Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead
30 Jul 2020

Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead are available for public review and comment until July 30, 2020.

Scientific Criteria Document

Fact Sheet

The draft provisional guidelines revise the 1999 Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for lead for the protection of human health only. The soil quality guidelines for lead for the protection of environmental health have not been revised. Read More

Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Proposed ambient air quality guideline - Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS)
15 Mar 2019

Alberta Environment and Parks has posted their draft Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS).

Comments, questions or suggestions regarding the content of this ambient air quality guideline can be emailed or forwarded to:

Email: [email protected]

Address: Read More

Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Dec 11 2018 - 11:00am
Dec 11 2018 - 12:00pm

 December 11, 2018
1-2 pm ET
This webinar is free.

The 2018 reports that will be discussed include:  

  • Toxic Substances - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Protecting Marine Mammals - "The government did little to protect marine mammals from the risk of commercial fishing and navigation until recently."
  • Sustainable Development Strategies (specifically on strategic environmental assessment) - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Environmental Petitions (with a number of interesting case studies, e.g., Agenda 2030 and nuclear liability insurance) - "Petitioners not satisfied by ministers' answers to questions about the environment and sustainable development."

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Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future.

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal Read More

Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5



AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read More

Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Pembina Institute reacts to approval of Syncrude’s Aurora North Mine tailings plan

EDMONTON — Jodi McNeill, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) latest tailings management plan approval:

“This is the fifth approved tailings management plan that doesn’t comply with the AER’s Directive 085. Syncrude’s plan relies on composite tailings (CT) and water capping to treat its tailings. The AER questions whether CT deposits can support final closure landscapes, and water capping is an unproven technology that is not authorized by the regulator. Read More

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. Read More

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation: Media Conference & Information Session

Feb 2 2017 - 7:00pm

Based on concerns relayed to us by Traditional Knowledge Holders in Northwestern Alberta, Keepers of the Water and partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta have completed Phase 1 of the: 

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation 

Regarding pipeline spills and their clean up in Dene Tha Traditional Territory 

Media Conference and Information Session

  • Lunch at 12 noon
  • Dr. Kevin Timoney’s Report Presentation at 1:00 pm 


Corbett Hall
8205 114 Street NW (University of Alberta North Campus
Edmonton , AB


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