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Cabinet approves the Northern Gateway project 6/24/2014 Late last year, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its decision on the Northern Gateway Project and recommended approval of the project subject to 209 conditions (see here for our summary of that decision). While the NEB conducted the public hearing and issued a...

Wellsite ordered reclaimed: in for a penny, now about that pound? 4/3/2014 While the recently issued Environmental Protection Order that mandates the reclamation of an abandoned wellsite is a good step for the site (and the landowner)  it also stands as an illustration of how things need to change. ...

Reclaiming Tomorrow Today (Slides) 2/19/2014 Alberta has a significant number of suspended and abandoned well sites which represent ongoing environmental and fiscal liabilities.  To minimize these liabilities abandonment and reclamation of well sites and related infrastructure needs to occur in a timely fashion.  Unless we promote timelier...

Second regional plan poses challenge for the Land Use Framework 11/6/2013 The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (Draft SSRP) is a work in progress that must do more if it is to advance the Alberta Land Use Framework (LUF). This is the acid test. The South Saskatchewan is the most...

“There’s no God-given right to mud-boggers” 5/17/2013 It’s May “two-four”:  begin the bush parties, litter, trucks in the river. . .  the real Fubar.  I wish I could find last year’s Sustainable Resource Development blog post about the perennial rotting couches. There will be liquor bans, fire bans, trail closures,...

The story of Caribou policy in action, or is that inaction 1/29/2013 A recent story of a road being built in the Little Smokey Caribou range reflects the provincial government’s narrative of the demise of a species.  It reflects a disconnect between policy and action, both federally and provincially,...