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Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

Edmonton - The Royal Society of Canada report on the tar sands validates the concerns of Sierra Club Canada in calling for improved environmental assessment, enforcement of regulations, studies of impacts on ground and surface water  and monitoring of health impacts.

"Repeated throughout the report is a call for more study of the impacts and greater access to information," said John Bennett. Read more about Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

NEB should reject unsustainable Mackenzie gas project

Government refusal to implement panel recommendations undermines sustainability

EDMONTON— The National Energy Board should reject the Mackenzie Gas Project given the refusal of governments to implement independent panel recommendations for sustainability, Sierra Club Prairie said.

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CAPP withdraws yogurt ad in response to Sierra Club Canada complaint

Ottawa – Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) Council has ruled the contents of the tar sands tailings ponds are “essentially like yogurt” in response to a complaint laid last month by Sierra Club Canada. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) quietly withdrew the ad shortly after the complaint was filed. Sierra Club Canada was barred from public statements until the ruling was issued late Monday, November 29, 2010. Read more about CAPP withdraws yogurt ad in response to Sierra Club Canada complaint

Albertans & Minister applauded for pulling parks back from brink of disaster

Edmonton & Calgary:  Sierra Club Canada is thanking Albertans for coming to the rescue of their parks and the Minister for, in the nick of time, hearing citizen’s opposition and withdrawing her proposed new parks legislation.  In a scrum at the Alberta Legislature today, the Minister announced she is withdrawing the controversial Bill 29 and undertaking public consultation on the proposed new legislation for Alberta’s parks network.  That network protects 4% of Alberta. Read more about Albertans & Minister applauded for pulling parks back from brink of disaster

Health issues spur Northern Albertan residents to learn to sample own air

EDMONTON — Growing criticism of the Stelmach government’s and the oil industry’s air quality monitoring in communities near tar sands operations has spurred residents from the Peace and Athabasca regions to take matters into their own hands, attending independent training workshops to arm themselves with answers to the ongoing health issues plaguing their communities. Read more about Health issues spur Northern Albertan residents to learn to sample own air

Media Comment: Sierra Club on the approval of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

Sheila Muxlow, Director of the Sierra Club Prairie has the following comments regarding the Federal and NWT governments approval of the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline with the rejection of recommendations to ensure cumulative effects monitoring throughout the project development and to ensure end use of natural gas does serve as an energy source which contributes to more fossil fuel development - like projects in the Alberta tar sands. Read more about Media Comment: Sierra Club on the approval of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

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