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Field Notes: News from AEN Member Groups

Melissa Gorrie posts on the Ecojustice Canada blog about the Carbon Capture and Storage Statutes Amendment Act and why Albertans…

"…should be concerned about the risks the government is taking with their health and the ecosystem and must call on government to amend this legislation before it is implemented."

Over at the Pembina Institute blog, Jennifer Grant posts about the ERCB's apparent "flip-flop" on the rules for oilsands tailings production; David Dodge introduces us to Pembina's new Executive Director; and Clare Demerse reports on the just-concluded UN climate talks in Cancun. Read more about Field Notes: News from AEN Member Groups

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Tailings regulations all bark, no bite

ERCB says it can exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulations

CALGARY — The Energy Resources Conservation Board has declared it has the power to exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulatory standards, a move environmental groups say is indicative of the board’s toothless tailings pond management.

The ERCB’s declaration came in response to a review application submitted in August by Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more about Tailings regulations all bark, no bite

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Pembina reacts to Environment Commissioner’s report

Federal government is failing to adequately monitor and report on water

Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the release of the Fall 2010 report of the Federal Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development. Read more about Pembina reacts to Environment Commissioner’s report

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Pembina reacts as Canada again ranks near last on climate change performance index

Matthew Bramley, director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the annual Climate Change Performance Index, in which Canada finished in 54th place of the 57 countries evaluated:

Read more about Pembina reacts as Canada again ranks near last on climate change performance index

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New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

OTTAWA — Detailed analysis released today by the Pembina Institute examines the structure and significance of the Obama Administration's plans to start regulating industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions next month. Despite the Government of Canada's stated intent to harmonize its climate change policies with the U.S., there are currently no proposed Canadian federal regulations to limit GHGs from key industry sectors like the oilsands. Read more about New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

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Pembina Institute to release new analysis of U.S. greenhouse gas regulations for industry

Experts available to comment on the upcoming U.S. EPA regulations and their implications for Canada in advance of a technical briefing on Thursday

OTTAWA, ON — Pembina Institute representatives are available to comment on the Obama administration's plan to regulate industrial greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act starting in January.  

The Institute will release a detailed analysis of the upcoming EPA regulations at a technical briefing on Thursday in Ottawa, where representatives will explain the new U.S. approach to regulating industrial emissions and what it could mean for Canada. Read more about Pembina Institute to release new analysis of U.S. greenhouse gas regulations for industry

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Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice's resignation

OTTAWA, ON — Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Minister Prentice's resignation on Thursday afternoon:

"Minister Prentice made significant progress on issues like national parks and toxics, and he certainly appeared to want to make meaningful progress on climate change.

"Unfortunately, the Harper government has failed so far to take substantial action to meet Canada's climate change commitments, manage the environmental impacts of the oilsands, and invest in renewable energy. Read more about Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice's resignation

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Weakened policy risks destroying thousands of hectares of Alberta wetlands

Policy ignores input of advisory group and Albertans

CALGARY, AB - After years of delays, the Alberta government has dismissed the no-net-loss recommendation of its own advisory group and is proposing a complex wetland policy that risks the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner confirmed the shift today to a group of stakeholders in Calgary. Read more about Weakened policy risks destroying thousands of hectares of Alberta wetlands

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Pembina reacts to U.S. senators’ environmental concerns with Canadian oilsands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Danielle Droitsch, U.S. Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to a letter sent by 11 American Senators to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding her department's review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would more than double U.S. imports of Canadian oilsands: Read more about Pembina reacts to U.S. senators’ environmental concerns with Canadian oilsands

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Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

A major player in the dirtiest electrical energy system in Canada attempts to back out of its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta

EDMONTON, AB – Environmental groups and landowners, alongside major utility companies, are opposing an application by Capital Power to renege on a legal obligation to offset more than half its greenhouse gas emissions from the new Genesee 3 power plant.

If the Alberta Utilities Commission agrees to allow Capital Power to no longer honour this commitment the company will cease to offset 1.34 MT of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of putting 224,000 cars on the road. Read more about Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

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