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Upcoming Oil Sands Events

Pembina Institute

I would like to highlight a few very important events that will be taking place in the oil sands realm. The Pembina Institute will be celebrating the end of their "Connecting the Drops" Athabasca River expedition in coordination with a rally organized by the First Nations communities of Fort Chipewyan on August 14th in Fort Chipewyan. The event will highlight the health and environmental concerns they currently hold in their region. All are encouraged to attend, please see the attached poster by George Poitras to obtain more information about this important event. Feel free to contact myself or George for further information on the rally. Speakers at this event will include Dr. O'Connor, Dr. Schindler, Melanie Nakagawa (NRDC), Don VanHout (expedition leader), Dan Woynillowicz (Pembina Institute), as well as Chiefs and Elders from the community. Read more about Upcoming Oil Sands Events

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Oil Sands Action Alert

From: Martha Kostuch

The Government of Alberta has not yet responded to the Oil Sands Multistakeholder's Recommendation and Report. This provides an opportunity for people who support the recommendations to lobby the Government to adopt and implement the recommendations. (Note: There are only three of the non-consensus recommendations that I as the ENGO representative on the panel I did not support.)

I would encourage you to take any or all of the following actions: Read more about Oil Sands Action Alert

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Environmental Activist urges Government to Adopt Oil Sands Recommendations

Prairie Acid Rain Coalition
Media Release

July 26, 2007

Yesterday, the Government of Alberta released the Report and Recommendations of the Multistakeholder Committee (MSC) and Panel.

The MSC reached consensus on 96 recommendations. Some examples of the consensus recommendations to achieve the vision of "Ensures a Healthy Environment" are:

  • Create and implement comprehensive regional resource and environmental planning and management systems for the Oil Sands Area and for regions impacted by existing and proposed upgraders.
  • Work with neighboring jurisdictions and the federal government to ensure cumulative assessment and management of transboundary issues.
  • Require comprehensive reclamation and mitigation plans from the onset of development that include milestones. Establish penalties to be enforced if operators fail to meet identified milestones.

"It is my expectation that the government will implement all of the consensus recommendations as quickly as possible," said Martha Kostuch, Chair of the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition and a member of the MSC. Read more about Environmental Activist urges Government to Adopt Oil Sands Recommendations

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Riverdale NetZero News #2

From: Gordon Howell, Riverdale NetZero Project

Dear friends and colleagues:

I thought to send you our Riverdale NetZero News #2, with great new layout, colours and formatting courtesy of Max Amerongen.

You can see what we've done and where we are going. You are welcome to circulate this to your networks.

A lot is happening behind the scenes. We've got a new web site under construction. We've got 100 people registered for the public tour this Saturday. We are also giving a presentation and tour this Monday to 50 mayors, civic leaders and municipal decision makers from across Canada who are on an Energy Mission to Alberta sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Read more about Riverdale NetZero News #2

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Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee Recommendations Fail to Address Runaway Pace of Oil Sands Development

Pembina Institute

For immediate release
July 25, 2007

Responsibility Now Rests With Premier Stelmach

The recommendations of the Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee released today by the Government of Alberta fail to address the main concerns of Albertans, according to the Pembina Institute. The final report was submitted to the Government of Alberta on June 30, 2007, and is currently being reviewed by the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The Ministers have not yet responded to either the consensus or non-consensus recommendations of the committee. Read more about Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee Recommendations Fail to Address Runaway Pace of Oil Sands Development

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Final oil sands reports set a framework for the future

The following document has been posted to the Government of Alberta website.

News Release

Building a stronger Alberta

July 25, 2007

Final oil sands reports set a framework for the future

Edmonton... Setting out a vision and identifying principles to guide the future development of Alberta’s oil sands are highlighted in the Oil Sands Consultations Multistakeholder Committee (MSC) Final Report and the Aboriginal Consultation Final Report. Read more about Final oil sands reports set a framework for the future

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Government Commits to Support the Canadian Environmental Network

Ottawa, July 23Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) is now able to continue its important work as the Minister of the Environment has announced that the Federal Government will continue its support. The RCEN is an independent, non-partisan organization. It does not take positions on environmental issues. Rather, the RCEN actively encourages and supports those who take part in public consultations, working groups, and national and international meetings. Read more about Government Commits to Support the Canadian Environmental Network

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