"It is frustrating to see the environment minister promise Albertan's a 'world class' monitoring system for future environmental stewardship and yet stack their advisory committee with the interests of big oil. Albertan's should be outraged by the appointment of Industry interests such as TransCanada Corporation, Tailsman Energy and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on this committee and yet once again we see the marginalization of local people and Indigenous knowledge holders. Environmental monitoring is supposed to protect the environment, not the oil companies."
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Politicians are known the world over for talking out of both sides of their mouths. They often make grand proclamations to win votes, to silence criticism, to placate opposition. Lately in the face of serious criticism from scientists, the federal government has tried to appear tough on the oilsands. But Canadians have yet to see action. The pending decision on whether or not to approve a new open-pit oilsands mine in Alberta provides Canadians with a real-time truth test of government promises.... Read more »
The federally appointed Joint Review Panel conducting the Environmental and National Energy Board review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project released a decision today, January 19, 2011, indicating that the project application was not yet ready for review. The Panel had held hearings in Whitecourt, Alberta, and Kitimat and Prince George, B.C.. After hearing from dozens of First Nations representatives, environmentalists, fishermen, and citizens concerned about the impacts of the construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands oil pipeline and marine terminal, the panel determined that Enbridge had not in fact provided adequate consideration of the project-specific challenges and risks. Enbridge must now provide additional information before assessment of their proposal can go forward.... Read more »
19 January 2011 (EDMONTON)— Environmental groups today launched a new online mapping tool to give new federal Environment Minister Peter Kent a sense of the size and scale of the tar sands by overlaying a map of the mining projects over his home riding to drive home the message that allowing the approval of a new open-pit tar sands mine in Alberta is an irresponsible first move as environment minister.
The mapping tool, similar to the visualization tool environmental groups created after the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, shows the size of Total’s proposed Joslyn tar sands mine along with all current tar sands mine sites and the total leasable area for mining. The default setting is over Kent’s home riding of Thornhill, Ontario. Users can move the footprint of any mine site or the tar sands leasable area to anywhere in the world to get a better sense of the scale of these huge projects.
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EDMONTON — Nearly three months after Premier Ed Stelmach publicly promised to visit Fort Chipewyan, he has take no steps to visit the remote Alberta hamlet.
In late October, Stelmach promised to visit the community where some residents insist they are being poisoned by oilsands contaminants.
He made the promise after a group of university students held a press conference to present him with a round-trip ticket.
Stelmach spokesman Jerry Bellikka said Monday that Stelmach has not yet arranged to fly to Fort Chipewyan in part because he has not been invited.
“We haven’t arranged a visit yet,” he said. “We haven’t been invited.”
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