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ELC Submission regarding Nexen Inc. Water Act Notice of Application

The Environmental Law Centre has posted its statement of concern to Alberta Environment regarding the applications of Nexen under the Water Act to build a water pipeline to the Long Lake Project from the Clearwater River.  

The project proposed by Nexen at this time significantly differs from the original project. Accordingly, this is an important opportunity for the Minister to re-consider, using the powers under the Water Act whether the project is still in the public interest.  Moreover, this is an important opportunity for the Director to consider whether there is sufficient information on environmental effects, and whether the potential environmental impact merits rejection of the application in light of the difference between this proposal and the original application made to the ERCB.

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Environmental groups challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals

ERCB acted contrary to the law in approving tailings plans, groups say

CALGARY – The Energy Resources Conservation Board’s approval of Syncrude’s tailings management plan is unlawful and must be revoked immediately, Ecojustice said today.

Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, has filed an application (see attached) with the ERCB requesting approval be withdrawn until management plans are brought in line with ERCB’s tailings management directive. Read more about Environmental groups challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals

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Water & Oil Sands Waterlution Workshop

Oct 25 2010 - 6:00am to Oct 27 2010 - 6:00am
  • Are you interested in learning of the challenges and opportunities to water management?
  • Do you want to learn how community engagement works in Fort McMurray?
  • Are you interested in learning how Alberta's water supply is managed in the oil sands region?

Purpose of the Program

The Water and Oil Sands Waterlution workshop is a two and a half day residential workshop that engages Canadian youth in dialogue surrounding current water issues in the province of Alberta.  This workshop, is in it's fifth year and focuses specifically on the oil sands region, where vast quantities of
water are used for Alberta's booming energy sector. Participants will look closely at corporate operations, the provincial government's policies, the engagement of First Nations and community leaders, and how these groups work together in managing water within this intensive environment.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop future leaders in water resource management and related fields. Participants will be flown from Calgary to Fort McMurray on a group flight departing the afternoon of October 25th and returning late on October 27th.

Please see the attached invite for more information Read more about Water & Oil Sands Waterlution Workshop

Location

Fort McMurray , AB
Media Release

Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more about Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

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Lack of tailings dam transparency highlights increased risk to downstream communities

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. – Two weeks after a parliamentary committee quietly cancelled its report on water and oilsands pollution, a new report reveals that oilsands development continues to create risks for communities downstream. Read more about Lack of tailings dam transparency highlights increased risk to downstream communities

Event

Tar Sands Healing Walk

Aug 14 2010 - 6:00am

We, the Keepers of the Athabasca, are calling on allies and supporters to join us on a healing walk on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. We are asking all community members of the Tar Sands region and supporters to come out and walk for the healing of the land and our sacred waters. The walk will be led by First Nation and Metis elders and community members but we are hoping that our allies will come out to walk beside them as supporters as well. Read more about Tar Sands Healing Walk

Location

meet at Lions Park on Tolen Drive Fort McMurray , AB
Media Release

Message to Renner: Our Water Is Not for Sale

Campaign to challenge move to provincial market for water

Our Water is Not for Sale, a network of organizations and individuals from all corners of Alberta is launching a campaign to call on Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner to stop plans to introduce legislation to establish a province-wide water market. Read more about Message to Renner: Our Water Is Not for Sale

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Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

Bait and switch application could mean 17,000 cubic meters per day from Alberta's Clearwater river not accounted for in original ERCB approval would be lost to SAGD and chemical processes

An application to Alberta Environment by Nexen Inc. for a water licence would be the first to enable the diversion of water from a designated Canadian Heritage River, the Clearwater River in north eastern Alberta, for unrecoverable use in oil sands upgrading and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for the Nexen Long Lake Project. Public notice of the application was placed in Alberta papers this week. Read more about Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

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