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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.

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 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.

Jun 4, 2009

Clearing the Air of Oil Sands Myths

Pembina Institute Distributes Facts to Key Decision Makers in Canada and the U.S.

On June 4, 2009, the Pembina Institute distributed copies of a new resource, Clearing the Air on Oil Sands Myths, to key Canadian and U.S. decision makers. It identifies a growing body of oil sands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oil sands industry.

May 13, 2009

Alberta on Path to Water Scarcity and Contamination

Federal Government Missing in Action on Oil Sands Water Management

Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute presented evidence at the Oil and Water Hearings that oil sands development threatens Alberta's freshwater. The groups will showed that the federal government's mismanagement of oil sands development failed to protect the environment.

Feb 9, 2009

Climate Change Expected to Decrease Alberta's Water Supply

Energy Sector Must Reduce Its Reliance on Water

With available fresh water resources expected to decrease as a result of climate change, Alberta faces the challenge of meeting its growing demand for water in a sustainable manner, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute.

Jan 27, 2009

Voluntary Agreement Between Alberta Government and Oil Sands Operators Lacks Teeth

Athabasca River at Risk without Enforcement Provisions

By Simon Dyer, Water Matters, Sierra Club of Canada, Keepers of the Athabasca

The Government of Alberta has repeatedly failed to respond to questions regarding its ability to effectively monitor and enforce water withdrawal restrictions for oil sands companies, noted a number of Alberta environmental groups.

Dec 2, 2008

Oil Sands Development Could Claim More Than 160 Million Boreal Birds

New report outlines devastating impact for birds in U.S. and Canada

By Simon Dyer, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Boreal Songbird Initiative

The extraction and refining of bitumen from Canada’s oil sands is taking a significant toll on migratory birds throughout North America. Danger in the Nursery: Impact on Birds of Tar Sands Oil Development in Canada’s Boreal Forest outlines the current and projected effects of the oil sands industry on migratory bird populations in Alberta’s boreal forest and along the Western Hemisphere’s flyways.

Aug 3, 2007

Expedition Arrival Prompts Demand Athabasca River Be Protected

Environmental, Community Groups and Mikisew Cree First Nation Call on Province to Save River from Oil Sands Development

The Athabasca River Expedition arrived in Fort McMurray today, prompting a rally calling for protection of the Athabasca watershed from oil sands development.

On August 3, The Mikisew Cree First Nation and environmental groups will hold a media conference together for the first time to express their concerns publicly. The groups will outline their recommendations for protecting the river.

Don Van Hout will be meeting with media in Edmonton today as the expedition team makes their final preparations for the launch of the Pembina Institute's Athabasca River Expedition: Connecting the Drops.

Jun 14, 2007

Media Advisory: Official Launch of Athabasca River Expedition: Connecting The Drops

Highlighting a World Class River Facing World Scale Threats

Fifteen hours before the launch of a two-month, 1538 kilometre mountaineering, hiking, and canoeing adventure, Connecting the Drops expedition leader Don Van Hout will be in Edmonton to meet with media.

This weekend, the Pembina Institute will unveil a two-month canoeing, hiking and mountaineering expedition traversing the entire 1,538 kilometre length of the Athabasca River to raise awareness about threats to the river and its watershed.

Seventy-one per cent of Albertans believe that the Government of Alberta should suspend new oil sands approvals...

Apr 20, 2007

Stelmach Government Fails to Plan for a Sustainable Future

Alberta's Biggest Budget Ever Overlooks the Environment

The Stelmach Government's first budget does little to acknowledge the accelerating environmental impacts of an overheating energy sector, let alone begin to address them, three leading environmental organisations said today.

In response to Phase II of the Alberta Oil Sands Consultations, the Pembina Institute released a blueprint that calls for a moratorium on new oil sands project approvals and lease sales until six key requirements for responsible development are addressed.

First Nations and Pembina deem the Government of Alberta's Water Management Framework for the Athabasca River a failure. The Framework, officially released yesterday, allows the oil sands industry to withdraw water from the Athabasca River, even when it is at risk of significant ecological impacts due to low water flows.

Management of water withdrawals from the Athabasca River by oil sands mining operations is proving to be a critical test of Alberta Government's commitment to balancing oil sands development with environmental protection.