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Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more about Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

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Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more about Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

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Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more about Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

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Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more about Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

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Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more about Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

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Postponed Major New Energy Lease Sales A Good Step for Endangered Alberta Mountain Caribou

Today the Alberta government postponed a major auction of new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) within the endangered Redrock Prairie Creek mountain woodland caribou range. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) welcomes this decision. AWA calls on the Alberta government to defer further energy lease sales in endangered caribou ranges until effective rules are in place to protect and recover their habitat. Read more about Postponed Major New Energy Lease Sales A Good Step for Endangered Alberta Mountain Caribou

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