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Media Releases & Op-eds

Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

"Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future."

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Event

Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm
Poster: Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

Media Releases & Op-eds

Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Pembina Institute reacts to approval of Syncrude’s Aurora North Mine tailings plan

EDMONTON — Jodi McNeill, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) latest tailings management plan approval:

“This is the fifth approved tailings management plan that doesn’t comply with the AER’s Directive 085. Syncrude’s plan relies on composite tailings (CT) and water capping to treat its tailings. The AER questions whether CT deposits can support final closure landscapes, and water capping is an unproven technology that is not authorized by the regulator. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Call for Delegates

Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group

Initiative: 
Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group
Position: 
ENGO Members (3)
Application Deadline: 
24 Apr 2017

On March 13, 2015, the Government of Alberta released the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. The Framework provides direction to manage fluid tailings volumes during and after mine operation in order to manage and decrease liability and environmental risk resulting from the accumulation of fluid tailings on the landscape. The Framework can be found online.

Implementation of the Framework is currently underway, and a key priority project in this implementation process is the revision of the Mine Financial Security Program to meet the intent of the Framework. As a result, Alberta Environment and Parks is establishing a Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to invite three representatives from the ENGO community to actively participate in the working group. Read more about Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group

Event

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation: Media Conference & Information Session

Feb 2 2017 - 7:00pm

Based on concerns relayed to us by Traditional Knowledge Holders in Northwestern Alberta, Keepers of the Water and partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta have completed Phase 1 of the: 

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation 

Regarding pipeline spills and their clean up in Dene Tha Traditional Territory 

Media Conference and Information Session

  • Lunch at 12 noon
  • Dr. Kevin Timoney’s Report Presentation at 1:00 pm 
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Location

Corbett Hall
8205 114 Street NW (University of Alberta North Campus
Edmonton , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation – Report release event

Keepers of the Water is working to address concerns brought forward by Traditional Ecological Knowledge holders in Northern Alberta with our partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. 

At our Keepers IX Gathering in 2015, concerns were expressed about the clean-up of pipeline spills. Many thousands of spills have taken place in the Hay River Basin area; these have been spills of oil, diluent, produced water, and combinations of these. Local communities and Traditional Knowledge Holders are concerned about the clean up process after pipeline spills. While in some cases clean up has been certified as ‘complete’ by the Alberta Energy Regulator, ecological effects and residual contamination persist after remediation. Read more about Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation – Report release event

Call for Input

Call for Comments: Proposed Regulations for Microbeads in Personal Care Products Used to Exfoliate or Cleanse

Initiative: 
Proposed Regulations for Microbeads in Personal Care Products Used to Exfoliate or Cleanse
Deadline: 
10 Mar 2016

In February, Environment and Climate Change Canada has posted a consultation document on the Proposed Regulations for Microbeads in Personal Care Products Used to Exfoliate or Cleanse to the CEPA Environmental Registry.

From the CEPA Environmental Registry:

The consultation will be followed by a 30-day comment period. Comments received during this period will be taken into consideration while drafting the proposed Regulations. Please submit comments in writing no later than March 10, 2016.

Please address comments to the Products Division with the subject “Consultation on Proposed Regulations for Microbeads”. Comments can be submitted by mail, email or fax:

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