Conventional Oil & Gas

The polluter pays principle in Alberta: Where to from here?

Jun 24 2020 - 12:00pm

You can’t get blood from a stone, or so the saying goes. So where goes the polluter pays principle in Alberta, both today and into the future?

The polluter pays principle can be implemented through a host of regulatory mechanisms with varying efficiency and effect. Join the ELC’s Jason Unger for a lunch time webinar that will provide a review of Alberta’s approach to the polluter pays principle and how it is applied. This webinar will provide a review and highlight two recent ELC reports: Read more about The polluter pays principle in Alberta: Where to from here?

New report on the intersection of the Polluter Pays Principle and insolvency laws

At the Environmental Law Centre blog, Jason Unger writes about the "polluter pays principle" and its intersection with the economic challenges Alberta faces resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and low energy prices.

…it remains unclear how our society will uphold and promote the polluter pays principle, not only today and tomorrow but well into the future.

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Defending nature: Standing up for wildlife and natural spaces from coast to coast to coast

May 28 2020 - 2:00pm

This webinar is part of Ecojustice’s #BetterThanNormal conversation series

Join Margot Venton to get the scoop on how, even though there’s a pandemic going on, Ecojustice’s nature team is busier than ever with efforts to challenge risky oil and gas exploration that puts the environment at risk, urging government to give critically-endangered Southern Resident killer whales a fighting chance at survival, and pushing for strong laws that defend nature and biodiversity. Read more about Defending nature: Standing up for wildlife and natural spaces from coast to coast to coast

Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Alberta Energy Regulator suspends requirements for environmental monitoring for all energy projects, citing COVID-19 concerns, despite the Government of Alberta rolling out its plans to reopen the rest of the province

Edmonton – Alberta’s Energy Regulator released two unilateral decisions on May 20, 2020, to suspend a series of environmental monitoring activities for all oil & gas operators and in situ operators. These suspensions include monitoring tailings for migratory bird landings, programs to detect and repair methane leaks, testing of surface waters and groundwater, soil monitoring, reclamation monitoring programs, wetland monitoring, and the requirement for lab testing of waters released to the environment. Read more about Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Pembina Institute reiterates timeline and process on path to federal equivalency

CALGARY — The Government of Alberta has released updated methane regulations as it seeks to achieve federal equivalency. Jan Gorski, senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment: Read more about Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Federal government would put Canada’s climate ambition at risk if Alberta’s weak methane regulations are approved

Alberta needs to improve its oil and gas methane regulations significantly before they go to the federal government for approval. The current regulations will fail to meet Canada’s methane reduction targets of 40 to 45 per cent by 2025.  Read more about Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

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