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Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more about Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

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Environmental groups oppose Total Joslyn North mine

World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address panel

EDMONTON, AB — Environmental groups are challenging a new oilsands project application that threatens wildlife habitat, is rife with errors and could leave Canadians facing roughly $3 billion in liability.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposes the approval of Total E&P Canada's Joslyn North Mine and is arguing for a full assessment of the project's cumulative impacts on wildlife, fish and northern forests, as required by law. Read more about Environmental groups oppose Total Joslyn North mine

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World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address Total oilsands review panel

EDMONTON, AB— Dr. James Hansen, award-winning climate scientist, will appear at the hearings into Total E&P Canada’s Joslyn North (oilsands) Mine on Tuesday in Sherwood Park, Alta.

Dr. Hansen will speak on the consequences of Joslyn North’s contribution of global warming emissions. The project will significantly increase Alberta and Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address Total oilsands review panel

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Oil Sands Environmental Coalition files motion requesting panel adjourn Total oil sands hearing

Flawed environmental assessment is illegal, groups say

CALGARY, AB — Today, on the first day of the Total E&P Joslyn North Mine hearing in Fort McMurray, lawyers for the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC) filed a motion arguing the hearing, which will determine whether the project goes ahead, be adjourned based on Total's deficient environmental impact assessment.

Canadian law requires a cumulative impacts assessment to determine what the impacts of the project are when combined with other existing and planned development. Total's assessment, however, does not meet these requirements.

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Capital Power breaks a key promise to Albertans

Capital Power trying to ‘wish away’ its progressive 2001 public hearing commitment in favor of simple compliance

EDMONTON, AB — Environmental groups and landowners have joined forces to block Capital Power's bid to remove a legal requirement that it offset 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are released from the Genesee 3 coal power plant. Read more about Capital Power breaks a key promise to Albertans

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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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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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