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Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?
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ELC News Brief Vol. 25 No. 1

The Environmental Law Centre has posted the first issue of the new look News Brief (Vol. 25 No .1) to their website. The issue is about "land use planning in the Lower Athabasca region and features articles on interpreting the Land Use Framework, biodiversity in the region and two related Federal Court actions." Read more about ELC News Brief Vol. 25 No. 1

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Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations

The Environmental Law Centre has made available to view or download the materials from their "Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations" webinar.

Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are at various stages of creating and implementing water and watershed management plans. There are numerous questions about how implementation of watershed plans is best achieved and what policies may be useful for meeting plan outcomes.

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What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate

The Environmental Law Centre has made the materials from their "What lies beneath? Accessing environmental information on real estate" webinar available to view online or download.

"I would never have bought if I knew..."

 

Are you a homebuyer, seller, real estate agent, or lawyer? Whether your concern is "due diligence" or "buyer beware," the practical challenge is the same: at this time there is no one-stop shopping for environmental information in Alberta.

 

On October 13, Environmental Law Centre Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic presented a webinar about accessing environmental records. This session gave special attention to the property condition and emerging online services.

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Seeking the Right Balance: Financial Security for Conservation and Reclamation of Alberta's Oil Sands Mines

Edmonton, AB – Development of Alberta’s oilsands resources has significant environmental consequences and potentially long-lasting impact on land and water resources. Oil sands surface mining projects have caused radical changes in landscapes and tailings ponds represent a significant ongoing challenge. Read more about Seeking the Right Balance: Financial Security for Conservation and Reclamation of Alberta's Oil Sands Mines

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