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The Pembina Institute responded 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.

Mar 17, 2010

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 showed an average score of 44 per cent, which demonstrates substantial room for improvement across the sector.

Mar 11, 2010

Pembina Reacts to Alberta competitiveness review

Albertans left out of the process, lose royalty revenue

Albertans, the owners of the province's oil and gas resources, were completely left out of the process of reviewing Alberta's royalty rates, says Chris Severson-Baker, Policy Director for the Pembina Institute.

Jan 18, 2010

Ignoring Oil Sands Impacts Undermines Pipeline Review

Proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would result in a 30% increase in average daily oil sands output

Environmental assessment of proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline will ignore the impacts of increased oil sands production

Pembina’s policy proposal is market-based and would promote innovation in industry. By forcing polluters to pay, Albertans would protect Alberta’s environment while enabling our economy to grow 44 per cent over the next decade.

Pembina's climate change team will be in Copenhagen from December 6 to 18. Find out how to reach them, and how to access Pembina's resources for reporters covering the UN Climate Summit.

Dec 4, 2009

Pembina Reacts: Review Process Ignores Oil Sands Impacts

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline review will not address impacts from increased production from the oil sands

In its environmental review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will not be considering the major environmental impacts of the 30 per cent increase in average daily oil sands output that the pipeline will enable.

Dec 1, 2009

Only two oil sands operations set to meet rules to deal with liquid tailings

Volume of toxic tailings will increase to 1.1 trillion litres according to industry plans

A comprehensive review of regulatory documents suggests most oil sands mining operations will not comply with new rules to limit increases in tailings.

Nov 23, 2009

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

A new report identifies 10 areas where the federal government has failed either to enforce or implement federal law or to exercise its constitutional authority to protect water quality near the Oil Sands.

Nov 3, 2009

Pembina Reacts: CERI Projections for Growth in Oil Sands Production

The Pembina Institute responds to a report from the Canadian Energy Research Institute that projects a return to rapid and accelerating growth in oil sands production in Alberta.

Proposed tailings approach would enable Suncor to meet the current ERCB tailings directive and could also enable the clean up of existing tailings waste.

Oct 20, 2009

Plafonnement et échange de crédits

Entreprises et organismes environnementaux tracent ensemble les grandes lignes du système

Dans une déclaration commune publiée aujourd’hui, un groupe unique d'industries et d'organismes environnementaux a annoncé l’élaboration des éléments clés pour un système canadien efficace de plafonds et d'échange de crédits pour les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

Oct 20, 2009

Companies, Environmental Organizations Work Together to Outline Key Elements of Cap-and-Trade Design

In a joint statement released today, a unique partnership of industry and environmental organizations have outlined the key elements for an effective Canadian cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines pose serious risks to salmon, according to a new report commissioned by the Pembina Institute. Pipelines and Salmon in Northern British Columbia: Potential Impacts, examines how pipeline construction and operations could affect salmon and salmon habitat.

Oct 14, 2009

Pembina Reacts: Government Funding for TransAlta's Pioneer CCS Project

Amy Taylor, Director of Alberta Energy Solutions at the Pembina Institute, responded to the announcement that the Governments of Alberta and Canada will provide a $779 million subsidy to TransAlta's Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project.

Oct 13, 2009

Pembina Reacts: Ignatieff's Speech on Clean Energy at the Vancouver Board of Trade

Tim Weis, Director of the Pembina Institute’s renewable energy and efficiency program, reacted to Michael Ignatieff’s speech today in Vancouver, saying the Liberal leader's committments to make significant investments in clean energy jobs and set a hard cap on carbon emissions are encouraging, but more details about targets and mechanisms are needed to make the plan workable.

The Pembina Institute responded to the announcement that the governments of Alberta and Canada will provide an $865 million subsidy to Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) project.

Oct 6, 2009

Pembina Reacts: Oil Sands Companies Submit Plans for ERCB Tailings Directive

The Pembina Institute responded to the announcement that oil sands company plans for tailings management compliance with Directive 074 have been made public.

Sep 22, 2009

Pembina Reacts: How Will Canada Answer President Obama’s Call for Climate Change Action?

In response to President Obama's speech to the U.N. calling for urgent global action to address climate change, Marlo Raynolds of Pembina comments, "Countries that lead the global transition away from fossil fuels will win the race for clean-energy jobs. Canada needs to be one of those leaders..."


Sep 15, 2009

Pembina Reacts: Shell Press Release Misleading

Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statements in response to Shell's media release regarding the occupation of its oil sands mine by Greenpeace activists:

"Shell's release makes a misleading statement regarding the Pembina Institute's ranking of its environmental performance. The Pembina Institute/WWF's 2008 report card on the environmental performance of oil sands mines found that Shell's new oil sands mines are getting worse, not better."