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Citizen's Guide to Climate Change in Alberta

Global climate change may alter our way of life in Alberta and around the world forever. In light of this, Alberta Acts has come up with a concise Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta. The guide summarizes the potential impacts of climate change, highlights current Canadian and Albertan climate change policies, and identifies some potential paths forward. Read more…

In Alberta Acts’ Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta, we cover the following topics: Read more about Citizen's Guide to Climate Change in Alberta

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Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to measures in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Budget Implementation Bill (Part 20, Environmental Assessment, Bill C-9) that empower the federal government to avoid full environmental assessment of oil sands development:

“Over the past several years the Government of Canada has been trying to dodge its responsibilities for environmental assessment of proposed oil sands developments. This has led to a number of successful court challenges in which it was deemed that the government was not fulfilling its obligation to assess projects and protect the environmental interests of Canadians. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

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First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

Some in-situ environmental impacts as serious as mining

Today, the Pembina Institute released Drilling Deeper: The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card. It is the first comparative environmental assessment of in-situ oilsands projects. Scores among the nine Canadian operating projects surveyed ranged from 25 to 60 per cent, with five of nine projects scoring less than 50 per cent. The average score of 44 per cent demonstrates substantial room for improvement across the sector. Read more about First ever report card on deep oilsands reveals significant room for improvement

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Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Albertans left out of the process, lose royalty revenue

Chris Severson-Baker, Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the competitiveness review released today:

"Albertans, the owners of the province's oil and gas resources, were completely left out of the process of reviewing Alberta's royalty rates.

"The review happened behind closed doors primarily with industry at the exclusion of representation from Alberta citizens.

"Albertans are the owners of the resource, the provincial government is the manager of the resource and the oil and gas companies are hired to undertake developments. The goal is to maximize value to Albertans, yet they have been excluded from negotiations. We can't be sure that today's changes will allow Albertans to get the best value from the development of their resource because they weren't consulted as part of this review. Read more about Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

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Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

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Will Saskatchewan Oil Sands be a Carbon Copy of Alberta’s Mistakes?

Comprehensive new report outlines risks of poorly managed oil sands development and proposes a new approach
Saskatoon — Oil sands development in Saskatchewan should be paused immediately so that appropriate planning and regulatory processes can be put in place before further development occurs, says a report released today by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) in conjunction with the Pembina Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The report, Carbon Copy: Preventing Oil Sands Fever in Saskatchewan, outlines key steps that would be required to ensure any oil sands development proceeds responsibly.  

Read more about Will Saskatchewan Oil Sands be a Carbon Copy of Alberta’s Mistakes?

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Pembina Reacts: AERI Reports on Oil Sands Emissions

Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the release by the Alberta Energy Research Institute of two new analyses comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands and other sources of crude oil:

“These reports reaffirm that producing and burning oil from the oil sands results in up to 45 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions relative to some sources of conventional crude oil. Read more about Pembina Reacts: AERI Reports on Oil Sands Emissions

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Consumers Get Help in Choosing Carbon Offsets

Canadians heading off for summer vacation will have some help in making their holidays more environmentally friendly, thanks to a new guide ranking carbon offsets and vendors that encourages consumers to choose the highest quality carbon offsets. Read more about Consumers Get Help in Choosing Carbon Offsets

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Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

Pembina Institute Distributes Facts to Key Decision Makers in Canada and the U.S.

On June 4, 2009, the Pembina Institute distributed copies of a new resource, Clearing the Air on Oil Sands Myths, to key Canadian and U.S. decision makers. It identifies a growing body of oil sands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oil sands industry. Read more about Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

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Sierra Club Chinook Meeting: Recent Environmental Issues in the Oil Sands

Feb 13 2009 - 2:00am

Note: This event was originally scheduled for February 4th.

Our second regular public meeting of 2009 is on Wednesday, February 12th  and will feature the Pembina Institute's Terra Simieritsch, who will be talking about recent environmental developments in the Athabasca Oil Sands. Read more about Sierra Club Chinook Meeting: Recent Environmental Issues in the Oil Sands

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