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Aug 27, 2010

Oil Sands Environmental Coalition calls on panel to reject Total oil sands mine application

Project not in public interest due to mounting environmental effects, flawed environmental assessment and missed government deadlines for environmental protection

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition filed a submission calling on the Joint Review Panel to reject Total E&P Canada's Joslyn North Mine Project application.

Aug 24, 2010

Environmental groups challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals

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

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on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, has filed an application with the ERCB requesting approval be withdrawn until management plans are brought in line with ERCB's tailings management directive.

Aug 19, 2010

Report recommends five steps to cut Ontario's oil use, protect the environment and save money

From the Gulf oil spill to the oil sands, Ontario drivers can make a difference

Bridging the Gulf highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ongoing ecological impacts from oil sands development. It focuses exclusively on personal transportation — how Ontarians get around every day — and presents five key actions to reduce oil use based on policy changes that are already underway in the province.

Aug 18, 2010

Pembina Reacts: Report reveals oilsands having negative impact on Canada's freshwater

Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to today's release of the Liberal members' of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development report from the committee's study of the impact of oilsands development on Canada's freshwater.

Aug 17, 2010

Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

Ecojustice files application for emergency protection, is prepared to fight for caribou in court

Environmental groups have joined with four Alberta First Nations to urge the federal environment minister to provide emergency protection for caribou herds in northeastern Alberta, Ecojustice said today.

Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association, the Pembina Institute and the Sierra Club of Canada Prairie Chapter, filed a letter today to Environment Minister Jim Prentice, demanding that he use emergency protection provisions in Canada's Species at Risk Actto protect caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta.

Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, and Joe Obad, associate director of Water Matters, responded to today's announcement that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands tailings plan.

Aug 5, 2010

Pembina reacts to Stelmach oil sands PR at Council of the Federation

Strong economic growth does not have to mean more pollution

In response to comments made by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach at a Council of the Federation meeting, Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, responds that other Canadian provinces clearly demonstrate that you don't need to increase pollution in order to achieve strong economic growth.

Jul 21, 2010

Lack of tailings dam transparency highlights increased risk to downstream communities

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.

The proposed environmental assessment of the Enbridge Gateway oilsands pipeline falls short, according to an analysis released today by the Pembina Institute.

The federal government is out of step with leading thinkers on issues related to sustainability, energy and climate change, according to the results of a groundbreaking survey of more than 5,000 experts and government officials.

Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, says proposed future federal coal regulations are a "comitment in principle" that must be backed by a massive scale-up of government support for renewable energy, and a clear plan to reach Canada's 2020 climate target.

By Clare Demerse, Climate Action Network-Canada

A leaked memo to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty advised the minister to live up to a G20 commitment to phase out tax breaks to the companies that produce coal, oil and gas. With just four weeks left before the G20 summit in Toronto, it's time for Minister Flaherty and Prime Minister Harper to commit to a Canadian plan to end tax breaks to fossil fuel producers.

Apr 23, 2010

Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules

Syncrude is given a pass to delay liquid tailings clean up

One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company.

Apr 22, 2010

Pembina Institute opens Washington Bureau

With all eyes on U.S. energy and climate policy, Pembina introduces Director of U.S. Policy

With the Canadian federal government determined to tie Ottawa's climate and energy policy to Washington's, the Pembina Institute announced today that it has established an on-the-ground presence in the U.S. capital, with Danielle Droitsch as the U.S. Policy Director. 

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

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.