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South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

Sensitive Milk River Ridge Grasslands Open to Oil Exploration

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that sensitive rough fescue and mixed grasslands on the Milk River Ridge are being opened up to exploration activity in the Alberta Bakken oil play. At the same time, efforts to secure legal designation for these lands are being delayed until the Government of Alberta releases its South Saskatchewan Region Plan (SSRP). Read more about South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

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Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

Government documents show precedent of province blocking Pembina’s participation in oilsands hearings because of critical analysis of government policies

EDMONTON — The Pembina Institute was in court today appealing a Government of Alberta decision not to allow the energy policy think tank to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project, arguing the government broke provincial rules for public participation in the review of energy projects. Read more about Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

Funding Opportunity

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program

Deadline: 
10 Sep 2013

From the CEC website:

On July 11, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation announced the 2013 Call for Proposals for the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program. Read more about North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program

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Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released

With substantial progress on only two of 19 recommendations, faster implementation of oilsands environmental solutions needed to secure social license for future development

Edmonton — Two years after the Pembina Institute outlined 19 steps toward responsible oilsands development in a report entitled Solving the Puzzle, and one year after Alison Redford won a majority government, very little progress has been made on the recommended policy improvements, according to an update released by the Institute today. Read more about Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released

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Alberta Again Violates Caribou Policies With Today's Energy Leasing

“Alberta Energy promotes caribou habitat disturbance by selling leases that drive new well sites, ignoring technology options to reduce existing footprint,” says Carolyn Campbell, AWA conservation specialist.  “In the Little Smoky range with over 95% disturbance, the government wages war on wolves and moose while encouraging more industry footprint that drives caribou population declines.” Read more about Alberta Again Violates Caribou Policies With Today's Energy Leasing

Funding Opportunity

Alberta Ecotrust Community Grant Program - Deadline Extended

Deadline: 
22 Apr 2013

Need cash for a good cause? 

  • Are you an Alberta-based organization whose vision and mission primarily focus on the environment? 
  • Are you working on issues surrounding water and water quality; landscapes and land use; or air, climate and energy efficiency?
  • Are you a registered nonprofit or a charity?

Then consider applying to the Alberta Ecotrust Community Grant Program! Read more about Alberta Ecotrust Community Grant Program - Deadline Extended

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Government updates "Guide to Preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports in Alberta"

Attention EIA wonks, and anyone interested in the environmental assessment and approvals process in Alberta:

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development has updated their Guide to Preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports in Alberta. Read more about Government updates "Guide to Preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports in Alberta"

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Stop Alberta Energy Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range

In violation of Alberta’s 2011 woodland caribou policy that places an immediate priority on maintaining caribou habitat, Alberta Energy plans auctions of new oil and gas leases within the Little Smoky caribou range on February 7, March 7 and April 25, 2013. This herd’s habitat is already 95% disturbed, according to Environment Canada. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has issued an open letter to Alberta’s Energy Minister urging him to defer these lease sales as a step towards responsible habitat management for this herd at imminent risk of local extinction. Read more about Stop Alberta Energy Leases in Threatened Little Smoky Caribou Range

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