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COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Rob Renner's appointment of tar sands monitoring review committee

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about Environment Minister Rob Renner’s tar sands monitoring announcement: 

 "It is frustrating to see the environment minister promise Albertan's a 'world class' monitoring system for future environmental stewardship and yet stake their advisory committee with the interests of big oil. Albertan's should be outraged by the appointment of Industry interests such as TransCanada Corporation, Tailsman Energy and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on this committee and yet once again we see the marginalization of local people and Indigenous knowledge holders." 
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Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Clare Demerse, associate director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the "Parallel Paths" report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE):

"This report raises some fundamental questions about the government's longstanding policy of waiting for the U.S. before implementing strong climate policies in Canada. Read more about Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

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Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more about Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

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Opposition to ERCB Plans to Increase Oil & Gas Well Densities in Alberta

New proposals from Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) to increase well densities throughout Alberta ignore all of the possible negative effcets that more wells and more infrastructure are likely to have on everything from wildlife to native grasslands to groundwater. In a letter to ERCB, dated January 18 2011, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) details its objections to the drastic proposals. 

AWA's comments to ERCB include: Read more about Opposition to ERCB Plans to Increase Oil & Gas Well Densities in Alberta

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Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

VANCOUVER — An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog.

The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government failed to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada. Read more about Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

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AUC announces details of community hearing sessions for Heartland Transmission Project application

Edmonton... The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has set dates and times for community hearing sessions as part of its enhanced public hearing process for the Heartland Transmission Project application. The Commission requires anyone choosing this option to register for one of the sessions by February 28, 2011. Read more about AUC announces details of community hearing sessions for Heartland Transmission Project application

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Attend a Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative Public Forum

This month signals the kick-off of the public forums for the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative, a regional citizen’s initiative to give voice to local priorities and recommendations for the Southern Foothills landscape and watersheds. The intent of the initiative is to inform land use planning and stewardship processes at the municipal and provincial level, and to contribute to building the long term, regenerative capacity of the region’s landscape. The Southern Foothills Initiative focuses on the Alberta landscape from Highway 22X south to Highway 3, and west of Highway 2. Read more about Attend a Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative Public Forum

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Peter Kent’s green agenda: Clean up oil sands’ dirty reputation

The oil sands have a new defender: freshly minted Environment Minister Peter Kent, who calls Canada’s tarry resource an “ethical” source of energy that should take priority in the U.S over foreign producers with poor democratic track records.

He balked at naming rival overseas suppliers that should take a back seat to Canadian oil-sands petroleum, saying he didn’t want to upset diplomatic relations.

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