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Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy opens headwaters in the eastern slopes of the Rockies to open-pit coal mining

Calgary – The Government of Alberta has rescinded A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (1976; the Coal Policy). CPAWS Southern Alberta is concerned about the impacts this will have on Alberta’s treasured mountains and foothills along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. “There are currently no other land use plans or policies that directly replace the environmental zoning and restrictions under the Coal Policy” says Katie Morrison, Conservation Director for CPAWS Southern Alberta. “This leaves sensitive headwaters regions and treasured landscapes that provide habitat for species like grizzly bear, elk, and threatened native trout, at risk to the disturbances that come with surface coal mining and increased exploration.”

Since 1976, the Coal Policy has provided important land use zoning frameworks which have informed management and development of coal mines along the eastern slopes region of Alberta.

The Coal Policy’s Land Classification System prevented coal development on Category 1 lands and restricted development to underground or in-situ mining under Category 2 lands along the eastern slopes. The Coal Policy Category 2 covers 1,458,000 ha of the headwaters areas that provide the majority of drinking water to downstream communities in Alberta and across the prairies. With the removal of the coal policy, open-pit coal mines will now be permitted on these sensitive lands. Read more about Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy opens headwaters in the eastern slopes of the Rockies to open-pit coal mining

Alberta Strips Away Significant Mountain-Foothills Protection To Encourage Coal Mines

Coal Policy land zones, which have protected important mountain and foothills headwaters and wildlife habitat from open pit coal mining since 1976, were stripped away in a recent move by the Government of Alberta.

This policy change, made without any public consultation, has the potential to open up over 4.7 million hectares of environmentally sensitive lands to boom-and-bust coal developments, further jeopardizing headwaters integrity, wildlife security and the recovery of species at risk. Read more about Alberta Strips Away Significant Mountain-Foothills Protection To Encourage Coal Mines

Action Alert: Tell the Government to REJECT Teck Frontier Mine

This month the Government of Canada will approve or reject the massive 290 sq-km Teck Frontier oil sands mine project in northern Alberta. This project is a serious danger to our boreal forest and poses risks that cannot be ignored. If approved, the mine will threaten Wood Buffalo National Park, key species at risk, and Canada’s ability to reach its climate commitments. Nature can’t afford to support this project. 

Read more about Action Alert: Tell the Government to REJECT Teck Frontier Mine

Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Pembina Institute and Ecojustice react to Joint Review Panel recommendation to approve new oilsands mine

CALGARY – Environmental law group Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are concerned about the potential climate impacts of the Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands open pit mine, following the release of a Joint Review Panel report today that recommends its approval.

Despite finding that the mine would have significant adverse impacts on the environment – including the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands – the Panel concluded that those impacts are justified and that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, despite previous legal precedent, the Panel failed to recognize the adverse climate impacts or explain why the emissions impacts of this project are not significant. Read more about Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Webinar - Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 2019 Spring Reports

Apr 4 2019 - 11:30am

The webinar is an opportunity to ask the Commissioner questions about the findings of her audits of:

Aquatic Invasive Species. This audit focused on whether Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency implemented adequate measures to prevent aquatic invasive species from becoming established in Canadian waters. We examined their activities to prevent introductions, to detect and respond to invasions, and to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Read more about Webinar - Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 2019 Spring Reports

Public Notice: Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Public Comments Invited

Initiative: 
Grassy Mountain Coal Project
Deadline: 
21 Jan 2019

November 5, 2018 – The Joint Review Panel for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project announces today the start of a comment period on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Addenda submitted by Benga Mining Limited related to the environmental assessment of the project. Read more about Public Notice: Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Public Comments Invited

Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

Albertans face unacceptable risks from unfunded oil sands mine clean-up costs. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes it is time for tar sands mine operators to pay full security for their clean-up obligations and remove this burden from the public.  Read more about Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Initiative: 
Water Management Working Group, Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands
Position: 
ENGO Sector Members (4)
Application Deadline: 
16 Dec 2015

The Water Management Working Group (WMWG) is a team of knowledgeable water professionals, representing various disciplines and perspectives, that advises the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator on implementing the water management direction outlined in the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). Read more about Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

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