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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...

An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report 1/21/2014   The proposed Northern Gateway Project (the “Project”) consists of two pipelines and a marine terminal. The pipelines are anticipated to follow a 1 km wide route from Bruderheim in northern Alberta to Kitimat in northern B.C. covering over...

Is the federal government protecting Canada’s national heritage? Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 11/20/2013   Earlier this month, the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was released.   This Report is the first issued since the departure of Scott...

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,...

Optimistic policy is not what Woodland Caribou need 10/10/2012   The federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population, in Canada was posted recently and the outlook remains bleak for Alberta’s caribou herds. The focus of much of much of the Recovery Strategy is rightly on...

ELC comments on Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou (Rangifer terandus caribou) Boreal Population, In Canada [Proposed] 2/24/2012   Click here to read ELC comments on Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou (Rangifer terandus caribou) Boreal Population, In Canada [Proposed].   ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental...

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan: Conservation areas mean something 9/2/2011   A Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan has barely been public for a week and already the criticisms sound familiar: Conservation areas are based more on low value energy resources than high value wildlife habitat. Even then existing energy leases can be renewed. ...

The one-two punch for Alberta’s Caribou 9/2/2011   Within the past 7 days the federal and provincial governments published documents that may result in Alberta’s Woodland Caribou going down for the count.   These documents include the proposed federal Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and the Draft Lower Athabasca Regional...

Court wonders why some caribou herds need not survive 8/4/2011   A recent decision of the Federal Court has resulted in the setting aside of the federal Minister of Environment’s decision not to recommend to the Governor in Council that an emergency protection order be issued under the Species at Risk...