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Environment Groups Sue to Block Federal Reliance on "Phantom" Mitigation for the Oil Sands

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Mar 30, 2007

Sierra Legal, on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations, filed an application yesterday for a Federal Court judicial review of the Joint Panel report assessing the Imperial Oil Kearl Oil Sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta, the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition and Sierra Legal will argue that the Joint Panel failed to properly do its job, and that a proper environmental review must take place before the federal government can decide whether to allow the Kearl Oil Sands project to proceed. Read more about Environment Groups Sue to Block Federal Reliance on "Phantom" Mitigation for the Oil Sands

ENGO Capacity Building: Engaging Companies for Corporate Environmental Responsibility, New Approaches and Lessons Learned

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Kananaskis

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This fall, join the Pembina Institute in the Rockies to discuss how Canadian ENGOs can best engage companies for corporate environmental responsibility, whether as adversaries or allies.From November 13-15th, Pembina will host a training workshop designed to help the Canadian ENGO community build the skills and knowledge necessary to more effectively engage companies operating in Canada. Highlights of the session include: Presentations by leading industry thinkers and practitioners on what makes companies tick and what ticks companies off; Pembina Institute lessons from 20 years of engaging companies for increased environmental responsibility, both as good cop and bad cop; Shared lessons from the experiences of 20-25 Canadian ENGOs and; A concluding “Thought Leader” forum, during which workshop attendees and industry/government representatives will collaboratively discuss approaches and solutions to a hot-button environmental issue.

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Scientists warn of the severe environmental consequences of Alberta's deep oil sands development

August 1, 2006

Fort McMurray, AB - In a report and interactive movie> released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Pembina Institute, scientists warn that projected development of Alberta's deep oil sands will drive many boreal wildlife species, including caribou, lynx, marten and some forest bird species to local extinction.

Today's 35-page report is the first assessment that fully quantifies the cumulative impact of Alberta's deep oil sands extraction on forests and wildlife. Although oil sands strip mining near Fort McMurray has received most of the attention to date, 80% of Alberta's oil sands reserves are too deep to be mined and must be extracted through in situ (in place) techniques. Read more about Scientists warn of the severe environmental consequences of Alberta's deep oil sands development

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