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Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

It has been a year since the Obed Mountain Coal Mine disaster. The mine was owned at the time by Sherritt International but has since been purchased by Westmoreland Coal Company. The breach of a containment pond spilled 670 million litres of toxic tailings into the Athabasca River and its tributaries. Five weeks later this plume of contaminated water had worked its way through the Peace Athabasca Delta and into the North West Territories. Read more about Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

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Pembina reacts to CNRL’s application to resume oilsands operations while bitumen continues to leak near Cold Lake, Alberta

Erin Flanagan, Analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today in response to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) application to resume steaming operations near areas experiencing on-going bitumen-emulsion releases:

“CNRL should not be allowed to increase high pressure cyclic steam stimulation (HPCSS) in proximity to the areas impacted by blowouts in 2013 until the Alberta Energy Regulator investigation is complete, the results have been made public and interested parties have had an opportunity to comment on recommendations arising from the investigation. It is premature to debate additional production until this report is complete and has been subject to public review.

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AWA calls on the Alberta Government to take a stronger conservation stance for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

With the comment period soon ending on January 15, 2014, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has sent official recommendations to the Alberta government in response to the Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). After extensively reviewing the draft, AWA has serious concerns with the draft and wants significant changes in the final SSRP. Although there are positive strategic directions in the draft indicating a need for a cumulative effects management approach, land use tradeoffs and sufficient headwater and biodiversity protection are largely absent. Read more about AWA calls on the Alberta Government to take a stronger conservation stance for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

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Emergency Order Essential First Step in Sage-grouse Recovery

Sage-grouse recovery must remain focused on getting habitat right so the birds can recover. Postponing the Emergency Order for the Protection of the Greater Sage-grouse as requested by the City of Medicine Hat and LGX Oil and Gas Inc. would delay recovery and be counterproductive. Read more about Emergency Order Essential First Step in Sage-grouse Recovery

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Pembina reacts to creation of Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy in Alberta

Province the first in Canada to establish cabinet role specific to renewables

EDMONTON — Ed Whittingham, Executive Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the swearing in of Donna Kennedy-Glans as Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy:

“The Pembina Institute welcomes Premier Alison Redford’s creation of the role of Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the appointment of Donna Kennedy-Glans to the position.

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Pembina reacts to federal approval of Shell Jackpine mine expansion

CALGARY — Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, made the following comments in response to the release of the federal government’sdecision statement for the Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion project: Read more about Pembina reacts to federal approval of Shell Jackpine mine expansion

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New Roads, Cutblocks and Wells Undermine Little Smoky Caribou Critical Habitat

Significant new disturbance within caribou ranges in west central Alberta is destroying federally protected critical habitat and undermines chances for naturally sustaining caribou populations committed to by Alberta and federal governments. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) echoes residents’ concerns about these disturbances even as it looks for solutions within Alberta’s Little Smoky - A La Peche caribou range planning process. Read more about New Roads, Cutblocks and Wells Undermine Little Smoky Caribou Critical Habitat

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