding issues around Athabasca River water withdrawals, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned there will still not be protective water rules for low winter flows. AWA believes oilsands mine river withdrawals must cease during low winter flows. Read more about Athabasca River at Risk

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