Environmental Assessment

Event

Workshop: Reforming Federal Environmental Assessment— Issues and Opportunities

Nov 20 2016

The workshop will review the evolution and devolution of federal EA law and policy, and discuss law reform themes and opportunities. The objectives of the Workshop are to inform, learn from each other, and prepare participants who will engage in the federal review process. Read more about Workshop: Reforming Federal Environmental Assessment— Issues and Opportunities

Location

Hotel Arts
119 12 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB
Event

Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Workshop

Nov 10 2016

with Arlene Kwasniak, Professor Emerita, Law, University of Calgary

An AWA Workshop to review the evolution and devolution of federal EA law and policy, and discuss law reform themes and opportunities. The objectives of the Workshop are to inform, learn from each other, and prepare participants who will engage in the federal review process. As a campaign promise, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to review Canada’s environmental assessment process. To that end the federal government has appointed an Expert Panel to travel through Canada and garner public and stakeholder views on the current federal EA , as well as what changes could occur. The Expert Panel will be in Calgary November 21-23 and is open to public participation. Read more about Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Workshop

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

Expert Panel – Review of Environmental Assessment Processes

Sep 26 2016 to Sep 28 2016

UPDATE: Location has changed to the Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites (10222 102 Street)

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The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has announced the establishment of an Expert Panel to conduct a Review of Environmental Assessment Processes. The Panel intends to engage broadly with Indigenous peoples, key stakeholders and all Canadians. Read more about Expert Panel – Review of Environmental Assessment Processes

Location

Mackenzie Room, Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites
10222 102 Street NW
Edmonton , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Pembina reacts to Bill 18

New Act is intended to ensure independent environmental monitoring

EDMONTON — Andrew Read, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the introduction of Bill 18 today in the Alberta Legislature. Read more about Pembina reacts to Bill 18

Call for Input

Public Notice Amisk Hydroelectric Project — Participant Funding Available for Environmental Assessment

Initiative: 
Amisk Hydroelectric Project
Deadline: 
2 May 2016

March 24, 2016—The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available to assist the public and Indigenous groups in participating in the environmental assessment by a review panel of the proposed Amisk Hydroelectric Project in northwestern Alberta.

Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to participate in the environmental assessment, including reviewing and providing comments on the Review Panel Terms of Reference and the Environmental Impact Statement, and preparing for and participating in the public hearing. Read more about Public Notice Amisk Hydroelectric Project — Participant Funding Available for Environmental Assessment

Call for Input

Notice of Application: Cold Lake Oil Sands Area, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Initiative: 
Cold Lake Oil Sands Area (CNRL)
Deadline: 
18 Apr 2016

From the AER website:

Notice of Application
Application No. 1854454
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Cold Lake Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1854454.

This application is being submitted as part of a pilot to allow applicants to apply for multiple activities under a single application.

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Event

Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program

Feb 23 2016

From AEMERA:

You are invited to an Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Meeting and Update from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, and a Forum on the Future of the Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

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Location

Marriott at River Cree Resort and Casino
300 East Lapotac Boulevard
Enoch , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Pembina reacts to federal climate test principles

OTTAWA — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to additional review principles for fossil fuel projects unveiled by Minister McKenna and Minister Carr today:

“We welcome the five principles unveiled today by the federal government to address deficiencies in the existing review process for fossil fuel projects. These principles demonstrate that Ottawa is committed to improving the ways in which fossil fuel infrastructure is evaluated. The requirement to consider direct and upstream carbon pollution in regulatory reviews acknowledges a long-standing deficiency in Canada’s regulatory framework for fossil fuel projects.

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ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

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