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Everyone DUCK! 10/29/2010 The notion that tailings pond duck deaths should be trivialized because of how many birds die through other means is getting under my skin. (On occasion I read comments associated with online media, which I have to admit is the source of this frustration.) Duck...

Gravel can be the pits! (Slides and handbook) 9/23/2010 Are you dealing with an Aggregate resources project in your community? Want to know more about what your options are? On September 22nd Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre, presented information about how Aggregate is regulated...

Muddy Water II: Syncrude Ducks The Issue 4/30/2010 The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted....

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010 The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the ‘ducks in tailings pond’ case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest...

Alberta Auditor General looks at managing Alberta’s water supply – compliance, wetland policy under scrutiny 4/27/2010 Last week, when local media were distracted with cell phone driving proposals, the Auditor General of Alberta released a comprehensive review of Alberta Environment’s management of the province’s water supply. The Alberta Auditor General...

Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II (Slides and video) 4/16/2010 If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change. The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example: How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market? Will international climate...

Syncrude muddies the waters 3/4/2010 It’s “like” unconstitutional.  On March 1, 2010, trial began for the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailing pond at the Syncrude Aurora mine north of Fort McMurray.  Syncrude had filed notice of constitutional questions, and while it opened by attacking the...

Syncrude in court for tailings pond incident 3/1/2010 By Jessica Earle ctvedmonton.ca On Monday afternoon, lawyers made opening statements in what’s expected to be a lengthy trial looking into the role Canada’s largest single-source oil producer played in the deaths of 1,600 ducks. Syncrude entered a not guilty plea to...