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Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

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Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Clare Demerse, associate director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the "Parallel Paths" report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE):

"This report raises some fundamental questions about the government's longstanding policy of waiting for the U.S. before implementing strong climate policies in Canada. Read more about Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

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Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

EDMONTON — Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister. Read more about Groups launch mapping tool to show Minister Kent need to stop new tar sands mine

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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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Pembina reacts to Alberta Environment oilsands monitoring announcement

CALGARY, AB — Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst for the Pembina Institute responded to Alberta Environment's announcement of a provincial environmental monitoring panel.

"It is a step forward for the Alberta government to concede that the current monitoring system for the oilsands is inadequate, but this announcement needs to be kept in perspective. The government has asked for recommendations for a world-class monitoring system, but it's uncertain when or even whether they will be implemented.

 

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Pembina reacts to Royal Society of Canada’s report on oilsands impacts

Expert science panel confirms serious gaps in government oversight of oilsands development

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director and Jennifer Grant, oilsands director of the Pembina Institute made the following statements in response to the release of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel findings on Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry:

"Today the scientists of the Royal Society of Canada confirmed that there are many serious gaps in the environmental assessment, regulation and monitoring of Canada's oilsands industry," said Simon Dyer. 

 

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Pembina Institute welcomes new executive director

An avid birder with an MBA plans to continue “tough but fair” approach

CALGARY, AB — Starting in January, Ed Whittingham will take over as the executive director of the Pembina Institute, a 25-year-old sustainable energy think tank with offices across Canada.

"Pembina is at its best when we take our excellent research and use it to bring people together from all sides of an issue to find practical solutions," said Whittingham. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a professional and dedicated team." Read more about Pembina Institute welcomes new executive director

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