LNG Canada is undergoing a thorough environmental assessment (EA), as required by federal and provincial legislation. One of the first steps in the environmental assessment (EA) process is to develop Application Information Requirements (AIR), a document that describes the studies, methods, and information that will be required in our future Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. This step includes a 30-day public comment period hosted by the EAO to seek comments on the draft AIR.
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A new working paper produced by a Simon Fraser University researcher reveals that most environmental protesters attempting to block oil pipeline projects, such as those proposed by Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan, aren’t just radicals.
In fact, they are mainly mainstream British Columbians says John Axsen who authored the study. He is an assistant professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) in the Faculty of Environment.
Axsen’s paper, Citizen Acceptance of new fossil fuel infrastructure: Value theory and Canada’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, finds that 54 per cent of British Columbians believe the pipeline project comes with “unacceptable environmental risks.”
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Federal investigation launched at CNRL oilsands site
Environment Canada has launched an investigation into an ongoing industrial spill that has lasted for weeks in Alberta at an oilsands facility about 300 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
Adam Kingsmith | desmog.ca
It’s no secret that the province of Alberta, the government Canada, and the titans of the fossil fuel industry pride themselves on robust regulatory and oversight structures when it comes to the extraction of natural resources….
Yet that’s not the story that the numbers tell.
A comprehensive new study released by the research group Global Forest Watch Canada—Environmental Incidents in Northeastern Alberta’s Bitumen Sands Region, 1996-2012—found 9,262 environmental incidents and 4,063 perceived violations of legislation documented in the tar sands region of northeastern Alberta between the period of 1996 to mid-2012.
The 677-page peer-reviewed study was conceptualised back in 2008, when biologist and environmental consultant Dr. Kevin Timoney—lead author on the study—came across shelves of records in Alberta Environment’s data library in Edmonton that appeared to contain details of breaches of environmental regulations and conditions that hadn’t been publicly released.
When government staff told Timoney certain records were off-limits, he and Peter Lee of Global Forest Watch Canada decided to dig deeper. Yet given the difficulties the two experienced trying to obtain information in the first place, the study ended up being both an examination of environmental incidents and the process of freedom of information.
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The premiers of British Columbia and Alberta have launched a joint plan to expand exports of oil, gas and other resources, laying the groundwork for new pipeline projects to the west coast.
Wrapping up discussions at the Council of the Federation annual retreat of Canada’s 13 premiers, Christy Clark and Alison Redford said they had instructed their senior bureaucrats to start working together on policies to promote the exports and allow their fossil-fuel industries to gain access to new markets in Asia, driving up the prices for their resources.
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Written by Dr. David Suzuki Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:50
Like smokers who put off quitting until their health starts to suffer, we’re learning what happens when bad habits catch up with us. We’re witnessing the terrible effects of fossil fuel addiction every day: frequent, intense storms and floods, extended droughts, rapidly melting Arctic ice, disappearing glaciers, deadly smog and pollution, contaminated waterways and destroyed habitats. Transport accidents are also increasing as governments and industry scramble to get fuels out of the ground and to market as quickly as possible.
Throughout it all, we’re asking the wrong questions….
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CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 18 2013, 8:10 PM EDT
Bitumen from one of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s projects has bubbled up into a nearby body of water at one of its oil sands operations, killing waterfowl, frogs, tadpoles, beavers, shrews, and prompting the Alberta regulator to limit the company’s extraction efforts around Cold Lake….
CNRL’s most recent leak, reported June 24, is unusual because it involves the extraction process, rather than infrastructure or transportation methods.
HUNDREDS of people gathered in George Little Park in downtown Terrace this afternoon with groups singing, dancing and voicing their opposition to Enbridge’s planned $6.5 billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline.
Organized by a coalition of environmental and First Nations groups, the demonstration, which was followed by a march through downtown Terrace, comes one day before a federal panel begins final hearings into the plan to pipe Alberta oil to a marine export terminal at Kitimat.
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By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published May 31, 2013 11:20 am
The province of British Columbia has ended years of speculation, telling a federal review panel that it does not support the Northern Gateway pipeline.
In its final written submission to the review panel, the province recommends the $6-billion project should not be approved as it has been proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge.
In a 99-page submission, the province notes the company has made many commitments to oil spill prevention and response but has not presented any real assurance that it will be able to meet those commitments.
The province says the Northern Gateway is not a typical pipeline.
It will transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta oilsands — a substance that is not well understood and which would have a profound effect in the event of a spill.
The review panel will hear final arguments starting next month, and a final report is due to the federal government by the end of the year.