Adjourn Tar Sands Hearings Says Sierra Club Prairie

FORT MCMURRAY, EDMONTON — The Panel reviewing the Total Joslyn North tar sands mine  should adjourn its hearings until a sustainability framework is prepared says Sierra Club Prairie.

“Total’s environmental assessment is completely inadequate, especially the assessment of cumulative effects of the Project” says Sheila Muxlow, director of Sierra Club Prairie .  “We support the adjournment request of the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition and urge the Panel to take some additional time to develop a sustainability framework that protects the ecosystems and communities in the Athabasca Region.”... Read more »

Sierra Club Intervention

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Sierra Club Prairie Submission Against Total Joslyn North Mine Application

The Sierra Club Prairie submission can be downloaded / viewed here

Sustainability Assessment by Stephen Hazell M.Sc. LL.B. can be downloaded / viewed here

An Assessment of Water Quality, Sediment Quality, Benthic Invertebrates, and Hydrology of the Joslyn North Mine Project can be downloaded / viewed here

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Alberta looks to drum up support for oilsands

TORONTO - Alberta's looking for some friends across Canada as it tries to drum up support for its controversial oilsands.

During a stop in Toronto Monday, three prominent Alberta government ministers reminded Ontario it was there for the province when its auto sector was in trouble during the recent recession.

"So I know that if Ontario felt that we were genuinely under attack that there would be that some kind of support," International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Iris Evans said. "I can't imagine why not."

One study shows that over the next 25 years, Alberta's oilsands will generate more than 800,000 person years of work for Ontarians, she said.... Read more »

Greenpeace delivers giant 'rubber stamp'

CALGARY - Greenpeace has delivered a giant ‘rubber stamp’ to the Calgary office of Alberta's energy regulator to mock its high approval rating of oilsands projects.

Greenpeace says the Energy Resources Conservation Board has never turned down a proposal for oilsands mining in northern Alberta.

The rubber stamp is as big as a coffee table and has the word “approved” emblazoned on the bottom and side.

Greenpeace made the delivery on the eve of a board hearing into a proposal by French oil giant Total for a new oilsands mine.

Sierra Club Prairie Intervenes in TOTAL Hearings

Representatives to take part in TOTAL Joslyn North Tar Sands Hearings

EDMONTON  - Two representatives from Sierra Club Prairie will be participating in hearings for TOTAL's proposed Joslyn North Mine Project beginning 21st September 2010 in Fort McMurray AB and finishing up mid-October in Edmonton.

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Prairie, and former Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director Stephen Hazell will both be participating in the hearing, and will be available for media comment throughout, and on site at the hearing for the first and third weeks.

In addition to being available to comment to media, Dustin and Stephen will also be keeping a daily blog at and will twitter updates from  our twitter account 'SCPrairie' about the hearing.... Read more »


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