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Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more about Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

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National pollutant data finally released, sort of

Following the recent release of new mining pollution data — compelled by a lawsuit by MiningWatch Canada & Great Lakes United — the Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman posts on the "sorry state of access to pollution data in Canada":

The question remains, does anyone even know the environmental impact from spills and routine releases from industry and municipalities in Canada? Is it even possible for anyone to find out if there are reporting and access to information barriers?

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Incomplete reporting still reveals mining companies’ toxic threat

Environmental groups worry some of Canada’s mines are dragging feet on federal order to report toxic mining waste

TORONTO – New data released Friday in response to a lawsuit won last year by Ecojustice, on behalf of Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada, is beginning to shine a light on the toxic legacy of Canada’s mining and tar sands industries.

Unfortunately, despite a lawsuit and a government order to report pollutant releases, some facilities have failed to comply. Read more about Incomplete reporting still reveals mining companies’ toxic threat

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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

Short Course in Stable Gas Isotopes in Groundwater

Location:
Edmonton

Description:
From: Mary Griffiths, Pembina InstituteThe following course may be of interest to some people living in rural Alberta.Dr. Karlis Muehlenbachs at the University of Alberta, who does isotopic analysis on gas from water samples taken under Alberta Environment's baseline water well testing program and for complaint investigations, has arranged for a short course on isotopic analysis. It will be given by an international expert, as described below.

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