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Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Tar Sands Invasion Details Risks of Expensive, Dirty Oil Source

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf deepens, Canada's oil industry is taking advantage of the catastrophe to offer its dirty oil as an alternative to offshore drilling. A report released this week crushes that myth. Tar Sands Invasion: How Dirty and Expensive Oil from Canada Threatens America’s New Energy Economy details the enormous financial and environmental costs associated with what has been termed the largest and most destructive project on the planet. Read more about Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Board Announces New Executive Director and a Special Advisor on Water Policy

Canmore - The Board of the Water Matters Society of Alberta is delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Stark as the new Executive Director and Dr. Bill Donahue as Special Advisor on Water Policy.

"With Carole's excellent managerial and environmental skills and the ability to draw on Bill's scientific and legal expertise, Water Matters is in a very strong position to develop its work in protecting Alberta's watersheds," says Jason Unger, Chair of Board of Water Matters. Read more about Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Danielle Droitsch, Director of U.S. Policy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's unveiling of theAmerican Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman:

"With today's announcement of the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the national political leadership in the U.S. continues to advance serious and detailed proposals to cut greenhouse gas pollution, meet emission targets and create thousands of new clean energy jobs.

"This makes an unfortunate contrast to Stephen Harper's government, which continues to talk about targets without having produced any plan to meet them. Instead, Canada's government has adopted a 'wait for the Americans' approach.  Read more about Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

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

False claims highlight Alberta's inadequate GHG regulations

Provincial regulations have no material effect on growing emissions from oilsands

OTTAWA, ON - The Government of Alberta yesterday made false claims about greenhouse gas emissions from the province's major industrial polluters. The claims were included in a government news release and backgrounder (1) detailing results from provincial greenhouse gas regulations for the year 2009.

"It is simply unacceptable for the government to make claims of emission reductions that do not correspond to reality," said Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change Program. "The government's exaggerations may be its attempt to respond to criticism from at home and abroad. But instead of overselling its fundamentally flawed regulations, the government needs to focus on developing a serious plan for real reductions in the province's greenhouse gas pollution." Read more about False claims highlight Alberta's inadequate GHG regulations

2010 Better Transit Award honors Llew Lawrence

In 2005, Citizens for Better Transit launched an annual award program to recognize citizens who have made significant contributions to the improvement of public transit. Named after former city councillor and transit advocate Professor Gerry Wright, the 2009 award is sponsored by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569.

The 2010 Gerry Wright Better Transit Award recognizes the contributions of Mr. Llewellyn (Llew) A. Lawrence, former Director of Marketing and Director of Operations of the Edmonton Transit System. Read more about 2010 Better Transit Award honors Llew Lawrence

Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Syncrude is given a pass to delay liquid tailings clean up

One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company. Read more about Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Pembina Institute opens Washington Bureau

With all eyes on U.S. energy and climate policy, Pembina introduces Director of U.S. Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the Canadian federal government determined to tie Ottawa's climate and energy policy to Washington's, the Pembina Institute announced today that it has established an on-the-ground presence in the U.S. capital. Read more about Pembina Institute opens Washington Bureau

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