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Strong methane regulations the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to protect our environment, say 16 Alberta organizations

Joint letter urges the alberta government to seize the economic and environmental opportunity available by enacting strong methane regulations to capture wasted natural gas

Edmonton, Alberta—16 community and environmental organizations from across Alberta are calling on the province to implement mandatory methane regulations to reduce climate pollution from the oil and gas sector, help meet the Province's emission reduction targets, capture valuable natural gas this is currently wasted and catch up to other leading energy-producing jurisdictions.  

A joint letter was submitted on March 9, 2018 to the Alberta government to inform the development of the Province's new methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. Read more about Strong methane regulations the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to protect our environment, say 16 Alberta organizations

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SAGE Calls for Headwaters Restoration fo Benefit Majority of Citizens in Southern Alberta

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) together with others in the conservation community is calling for reduced linear footprint, strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public lands, and a ban on OHVs in parks and protected areas.  A communiqué was sent to the Government of Alberta on January 13, 2016.  The Southern Alberta Group for Environment (SAGE), established in 1984, works to protect and restore the health of our environment—water, air, and land—in Lethbridge and region. Read more about SAGE Calls for Headwaters Restoration fo Benefit Majority of Citizens in Southern Alberta

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Open Letter: Water for Alberta's Rivers

Dear Albertans:

We believe you understand the value of water and the need to use water wisely. That is why so many of you have participated in Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, providing guidance to decision-makers about how we use and manage our water resources.

The goals of the Water for Life Strategy are:

  • Safe, secure drinking water
  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems
  • Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
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National Wildlife Area Missing from Proposed Endangered Owl Habitat Designation

Calgary. A proposal by the federal government that would limit habitat protection for the endangered Burrowing Owl has raised alarm among conservation groups. In a letter sent to Environment Minister Jim Prentice today, members of the Suffield Coalition voiced concern that his department’s apparently selective identification of critical habitat overlooks burrowing owls in the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about National Wildlife Area Missing from Proposed Endangered Owl Habitat Designation

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Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

As shale gas discoveries greatly expand already abundant reserves of natural gas, the economics of EnCana's application to drill an additional 1,275 gas wells within Suffield National Wildlife Area are becoming ever more questionable. The Suffield Coalition has long argued that it would be economically imprudent and not in the public interest to approve EnCana's application. In June, EnCana announced it was shutting in gas wells because of low demand and prices, so the time may be just right for EnCana to abandon further drilling within Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

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EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

Calgary – The Suffield Coalition is disappointed to have learned last week that the Crown has stayed the case against EnCana on charges of violating Canada’s Wildlife Act. EnCana was scheduled to be tried on March 19, 2010, almost five years after EnCana installed a section of pipeline in the CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area without a permit (in March 2005). Numerous adjournments and a preliminary hearing were held in Medicine Hat, but now there will be no trial. Read more about EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

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Environmental Coalition Launches Suffield Video Days before Hearing

Southern Alberta Group for the EnvironmentFederation of Alberta NaturalistsAlberta Wilderness AssociationNature CanadaGrasslands NaturalistsNature Saskatchewan

Calgary (October 2, 2008) - The high-profile hearing for EnCana's application for a large shallow gas project in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA) will begin in Calgary on Monday, October 6. Today the Suffield Coalition - seven conservation groups opposing the application - launched a three-minute videhighlighting EnCana's poor environmental record in the area and pointing tthe danger tSuffield's rare grassland ecosystem. The video, entitled "Suffield National Wildlife Area - Defending a Grassland Treasure," can be viewed on the Alberta Wilderness Association website (www.AlbertaWilderness.ca). Read more about Environmental Coalition Launches Suffield Video Days before Hearing

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EnCana’s Ninth Appearance in Court on Wildlife Act Charges

Southern Alberta Group for the EnvironmentFederation of Alberta NaturalistsAlberta Wilderness AssociationNature CanadaGrasslands Naturalists

Calgary (September 18, 2008) – With the hearing into EnCana’s application to drill 1,275 wells in the Suffield National Wildlife Area less than three weeks away, another related scenario continues to unfold. On September 18, EnCana appears in Medicine Hat Court for the ninth time on charges related to installing a section of pipeline in the National Wildlife Area without a permit. EnCana has pled not guilty, and during the September 18 appearance, a trial date is to be set. Read more about EnCana’s Ninth Appearance in Court on Wildlife Act Charges

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Oil Sands Industry Blocks New Wetland Protection Rules

For immediate release – September 16, 2008

Alberta Wilderness AssociationPembina InstituteSierra Club of Canada (Prairie Chapter)Southern Alberta Group for the Environment • South Peace Environment Association • Water Matters

A last-minute withdrawal by the oil sands industry from a negotiated agreement on wetlands has prompted calls from environmental groups that the Government of Alberta not give in to oil industry pressure, but rather deliver on overdue rules to protect and conserve wetlands across Alberta.

Two letters to the Alberta government, sent by the oil sands industry after they withdrew their approval for a broadly supported wetland policy, demonstrate the oil sands industry’s overt effort to pressure the Alberta government.

Alberta Wilderness Association, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada (Prairie Chapter), Southern Alberta Group for the Environment, South Peace Environment Association and Water Matters are calling on the Government of Alberta to proceed swiftly to implement a landmark wetland policy recommended today by the multi-stakeholder Alberta Water Council (AWC). Read more about Oil Sands Industry Blocks New Wetland Protection Rules

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