Conventional Oil & Gas

Oil Spills 101: Crude Truths, Corporate Spin& Community Organizing for Environmental Justice

Oct 29 2013 - 12:00am to 3:00am

From pipeline blow outs and tanker spills to train derailments, when it comes to oil spills, how can we protect our communities, and the lands and waters that we love? How can we push through the corporate spin and public relations campaigns to advocate effectively for our communities and the planet in the aftermath of these environmental disasters?

This workshop will cover the basics of oil spill impacts and demystify industry and government cleanup. It will explore some of the ways that we, the grassroots, can skill up and step up when it comes to community oil spill response and ecological detox and recovery. Read more about Oil Spills 101: Crude Truths, Corporate Spin& Community Organizing for Environmental Justice

Location

Room 262
Education Centre South, University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB

Notice of a Proceeding to Examine Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil Operations in the Peace River Area

Initiative: 
Proceeding to Examine Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil Operations in the Peace River Area
Deadline: 
7 Oct 2013

Notice of Proceeding

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has initiated a proceeding, pursuant to the Responsible Energy Development Act, to investigate and make recommendations about odours and emissions associated with heavy oil operations in the Peace River area.  Read more about Notice of a Proceeding to Examine Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil Operations in the Peace River Area

Call for Delegates: Common Risk Management Framework for the upstream oil and gas, oil sands and coal sector

Initiative: 
Energy Sector Common Risk Management Framework Design Workshop
Position: 
ENGO Delegates (5) & Alternate (1)
Application Deadline: 
27 Sep 2013

The Workshop

  • From October 23 to 25, 2013, the Policy Management Office will host a design thinking Workshop in Edmonton in the Terrace Building located at 9515 107 Street, T5K 2C3.
  • We will use “design thinking” which is a tool created to tackle very complex and messy situations. Very complex situations: Are unique, have no definitive formulation, contain multiple value conflicts, can be considered as symptoms of another problem; and can be improved but never definitively solved.

Purpose and Tasks: Read more about Call for Delegates: Common Risk Management Framework for the upstream oil and gas, oil sands and coal sector

Pembina reacts to Auditor General’s plan to review pipeline safety

CALGARY — Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, made the following comments in response to Auditor General Merwan Saher's commitment to undertake an audit of pipeline safety:

"It's very positive to see the Auditor General committing to audit Alberta's pipeline monitoring systems and ensure they comply with regulations, and we applaud Mr. Saher for showing leadership on this important issue.

 

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South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

Sensitive Milk River Ridge Grasslands Open to Oil Exploration

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that sensitive rough fescue and mixed grasslands on the Milk River Ridge are being opened up to exploration activity in the Alberta Bakken oil play. At the same time, efforts to secure legal designation for these lands are being delayed until the Government of Alberta releases its South Saskatchewan Region Plan (SSRP). Read more about South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

Alberta Again Violates Caribou Policies With Today's Energy Leasing

“Alberta Energy promotes caribou habitat disturbance by selling leases that drive new well sites, ignoring technology options to reduce existing footprint,” says Carolyn Campbell, AWA conservation specialist.  “In the Little Smoky range with over 95% disturbance, the government wages war on wolves and moose while encouraging more industry footprint that drives caribou population declines.” Read more about Alberta Again Violates Caribou Policies With Today's Energy Leasing

Stop Alberta Energy Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range

In violation of Alberta’s 2011 woodland caribou policy that places an immediate priority on maintaining caribou habitat, Alberta Energy plans auctions of new oil and gas leases within the Little Smoky caribou range on February 7, March 7 and April 25, 2013. This herd’s habitat is already 95% disturbed, according to Environment Canada. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has issued an open letter to Alberta’s Energy Minister urging him to defer these lease sales as a step towards responsible habitat management for this herd at imminent risk of local extinction. Read more about Stop Alberta Energy Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range

Prairie Grasslands and Species at Risk Protected

Government Sets High Bar for Suffield National Wildlife Area

The seven-group Suffield Coalition today applauded the government’s decision to deny approval of Cenovus' (previously EnCana) proposal to drill 1,275 natural gas wells and construct associated infrastructure in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA). Suffield NWA was established in 2003 to protect endangered native prairie and the many species of animals and plants at risk in the area, including at least 15 federally listed species threatened with extinction. Read more about Prairie Grasslands and Species at Risk Protected

Sixteen Years after Being “Protected,” Rumsey Natural Area Sees a Halt to New Oil and Gas Access

Sixteen years after it was officially “protected,” Rumsey Natural Area may finally be able to look forward to a future free of industrial development. Alberta Energy has made changes so that all new petroleum and natural gas agreements within the Rumsey Natural Area will now come with the condition: “Surface Access is Not Permitted.” Read more about Sixteen Years after Being “Protected,” Rumsey Natural Area Sees a Halt to New Oil and Gas Access

Oil and Democracy Speaker Series

It certainly is an interesting time for democracy in Alberta…

Community Service-Learning's (CSL) Spring Immersion Course 'Oil and Democracy' and the Parkland Institute are pleased to announce the 'Oil and Democracy Speaker Series'. Every Thursday for five weeks, speakers from a variety of different perspectives will share their experience within the oil and democracy relationship. This event is open to all members of the public and we welcome all to a healthy discussion on benefits and challenges of Alberta's natural resource wealth.

Date Every Thursday from May 10th - June 7th, 2012
Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room University of Alberta NRE 1 001
For directions, see http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca
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