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AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

Initiative: 
DRAFT Directive : Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
Deadline: 
17 Nov 2015

Calgary, Alberta (Sep 17, 2015)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.

As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.

“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more about AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Initiative: 
Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Position: 
ENGO Members (2 or 3) and Alternates (2)
Application Deadline: 
11 Sep 2015

Purpose:
Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive. Read more about Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more about Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

ELC launches Our North Saskatchewan regional plan website

The Environmental Law Centre has launched a new website focusing on environmental planning in the North Saskatchewan Region. The ELC's Jason Unger posted that the site's purpose is to:

"foster dissemination of environmental information that is central to this planning"

and that the site will provide:

  • Links to environmental information (regarding water, air, land, biodiversity, and cumulative effects),
  • Background information on regional plans, and
  • Starts the discussion around risks and opportunities in the regional planning context
Read more about ELC launches Our North Saskatchewan regional plan website>

Webinar: RAIN Community Solutions—engagement tools for stormwater

Jun 10 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Are you looking for training, tools, funding and support to help your organization take a role in promoting ecological solutions to stormwater issues in your community?

RAIN Community Solutions works with community-based environmental organizations, to develop customized plans to address local stormwater issues and priorities.

Join us on June 10 from 12-1pm EDT for a free webinar that introduces our program and services which include: Read more about Webinar: RAIN Community Solutions—engagement tools for stormwater

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 13 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more about Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Location

Knowledge Centre, 2nd Floor HSBC Building
10250 101 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 13 2015 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more about Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Location

Stanley A. Milner Public Library
7 Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more about Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

May 1 2015 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Many Albertans have engaged  recently in a number of important water issues. Ensuring our source water security, as well as drought and flood risk management, has become vitally important to each one of us. AWA believes there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. Join us for this panel discussion and hear candidates from major provincial political parties share their views about 'water for tomorrow'.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more about Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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