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

Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Initiative: 
Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead
Deadline: 
30 Jul 2020

Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead are available for public review and comment until July 30, 2020.

Scientific Criteria Document

Fact Sheet

The draft provisional guidelines revise the 1999 Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for lead for the protection of human health only. The soil quality guidelines for lead for the protection of environmental health have not been revised. Read more about Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Initiative: 
Proposed ambient air quality guideline - Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS)
Deadline: 
15 Mar 2019

Alberta Environment and Parks has posted their draft Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS).

Comments, questions or suggestions regarding the content of this ambient air quality guideline can be emailed or forwarded to:

Email: [email protected]

Address: Read more about Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Dec 11 2018 - 11:00am
Dec 11 2018 - 12:00pm

 December 11, 2018
1-2 pm ET
This webinar is free.
 

The 2018 reports that will be discussed include:  

  • Toxic Substances - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Protecting Marine Mammals - "The government did little to protect marine mammals from the risk of commercial fishing and navigation until recently."
  • Sustainable Development Strategies (specifically on strategic environmental assessment) - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Environmental Petitions (with a number of interesting case studies, e.g., Agenda 2030 and nuclear liability insurance) - "Petitioners not satisfied by ministers' answers to questions about the environment and sustainable development."

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Tell Canada you want to end plastic waste

Deadline: 
23 Nov 2018

Next week, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are meeting in Ottawa to finalize their national plan to fight plastic pollution.  It’s vital that the plan is both ambitious and enforceable if we’re going to improve our terrible 11 per cent recycling rate for plastic waste. Sign the petition now to make sure they know you want a plastic waste free environment by 2025.

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Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future.

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal Read more about Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Pembina Institute reacts to approval of Syncrude’s Aurora North Mine tailings plan

EDMONTON — Jodi McNeill, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) latest tailings management plan approval:

“This is the fifth approved tailings management plan that doesn’t comply with the AER’s Directive 085. Syncrude’s plan relies on composite tailings (CT) and water capping to treat its tailings. The AER questions whether CT deposits can support final closure landscapes, and water capping is an unproven technology that is not authorized by the regulator. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

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