Issue Brief: Imperial Oil tailings leaks

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On March 13, 2023, Environment and Climate Change Canada released a statement regarding the Kearl releases, stating that "based on information enforcement officers have to date, the seep is believed to be deleterious, or harmful, to fish" and that a Fisheries Act direction had been issued to Imperial Oil requiring "immediate action to contain the seep and prevent it from entering a fish-bearing waterbody."

New government coal consultation misses the mark, failing to engage with Albertans on the issues they care most about

76% of Albertans are in favour of more protections for nature and recreation in the Eastern Slopes. 64% of those aware of the issue opposed ongoing exploration activity in the Eastern Slopes.

Yesterday’s announcement from the Government of Alberta launching the consultation process for a new Coal Policy does not address CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters’ concerns around coal development in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. While CPAWS is happy to see that the process will be run by an independent committee, the survey released as part of the consultation is narrowly focused on regulation of coal developments.  Read More

Water NOT Coal : Solidarity Walk with Niitsitapi Water Protectors

Mar 27 2021 - 1:00pm

Join Niitsitapi Water Protectors on Saturday, March 27 for a peaceful (socially distanced) walk to protect the Eastern Slopes from open-pit coal mining!

We will begin our walk at 1pm at Reconciliation Bridge in Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7 (Calgary). Read More


Reconciliation Bridge
Calgary , AB

The Government of Canada is looking for input on plastics management 

A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution
9 Dec 2020

Plastic pollution harms human health, wildlife and ecosystems. The Government of Canada is looking for input on the discussion paper A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution. The opportunity to provide input closes December 9.  Read More

The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

Dec 2 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently made public the Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record which resulted in widespread national media coverage and commentary. This report is the result of the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, which allows individuals and organizations across North America to raise concerns about the enforcement of environmental laws by Canada, Mexico or the United States. Read More

Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Pembina Institute reacts to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s finding on oilsands tailings

CALGARY — Nina Lothian, director of responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's final report on Alberta tailings ponds, released Sept. 3, 2020, which found scientific evidence of contaminated water seeping into groundwater around oilsands tailings ponds. Read More


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