Pembina Institute

Pembina Reacts: Total oilsands panel adjourns hearing

Published Sept. 22, 2010.

CALGARY, AB - Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to yesterday's decision by the Joint Review Panel reviewing the Total Joslyn North Mine to adjourn the hearing in order to deliberate upon a number of important and complex rulings on matters including questions of constitutional law and filings of information.

The Oilsands Environmental Coalition (Pembina Institute, Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and Fort McMurray Environmental Association) had filed a motion arguing the hearing be adjourned.

"We argued the hearing be adjourned because Total failed to assess the cumulative impacts of planned development and therefore has not met the requirements of Canadian environmental law," explained Dyer. "We are pleased the Panel is reviewing the motion. We expect the panel will instruct Total to conduct a proper cumulative impact assessment." 

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Download: A copy of the motion and affidavit.

Contact:

Terra Simieritsch
Policy Analyst, Oilsands Program
The Pembina Institute
Phone: 403-269-3344 ext. 102
Email: terras@pembina.org  

Richard Secord
Counsel to the Oilsands Environmental Coalition
Ackroyd LLP
Cell: 780-932-8946

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