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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...

Water transfers require due process 4/21/2010 MEDIA ADVISORY Edmonton, AB, 21 April 2010 – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes...

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...

Who gives a dam about hydro in Alberta? 4/10/2010 Recently the provincial government directed the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to hold an inquiry on the regulatory process for hydroelectric power generation development. The AUC’s April 14th Notice of Inquiry gives a May 7th deadline for submission of...

Now you CEAA- it, now you don’t 4/9/2010 Federal Budget Bill hides major changes in Environmental Assessment Law The federal budget bill tabled on March 29th 2010 includes buried changes to the federal environmental assessment regime.  Bill C-9 is sweeping omnibus legislation, coming in at over 900 pages and 2000 sections. While...

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...