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Action Alert: Say no to more Shell tarsands mining by Oct 1st!


Send a letter to Shell outlining your concerns about further tarsands expansion! Check out our new site, Stop Shell Now and follow the links to take action!


Letters are due by October 1st, so take 5 minutes, write a letter, and share this email amongst your friends!

Say No to Shell: Write a letter to Shell about Jackpine expansion by October 1st... Read more »

Action Alert: Report an Oil Spill in your Community!


Landowner and Environmental Groups Launch Pipeline Spill Tipline

Edmonton – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a Pipeline Tipline encouraging people that see pipeline spills to phone the number and report them. The groups came together after continued in-action from the Premier in dealing with the hundreds of oil spills that hit the Province every year...

“We know that the government isn’t looking out for our safety so we are turning to people throughout the province to let the public know what’s really going on,” said Don Bester with the Alberta Surface Rights Group. “Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?”
According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in 2010 there were over 600 spills and leaks from energy related pipelines in Alberta. Two of the last three major spills were undetected by the company but instead, were reported by third parties.
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Action Alert: Petition: Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan


Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.

The Saskatchewan government and nuclear industry – with public and corporate money “laundered” through the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) – plan to build a small nuclear reactor to power extraction of oil from the Alberta Tar Sands.

When elected in 2007, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (his Saskatchewan Party is ideologically tied to Harper’s federal Conservatives) created the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP), chaired by one of the U of S vice-presidents. With industry support from Bruce Power (nuclear reactors) and its majority shareholders, Cameco (uranium mining) and TransCanada Corporation (the Keystone pipeline), the UDP pushed to establish a nuclear program at the University.

Public consultations in 2009 gave a resounding 88% “NO” to this nuclear agenda , but the government/corporate/

university consortium have used the U of S to bypass this overwhelming expression of public opinion. The Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI) was announced in March 2011 with $30 million of Government funding over 7 years. Its first goal is to build a prototype small nuclear reactor on campus. In August 2011 the Government and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd announced another $10 million towards that objective.

Current U of S President MacKinnon and Board of Governors Chair Nancy Hopkins have been deeply involved in this project. Hopkins owns nearly $2 million in Cameco investments and is a paid Cameco director ($175,872 in 2009). MacKinnon accepted an all-expenses-paid trip to Cameco’s northern operations and exclusive lodge in 2009, at the peak of the public debate about the UDP report.

But MacKinnon retires from the U of S on June 30. We must send a clear message to his successor, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, to step off this destructive path.

Brad Wall’s government has starved the University of essential funding – U of S has an accumulated $90 million debt. Existing infrastructure is crumbling. New buildings on campus can’t open. And the $40 million for the CCNI and related nuclear projects won’t help U of S out of this crisis.

The University of Saskatchewan, founded in 1907, was once proudly called “the people’s university” – set in the heartland of the Canadian cooperative movement, home to Tommy Douglas, the greatest Canadian, the father of Medicare. Today the University has become an easy target for corporate takeover and a tool for the nuclear and petroleum industries. But right now we have a chance to stop this from happening.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.

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Action Alert: Sign the petition for an independent review on pipeline safety in Alberta!


Alberta continues to suffer from a rash of oil spills.

Enbridge's pipeline carrying heavy oil sands crude, spilled some 230,000 litres in eastern Alberta on Monday, June 18th. On June 7th, a Plains All American Pipeline spilled up to 480,000 litres into the Red Deer river threatening the drinking water supply of tens of thousands of Alberta. And on May 19th, Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. spilled over 100,000 litres of oil near Rainbow Lake.

Unfortunately pipeline spills are not a rare occurrence in Alberta. In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day. Enough is enough.

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ACTION ALERT: Sign up for the upcoming Shell hearings as an interested party!

Action Deadline: 
Thu, 2012-03-08 02:00

Local residents and aboriginal groups are being given a chance to ask questions and comment on an oilsands expansion north of Fort McMurray. Sign up as an interested party and have your voice heard! You will receive updates on the review process and can provide written submissions detailing your concerns about yet another open pit tar sands mine.

Energy giant Shell Canada Energy plans to increase bitumen production at the Jackpine Mine site by 100,000 bpd, bringing mining production to a total of 300,000 bpd.

The expansion would include space for new mining and processing facilities along the east side of the Athabasca River, approximately 70 km north of Fort McMurray.

Interested individuals and groups are now invited to provide comments and questions to a joint review panel in Ottawa. The panel, which was created to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project, must receive all comments in writing by Aug. 3, in order to be considered. All comments received by the panel will be considered public and will be posted online.


Comments, both in French or English, can be sent by mail, email or fax to:

Joint Review Panel Secretariat

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3... Read more »

Redford: Meet with public groups, not just oil execs!



Over 5,000 people want Premier Redford to meet with public groups and not just oil execs on the pipeline review. Don't you? Please add your name and share!

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Please also share the petition among your networks! The more signatures we can get, the quicker Redford will realize how important it is to meet with public groups over our concerns regarding pipeline safety in Alberta. We need an independent review of pipeline safety!

Sierra Club Prairie has been working alongside now over 60 groups across Alberta to call for an independent pipeline review. We are almost there! We just need your help!

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ACTION ALERT: Stand in Solidarity with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as they serve Shell Canada

Action Deadline: 
Wed, 2011-11-30 02:00

CALGARY - Tomorrow morning join Sierra Club Prairie, Greenpeace and Keepers of the Athabasca as they stand with the Chief and Council of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) while they present Shell executives  with a "gift" regarding unmet agreements made between Shell and the First Nation regarding existing tar sands projects within ACFN traditional territory and Canada’s pristine Athabasca, A UNESCO heritage site.

These agreements were meant to ensure Shell would provide measures to lessen impact of these mines on ACFN, including agreements to address environmental issues and mitigation.  Shell failure to meet these agreements with ACFN has led to harmful impacts on the environment and ACFN’s constitutionally protected rights and culture. Shell is also proposing to massively expand one of these existing projects, and also has plans for a completely new project in an area that is very important to ACFN’s traditional way of life. 

Come Join ACFN as they rally outside of Shell headquarter and deliver Shell their gift!

Wednesday November 30, 2011 - 9:30 am

Serving of Papers

Shell Canada Corporate headquarters

400 4 AVE SW,

Calgary, AB



10:30 am Press Conference

Press Conference

Kahanoff Center

1202 Centre Street South

Calgary, AB


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FUN ALERT: Calgary Screening of White Water Black Gold

Action Deadline: 
Fri, 2011-11-25 02:00

The film, White Water, Black Gold will screen in Calgary at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road N.W.)  on Friday, November 25th

  White Water, Black Gold is a jarring new documentary film on the tar sands following Director David Lavallee as he journeys down the Athabasca River and across western Canada in search of answers about the battle between water and oil. The film follows an imaginary drop of water, and later an imaginary drop of oil, unveiling the threats the tar sands pose to the third largest watershed in the world and two separate oceans. White Water, Black Gold is a film about the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world.

 “Whether it’s a dam breach that could destroy the third largest watershed in the world (the Mackenzie), tailings ponds that are approaching the size of a great lake, or tanker traffic on Canada’s pristine west coast: it’s clear that our country’s water is in trouble,” said David Lavallee, Director of White Water, Black Gold. “Most people do not know that the tar sands impacts actually span half the country.”

 Director David Lavallee worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields for 15 years. He saw profound changes to the mountain landscape as Alberta ramped up growth in the extremely water-intensive tar sands industry downstream. Lavallee’s burning curiosity to find out why took him on a three-year journey across Western Canada that resulted in the production of this film.

 “I wanted to make this film to tell the story of water and how the tar sands are impacting an element essential to all life on this planet,” said Lavallee. “I hope that audiences will listen to the voices in this film, to see the impact the tar sands are having and be moved enough to become advocates for an energy future that does not pose such a great risk to our water resources.

The documentary is narrated by Peter Coyote.

Come out and see a great documentary!!!!

ACTION ALERT: Support Indigenous rights to protect their sacred sites!


Recently members of the Cold Lake First Nation (CLFN) set-up a cultural camp to prevent the construction of an RV park on their traditional territory. The area slated for construction holds tremendous cultural and historical significance for the CLFN. It is locally known as Berry Point and the Denesuline have lived, hunted, fished and gathered food and medicine since time immemorial. The area also contains gravesites, which are of utmost cultural importance to CLFN members.


Although a small campground has existed since the 1950’s, in the past few years the Province of Alberta has commenced operations to expand the existing campground into a larger and more extensively developed campground suitable for large recreational vehicles (RVs). This would include extensive surveying of the area, further removal of natural resources such as trees, plants and wildlife, the creation of a modern road into the area, large gravel pads and paths throughout the park as well as any other number of disturbances which may arise from the expansion. The Province will also impose barriers upon the Denesuline. For instance, fire bans will interfere with smoke houses; gates and fences will physically restrict Denusline access; and payment of fees may be required. Some consultation with the local people was done, but discussions were cut off before any real progress was made and development seems to be continuing without regard to the needs of the Denesuline people.


Members of the Cold Lake First Nation are requesting your support for their concerns!


Please take a moment to send an email and make a phone call to the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Let them know that you respect Cold Lake First Nations right to full consultation for any development project on their territory especially one as culturally significant as this one.



Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Cindy Ady

Phone: (403) 256-8969


Premier Stelmach
Phone: (780) 427-2251


MInister of Aboriginal Affairs

Len Webber... Read more »

Green groups to give Alberta Government ‘World Class’ Award

Action Deadline: 
Sat, 2011-01-29 (All day)

Media Advisory: Green groups to give Alberta Government ‘World Class’ Award

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 (Edmonton)  - Environmental groups will give Stelmach a ‘World Class’ award tomorrow. The award delivery will come just a day after the Provincial and Federal government approved a new open pit tar sands mine, a move that environmental groups claim shows just how hollow government claims to improve the broken regulatory and monitoring process really are. The approval of the mine came only minutes after the announcement of a provincial committee to provide recommendations for a ‘world class’ monitoring system in the tar sands region. The committee has been criticized for the heavy influence of representatives from big oil companies. The award will be presented to the Premier on the front steps of the legislature tomorrow.
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