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Pembina reacts to passage of Bill C-38

EDMONTON — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government's passage of Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill:

“The Harper government’s insistence on passing this bill to weaken Canada’s environmental laws demonstrates that it is not listening to the concerns of the many thousands of Canadians calling for more environmental protection, not less.
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New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina Institute study outlines pollution from coal-fired power in run up to Environment Canada’s pending coal regulations

EDMONTON — Canada’s “cheap” coal power carries considerable hidden costs in terms of harmful pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report released by the Pembina Institute.

Coal use is concentrated in a few provinces in Canada, but pollution from coal-fired electricity generation is a problem of national concern. Recent proposals to weaken impending federal coal regulations could, if accepted, further compromise efforts to reduce Canada’s most polluting, most carbon-intensive electricity source. Read more about New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

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Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

CALGARY, AB — Chris Severson-Baker, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to TransAlta’s announcement that the Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed: Read more about Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

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Pembina reacts to federal government plans to weaken environmental assessment

CALGARY — Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects: Read more about Pembina reacts to federal government plans to weaken environmental assessment

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Pembina Institute backgrounder on the proposed EU fuel-quality directive

In advance of the February 23 European Commission vote on the European Union's proposed fuel-quality directive, the Pembina Institute has released a backgrounder to answer "some frequently asked questions about how the European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive could affect Canada’s oilsands sector and overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels".

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Environment groups ask Federal Court to force minister’s hand on caribou protection

EDMONTON — Environment Minister Peter Kent’s failure to reconsider emergency protection for woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta has prompted environmental groups to ask for the Federal Court’s help.

Six months ago, the Court called Minister Kent’s decision not to recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou “out of the blue,” and ruled that it ignored scientific evidence and must be set aside. The Minister was instructed to reconsider the government’s position, but has yet to show any signs of activity on the file.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, has asked the Court to amend its ruling to include a deadline to force a response from the Minister. Read more about Environment groups ask Federal Court to force minister’s hand on caribou protection

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Pembina reacts to Obama administration's denial of Keystone XL pipeline

EDMONTON — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s denial of the application for the Keystone XL pipeline:

“In denying the Keystone XL project, President Obama has recognized the risks this project could pose to the health and safety of the American people and to the environment, and the need to adequately review those concerns. Due public process is critical to making an informed decision.

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