Oil Sands

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National Youth Climate Summit

Jul 4 2008 - 7:00pm to Jul 6 2008 - 10:00pm

Let's Invite the Elephant Into the Room

Call to participate in CYCC's Alberta Summit July 4-6, 2008 Edmonton, AB

Join us in building a national youth movement to confront one of the largest issues of our time: climate change.

We're ready for change, and we need you to make it happen. From July 4-6, we will gather at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for the next national Summit of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) and focus our collective energy on solving the biggest energy quagmire in our country, the Alberta Tar Sands. Read more about National Youth Climate Summit

Location

University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

Town Hall Meeting: Alberta's Oil Sands Reclamation

Jun 20 2008 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Originally posted at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/738473/

Why so little so late?

As Calgarians, do we fully understand the reality of what's going on in Alberta's north?

In May this year, The Pembina Institute released a comprehensive new report that showed “after 41 years of oil sands mining operations in northern Alberta , only 0.2% or one square kilometer of disturbed land is certified as reclaimed.”

Lead author Jennifer Grant, a senior policy researcher at the Pembina Institute, will give an overview of the report's findings and recommendations for sustainable energy solutions for Alberta 's future. Read more about Town Hall Meeting: Alberta's Oil Sands Reclamation

Location

West Hillhurst Community Centre
1940 6 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB
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Action Opportunity: To the Tar Sands Bike Trip

What are you doing for environmental justice this summer?

Sierra Youth Coalition is organizing another amazing political activism bike trip.

Fill a water bottle full of polluted water in the Athabasca River and hand-deliver it to the oil executive of your choice in Calgary.

Join us for the 2008 bike trip to raise awareness on this most pressing issue! The tar sands are Canada's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and at the current speed of development, could quickly become Canada's greatest contributor to climate change. It is also degrading Alberta's natural heritage with toxins and clearcutting, and posing serious health threats to communities in the region. Read more about Action Opportunity: To the Tar Sands Bike Trip

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Environmentalists win landmark Tar Sands lawsuit

Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment

Edmonton March 05, 2008

The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project, north of Fort McMurray.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition .

“This is a huge victory,” said Nixon. “The Court accepted our position that the environmental assessment was flawed, and that the Joint Panel failed to explain why it thought the Kearl Project’s environmental effects were insignificant. We will now consider whether to bring another lawsuit to challenge the project’s federal permit that was granted without legal authority.” Read more about Environmentalists win landmark Tar Sands lawsuit

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Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting

Keepers of the Athabasca

For Immediate Release
February 25th, 2008

Calgary - From Wednesday to Friday of last week, Treaty Chiefs representing the Treaties 6,7 and 8 nations of Alberta met and passed a resolution, unanimously, to support the calls for no new oil sands approvals until Treaty First Nations have approved a comprehensive watershed management plan and resource development plan for the region. Read more about Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting

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No New Approvals Candidate Challenge

Last week, a coalition of groups started a push for 'no new approvals on tar sands' development. Over 65 groups have signed on to the call and over 2000 people have signed the pledge. We are hoping that you will join them. You can view and sign the pledge at www.nonewapprovals.ca. Please feel free to individually sign-on to the petition and circulate it to others as well.

But don't stop just yet....

The Alberta Election: We are also hoping to build on the momentum of the pledge by taking the 'no new approvals' pledge right to candidates. We want to try to get candidates of all political stripes in every riding to sign on to the call for 'no new approvals for theAlberta tar sands'. We have put together a candidates pledge available at www.nonewapprovals.ca. We are hoping that everyone will print them out, take them to candidate forums and during question period challenge all the candidates there to sign-on. Read more about No New Approvals Candidate Challenge

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Public access to oil sands documents

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is hosting a range of oil sands documents requested by Martha Kostuch under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public access to the documents is available through the ELC's library, which is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:30 pm (noon hour access available by prior arrangement). Read more about Public access to oil sands documents

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Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

While Alberta Premier goes to Washington, the Kearl Tar Sands Project is going to court

January 14, 2008

EDMONTON - While Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is in Washington this week seeking to assure Americans that there are no environmental problems associated with dirty tar sands development, Canadian environmental organizations are going to court tomorrow to challenge a massive tar sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Imperial Oil's proposed Kearl Tar Sands project includes an open-pit mine that would strip 200 square kilometres of Boreal Forest and contribute to the devastation of the region's landscape and wildlife.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon will be in court on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, arguing that the environmental assessment of the open-pit mine project was flawed and that the project should be halted until a proper assessment has been completed. Read more about Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

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First-ever Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card Reveals Weak Environmental Performance

Jan 10, 2008

Today, Pembina Institute and WWF-Canada released Under-Mining The Environment, The Oil Sands Report Card — the most comprehensive comparative assessment of 10 of Alberta's operating, approved or applied for oil sands mines. The mines, for the most part, get a failing grade. Read more about First-ever Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card Reveals Weak Environmental Performance

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