Environmental Assessment

Sierra Club Canada shocked at new tar sands proposal

EDMONTON - Despite widespread concerns about treaty rights violations, health concerns and environmental impacts from existing Tar Sands projects, the government of Alberta will be considering once again another proposal for a huge tar sands mine and toxic tailings lake. The project, proposed by oil and gas giant TOTAL, is set to go to hearing on September 21st, 2010. Read More

Environmental Law Centre speaks about Bill C-9

Environmental Law Centre Executive Director Cindy Chiasson appeared on CBC Radio's The Current to talk about the significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act that are buried in the federal government's omnibus budget bill, Bill C-9.

Listen to the interview on the CBC website. Read More

Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

OTTAWA— Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada will tell the House of Commons Finance Committee today to remove sections from the budget bill (C-9) that gut Canada’s environmental assessment law. Again this year, the federal government is hiding changes to Canada’s environmental protection laws in the budget to avoid public scrutiny.

“Canada’s environmental assessment law should be publicly debated in the House of Commons Environment Committee, not weakened through quick-and-dirty amendments buried in budget bills,” said Ecojustice lawyer Stephen Hazell. “Parliament is legally required to start a comprehensive review of this law in June, and the Environment Committee should be the body to recommend any changes.” Read More

Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to measures in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Budget Implementation Bill (Part 20, Environmental Assessment, Bill C-9) that empower the federal government to avoid full environmental assessment of oil sands development:

“Over the past several years the Government of Canada has been trying to dodge its responsibilities for environmental assessment of proposed oil sands developments. This has led to a number of successful court challenges in which it was deemed that the government was not fulfilling its obligation to assess projects and protect the environmental interests of Canadians. Read More

New Environmental Assessment e-mail Notification System

Alberta Environment has instituted an e-mail based notification system to keep stakeholders aware of important milestones in the environmental assessment process for major projects. Major events may include finalisation of project Terms of Reference, receipt of EIA reports and the Director’s decision to declare the EIA report complete. List members will also be notified of any new guidance documents prepared by the Environmental Assessment Team.

If you are interested in receiving updates please go to the Alberta Environment website at http://www.environment.alberta.ca/1274.html and in the upper left hand corner click on the light blue shaded E-mail Information Service link. You will be asked to input your e-mail address and will then receive an e-mail notifying you about the service. Read More

Government System of Land-Use Planning Threatens Ability to Protect Environment

New law needed to integrate management of impacts to land, air and water resources

Calgary, April 16, 2008 - The Government of Alberta cannot effectively manage the growing impacts of development on Alberta's natural resources without a new law that considers cumulative impacts and provides tools to manage growth effectively, concludes a report released today by the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read More

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