According to leaked documents, the Government of Canada is using trade threats to halt fuel standard regulations from affecting Canada’s tar sands industry.
“The powerful oil lobby has the Canadian Government doing its dirty work again,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Canada should be developing a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work with the European Union to create a binding international agreement, not threatening trade sanctions to protect the interests of multinational oil companies.”
Mark Dittrick is the conservation chairman for the Atlantic Canada chapter of the Sierra Club and has been in Maine because of offshore wind legislation. He said that he came to Thorndike because he has been paying attention to Maine wind ordinances.
Canadian communities also are paying attention to setbacks for wind turbines.
“There’s a lot of stuff happening with Atlantic Canada with wind,” Dittrick said.
It’s true Canada is the only industrialized country without a national plan to deploy renewable energy (Budget 'Walks Away' From Renewable Energy, Environmentalist Says – March 11). There was, however, a far greater environmental outrage in last week’s federal budget. Future energy projects will no longer be assessed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Instead, environmental assessments will be undertaken by either the National Energy Board or the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. ... Read more »
CALGARY - The federal energy watchdog has suggested streamlining conditions for the proposed Mackenzie natural gas pipeline, a move raising the ire of environmental groups.
The National Energy Board proposed modifying 85 of 176 recommendations issued late December by a joint review panel on the social and environmental impacts of the Arctic pipeline.
"In the (National Energy Board's) view, some recommendations fall within the jurisdiction of other regulatory authorities," stated a letter to the panel, released late Tuesday. "Conditions imposed by the NEB in such cases could conflict with existing and future regulatory processes. Therefore, the (board) is considering not including such recommendations."... Read more »
“We are disappointed and dismayed that the National Energy Board has brusquely dismissed four years’ work by the Joint Review Panel in its proposed conditions,” said Sheila Muxlow, acting director of Sierra Club Prairie. “The NEB is essentially rejecting the Joint Review Panel’s focus on ensuring economic and ecological sustainability, and the need to examine the cumulative effects of the basin-opening Mackenzie Gas Project”