Atmosphere & Energy
A new report from several environmental organizations says Americans need to learn more about the Alberta oil sands and become less reliant on Alberta's oil. John Bennett, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, takes listeners calls.
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Most Albertans associate tar sands impacts such as land and water contamination and rising health concerns like cancer and respiratory disease rates with Fort McMurray. But Citizens for Responsible Development, a group of concerned farmers and residents in the Fort Saskatchewan area are trying to raise awareness about the tar sands' impacts right here in Edmonton's backyard.
The heartland region covers 300 square kilometres just northeast of Edmonton, and takes in the municipalities of Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Lamont County, the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the City of Edmonton. To many of the residents, the region is quickly becoming known as "cancer alley" as the group's press release puts it, and many fear the situation will only worsen with nine new tar sands upgrader projects and three expansions proposed or approved for this region.
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OTTAWA—The federal and North West Territory governments are disrespecting the Mackenzie Valley Joint Review Panel process by discounting the majority of the recommendations needed to sustainably develop the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, said Sierra Club Canada today.
Of the 115 recommendations aimed towards the federal and Northwest Territories governments, only 10 of the recommendations were fully accepted in an interim report released Monday. The federally appointed Joint Review Panel (JRP) developed a total of 176 recommendations to mitigate environmental damage and socio-economic effects of building and operating the proposed 1,200 kilometre natural gas pipeline.
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OTTAWA— Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada will tell the House of Commons Finance Committee today to remove sections from the budget bill (C-9) that gut Canada’s environmental assessment law. Again this year, the federal government is hiding changes to Canada’s environmental protection laws in the budget to avoid public scrutiny.
“Canada’s environmental assessment law should be publicly debated in the House of Commons Environment Committee, not weakened through quick-and-dirty amendments buried in budget bills,” said Ecojustice lawyer Stephen Hazell. “Parliament is legally required to start a comprehensive review of this law in June, and the Environment Committee should be the body to recommend any changes.”
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OTTAWA—Members of the Climate Action Network-Réseau Action Climat Canada are very pleased to celebrate historic progress in Canadian climate change policy today with the passing of the third reading vote on the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311).
“The passing of the Climate Change Accountability Act is a huge victory for climate change policy in Canada,” said John Bennett of Sierra Club Canada. “The environmental movement has supported this Bill from its inception as one of the strongest piece of climate change legislation in Canadian politics.”... Read more »