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

Edmonton's Earth Day Festival

Spring is here, and we have the great pleasure in announcing the 21st Annual Edmonton’s Earth Day, Canada’s leading Environmental celebration.

Although International Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd of April, each year Edmonton positions our event on the closest Sunday, to enable the most people possible to attend. This year we will be starting Earth Week off on the Sunday beforehand.

Therefore, this year’s event is to be held in a new location, in Fort Edmonton Park, in and around Blatchford Hangar on Sunday, April 18th, from noon to 6 pm.  Volunteers, societies, environmental and wholistic organizations throughout the city are busy preparing their displays, activities and workshops for what promises to be a wonderful event. Read more about Edmonton's Earth Day Festival

Humans Killing Too Many Grizzlies in Alberta

Human caused deaths of grizzly bears in Alberta reached unsustainable levels in 2009. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) reported that 17 grizzly bears were killed by humans in 2009 and almost that many again were relocated.

Human caused deaths of grizzly bears in Alberta reached unsustainable levels in 2009. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) reported that 17 grizzly bears were killed by humans in 2009 and almost that many again were relocated. Scientific research indicates that unknown poaching kills likely accounted for an additional five to eight undocumented grizzly bear mortalities. Conservationists are calling on the Alberta government to immediately list the grizzly bear as Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act; increase habitat security by protecting critical habitat and reducing open route densities in grizzly bear range; and increase funding to public education programs that aim to reduce human-bear conflict.  Read more about Humans Killing Too Many Grizzlies in Alberta

First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

Some in-situ environmental impacts as serious as mining

Today, the Pembina Institute released Drilling Deeper: The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card. It is the first comparative environmental assessment of in-situ oilsands projects. Scores among the nine Canadian operating projects surveyed ranged from 25 to 60 per cent, with five of nine projects scoring less than 50 per cent. The average score of 44 per cent demonstrates substantial room for improvement across the sector. Read more about First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

As shale gas discoveries greatly expand already abundant reserves of natural gas, the economics of EnCana's application to drill an additional 1,275 gas wells within Suffield National Wildlife Area are becoming ever more questionable. The Suffield Coalition has long argued that it would be economically imprudent and not in the public interest to approve EnCana's application. In June, EnCana announced it was shutting in gas wells because of low demand and prices, so the time may be just right for EnCana to abandon further drilling within Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

Grizzly Bear Hunt Suspended for Another Year in Alberta

The Alberta government’s recent decision to suspend the province’s grizzly bear hunt for 2010 is good news for the bears. With a current population estimate of 691 bears in Alberta, the species requires legal protection from harm, not deliberate killing, say Alberta’s conservation organizations.

“We applaud the Minister for continuing the government’s commitment to removing one avoidable cause of grizzly bear deaths,” says Nigel Douglas, Alberta Wilderness Association conservation specialist. “It is important that that the new minister for Sustainable Resource Development has reaffirmed the commitments of his predecessor.” Read more about Grizzly Bear Hunt Suspended for Another Year in Alberta

Province should protect watersheds from overdevelopment as the prospect of drought looms for the second year in a row

Report released today highlights the need for better land-use management to address water shortages and reduce water supply and treatment costs

Calgary — The only thing drying up faster than Alberta's water supply is government investment in preventing a long-term water crisis from crippling Alberta's economy and communities. Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta, a new report by Water Matters, an Alberta-based water policy organization, indicates that land-use planning processes must secure Alberta's water future by protecting landscapes from overdevelopment.

"The projections for the impacts of climate change and increasing levels of development on our Read more about Province should protect watersheds from overdevelopment as the prospect of drought looms for the second year in a row

Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Albertans left out of the process, lose royalty revenue

Chris Severson-Baker, Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the competitiveness review released today:

"Albertans, the owners of the province's oil and gas resources, were completely left out of the process of reviewing Alberta's royalty rates.

"The review happened behind closed doors primarily with industry at the exclusion of representation from Alberta citizens.

"Albertans are the owners of the resource, the provincial government is the manager of the resource and the oil and gas companies are hired to undertake developments. The goal is to maximize value to Albertans, yet they have been excluded from negotiations. We can't be sure that today's changes will allow Albertans to get the best value from the development of their resource because they weren't consulted as part of this review. Read more about Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Bighorn Wildland Protection Calls Bolstered by New Grizzly Report

Calls to protect one of Alberta’s last great unprotected watersheds received a recent boost with the publishing of the province’s new report, Status of the Grizzly Bear in Alberta. The 4,000 square kilometre Bighorn area, which sits east of Jasper and Banff National Parks, has suffered from motorized abuse, and it is now clear that grizzly bears are one more victim of that abuse. Read more about Bighorn Wildland Protection Calls Bolstered by New Grizzly Report

Athabasca River at Risk

Despite good progress by a multi-stakeholder group in understanding issues around Athabasca River water withdrawals, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned there will still not be protective water rules for low winter flows. AWA believes oilsands mine river withdrawals must cease during low winter flows. Read more about Athabasca River at Risk

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