Pembina Institute

Chris Severson-Baker

Managing Director

Cell: 403-899-7423 • FAX: 403-269-3377

Chris' primary responsibility as managing director is to ensure the Pembina Institute has the right people, resources and internal systems it needs to carry out its strategic plan.

His focus since joining the Institute in 1996 has been on reducing the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas, the oilsands and power generation in Alberta. He is currently a member of the board of Alberta's Clean Air Strategic Alliance and represents the Institute in a variety of multi-stakeholder forums.

Prior to assuming his current position, Chris oversaw the Institute's Policy Group, which undertakes research and advocacy to advance sustainable energy solutions in Canada in the areas of climate change, renewable energy/energy efficiency, oilsands and transportation.

Chris holds a B.Sc. in environmental and conservation science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in environment and management from Royal Roads University.

Chris Severson-Baker is available for speaking engagements through Pembina's Speakers Bureau.

 

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Publications

Published June 22, 2011

By Peggy Holroyd, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg, Benjamin Thibault, Randy Lucas, Chris Severson-Baker, Steve Kennett, James Leaton, Ben Wheeler

This report compares Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulatory regime with the regimes of the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway. The study was initiated by the National Energy Board as part of its Arctic Offshore Drilling Review.

Published June 22, 2011

By Peggy Holroyd, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg, Benjamin Thibault, Randy Lucas, Chris Severson-Baker, Steve Kennett, James Leaton, Ben Wheeler

This document summarizes the key information contained in a report comparing Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulatory regime with the regimes of the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway.

Published March 24, 2011

By Chris Severson-Baker, Pembina Institute

Objection to the application by Maxim Power Corp. for a coal-fired 500 megawatt power generating unit in the Grande Cache area.

Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment (Backgrounder)

Company has legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Published Oct. 27, 2010

By Chris Severson-Baker

This backgrounder describes the opposition to Capital Power's October 2010 bid to remove a legal requirement that it offset 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are released from the Genesee 3 coal power plant.

Taking the Wheel

Correcting the Course of Cumulative Environmental Management in the Athabasca Oilsands

Published Aug. 18, 2008

By Chris Severson-Baker, Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

Recognizing the urgent need for environmental management and the benefits of engaging stakeholders, the Pembina Institute puts forward recommendations for a new multi-stakeholder approach to environmental management in the Athabasca oilsands.

Published June 2, 2006

By Chris Severson-Baker, Marlo Raynolds

Since the announcement of Alberta Environment's "Baseline Water Well Testing Standard" in April 2006, the Pembina Institute has received important feedback from a number of landowners. We wish to make clear our perspective on this standard in light of the comments expressed to us...

Published March 15, 2006

By Dan Woynillowicz, Chris Severson-Baker

Down to the Last Drop is the first in a series of issue papers examining the environmental implications of Canada's oilsands operations. The report authors examine Alberta Environment's recently released plan for managing water withdrawals from the Athabasca River and concludes that it does not protect the river from long-term ecological impacts due to oilsands development.

Oilsands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Canada's Oilsands takes a comprehensive look at the intense development of oilsands occurring in northern Alberta's boreal forest and the environmental consequences. The book concludes with recommendations on how to improve the environmental management of the oilsands.

When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard

A Citizens' Guide, 2nd Edition

This guide provides landowners, tenants and those living near oil and gas developments with the information and tools they need when dealing with the oil and gas industry in Alberta. The completely revised edition has been expanded with sections on coalbed methane development and covers new government regulations.

This report examines trends in three topics related to oil and gas developments in western and northern Canada. It explores whether governments are obtaining maximum revenues from oil and gas resources. It considers the importance of setting aside oil and gas revenues for long-term stability and security. It examines environmental impacts from oil and gas developments.

Published June 1, 2003

By Mary Griffiths, Chris Severson-Baker

Many companies are drilling for coalbed methane (CBM) in Alberta, the province that has Canada's largest oil and gas resources. This report examines the potential environmental impacts of CBM development and recommends ways to reduce them through improved regulation and best practices. A series of questions will help landowners learn more about projects that affect them.

Published Feb. 1, 1999

By Thomas Marr-Laing, Chris Severson-Baker

This position paper, prepared by Energy Watch Program staff, features 16 recommendations for actions that could be taken by government and industry to deal with public concerns about the health and environmental impacts of pollution from the oil and gas industry.

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