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Greengroups quit government tar sands group

Posted by mhudema on August 19, 2008

Green groups quit oil sands forum

Protest move made as Industry Minister in U.S. to address concerns about environmental impact

CALGARY AND OTTAWA — Three groups have quit a government-sponsored forum for assessing environmental costs in the oil sands, a move that undercuts government efforts to burnish the image of the massive developments in U.S. markets.

The latest flare-up between the Alberta government and environmental activists came as federal Industry Minister Jim Prentice sought to reassure an international audience that the oil sands are being developed in a responsible way and are critical to U.S. energy security.

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Alberta Should Say No to Upgraders

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Alta shouldn’t approve Edmonton oilsands refineries without greener rules: report

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By: John Cotter, THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta should not approve as many as six more oilsands upgraders near Edmonton until the province has a solid plan to limit the huge amount of fresh water they will use and to better manage the pollution they will produce, a new study says.

The Pembina Institute’s Oilsands Fever report, released on Monday, says nine bitumen upgraders are expected to begin operating just northeast of the capital between 2015 and 2020.

Together they would consume 10 times as much water as the City of Edmonton each year and spew 45 megatonnes of greenhouses gases – the equivalent to an amount produced by 10 million vehicles, the report says.

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Stelmach defends oilsands’ environmental record

Posted by mhudema on January 12, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Alberta is a leader in protecting the environment, premier Ed Stelmach said Thursday, taking exception to a report card from two lobby groups that gave the oilsands industry a failing grade.

Stelmach rejected the conclusions of the report from the Pembina Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. It gave northern Alberta 10 oilsands plants an average mark of 33 per cent, with nine of the 10 projects receiving a failing grade. The industry uses too much water and pumps out too much greenhouse gas, the report said.

“The government of Alberta and all of the oilsands operators work closely to ensure we take a leadership role in environmental technology [and] research,” the premier said in defence of his government’s record. “The kind of technology we do here is something can be applied in many other provinces in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Pembina Institute pointed out that while individual oilsands companies have reduced the intensity of their emissions, overall emissions are increasing as the industry expands.

The province has not set a target date for overall reductions.

Syncrude, one of the largest companies in the oilsands, also slammed the report card in which it tied for last place among the 10 firms surveyed. Syncrude and Synenco Energy scored 18 per cent.

“We obviously don’t agree with their assessment. In fact, we consider ourselves a leader in sustainability in the oilsands industry,” Syncrude spokesman Alain Moore said.

The report ranked Albian’s Muskeg mine the highest, with a 56 per cent grade.

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Canada oil sands projects flunk green test-groups

Posted by mhudema on January 11, 2008

Reuters, Thursday January 10 2008

By Jeffrey Jones
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Canadian oil sands mining projects, seen as a key source of North American energy supply for decades to come, have been given poor environmental marks in a report released on Thursday, with even the best performer barely garnering a passing grade.
Environmental groups Pembina Institute and World Wildlife Fund surveyed 10 Alberta oil sands ventures, including seven yet to start producing, for attention to land, air emissions, water, climate change and overall environmental management.
Authors of the study called on the government to set more stringent limits on water use, emissions and impacts on wildlife and public health.

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