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Sept. 5, 2014 Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada New report analyzes rapid transit investment in Canada’s five largest cities
Toronto has fallen behind Canada’s other major cities in terms of rapid transit infrastructure, according to a report reviewing the state of transit investment in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
Aug. 14, 2014 Pembina reacts to Alberta report on oilsands air pollution Government of Alberta report shows many air quality trigger levels near the oilsands have been exceeded
Amin Asadollahi, oilsands program director at the Pembina Institute, comments in response to the release of a Status of Management Response report for the Lower Athabasca Region, which shows evidence that air quality triggers in northeastern Alberta have been exceeded.
Statement in response to a technical review released by the Alberta Energy Regulator, looking at the causes of bitumen flowing to the surface at Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Primrose oilsands facility.
June 2, 2014 Pembina reacts to U.S. plan to cut pollution from power plants U.S. action in sharp contrast with Canada’s ongoing failure to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas sector
Simon Dyer, senior spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, responds to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from coal-fired power plants.
May 28, 2014 Alberta has the “Power to Change” its reliance on coal: report New analysis finds renewable electricity ultimately cheaper than over-reliance on fossil fuels
Within 20 years, Alberta has the potential to drastically reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuels for power generation and replace it with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy, according to a new report released today by Clean Energy Canada and the Pembina Institute.
New poll results show that 76 per cent of Albertans support the Government of Alberta requiring stronger greenhouse gas performance regulations for industrial facilities.
April 16, 2014 Pembina reacts to Alberta Energy Regulator's response to recommendations from the Peace River oilsands emissions hearing
Statement related to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s announcement that it would deliver on all recommendations made in response to a public investigation into emissions from oilsands development in the Peace River region.
March 6, 2014 Pembina reacts to CNRL's application to resume oilsands operations while bitumen continues to leak near Cold Lake, Alberta
Erin Flanagan, Analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today in response to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) application to resume steaming operations near areas experiencing on-going bitumen-emulsion releases.
Feb. 6, 2014 Energy East: new report assesses pipeline's climate impact Proposed west-to-east pipeline would have major environmental ramifications
The proposed Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the first public estimate of the west-to-east pipeline’s upstream climate impact.
Dec. 19, 2013 Pembina reacts to review panel recommendation on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline
Pembina Institute response to the joint review panel’s recommendation for approval, with conditions, of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
Dec. 13, 2013 Pembina reacts to creation of Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy in Alberta Province the first in Canada to establish cabinet role specific to renewables
The Pembina Institute welcomes Premier Redford’s creation of the role of Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the appointment of Donna Kennedy-Glans to the position.
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, responds to the release of the federal government’s decision statement for the Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion project.
Nov. 13, 2013 Oilsands boom brings economic risks: report Governments should do more to mitigate risks and regional disparities associated with rapid oilsands
The rapid pace of oilsands development is creating economic risks and regional disparities that need to be addressed, according to a new report released today by the Pembina Institute and Équiterre.
Oct. 2, 2013 Court rules Alberta improperly excluded Pembina Institute from oilsands regulatory process
Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has quashed a government decision not to allow the Pembina Institute and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed oilsands project.
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, responds to Auditor General Merwan Saher's commitment to undertake an audit of pipeline safety.
Sept. 10, 2013 Pembina reacts to the release of the Alberta Wetland Policy
Jennifer Grant, oilsands program director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today concerning the release of the Alberta Wetland Policy.
Sept. 5, 2013 Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings Government documents show precedent of province blocking Pembina’s participation in oilsands hearing
The Pembina Institute was in court today appealing a Government of Alberta decision not to allow the energy policy think tank to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project, arguing the government broke provincial rules for public participation in the review of energy projects.
July 26, 2013 Albertans file few complaints about wind power: study
Albertans file very few complaints about wind power projects once those projects are operating, a new study by the Pembina Institute has found.
April 29, 2013 Progress update shows little change, two years after road map to responsible oilsands development released
Two years after the Pembina Institute outlined 19 steps toward responsible oilsands development in a report entitled Solving the Puzzle, very little progress has been made on the recommended policy improvements, according to an update released by the Institute today.
March 26, 2013 New report shows health and climate impacts from coal power cost Alberta millions Health and environment groups urge Alberta to go beyond weak federal rules for climate pollution from coal power and to implement a provincial renewable energy policy
The health impact costs associated with burning coal for electricity in Alberta are close to $300 million annually according to a new report released today by a coalition of Canadian health and environmental groups.
March 25, 2013 Groups to release groundbreaking report on the health and climate costs of coal power in Alberta Press Conference: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9am MST
A coalition of health and environmental groups will be announcing the results of a collaborative effort to quantify the health and climate costs associated with burning coal for electricity in Alberta — the first study of its kind in the province. Policy recommendations will be made following a presentation of the findings.
Feb. 25, 2013 New report shows path to better oilsands, climate accountability for Alberta and Canada
As Canada faces increasing scrutiny of the weak climate change policy for oilsands development, a new report illustrates how the Alberta and federal governments can better manage those emissions and improve the country’s international reputation.
Nov. 21, 2012 Environmental groups, First Nations join in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45 Massive bill before Parliament further undermines Canadian democracy and environment, groups say in open letter
First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians today issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill, C-45, as the proposed legislation enters final rounds of debate in Parliament this week.
The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC) — comprised of the Pembina Institute, the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and represented by Ecojustice — will present evidence this week that clearly demonstrates that the Shell Jackpine mine expansion is not in the public interest.
With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.
Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the release of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.
After missing a mandatory legal deadline to submit a draft recovery strategy for woodland caribou by four years, the federal government has also failed to produce a final recovery strategy for woodland caribou on time.
July 16, 2012 Pembina reacts to oilsands monitoring update
Jennifer Grant, oilsands program director with Pembina Institute, made this statement in response to the joint Canada-Alberta update on oilsands monitoring.
This week the Pembina Institute is bringing Heidi Eijgel, an Alberta landowner with close to a decade of experience living next to wind turbines, on a speaking tour in Southern Ontario.
June 19, 2012 Pembina reacts to passage of Bill C-38
Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government's passage of Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill:
June 14, 2012 New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada Pembina Institute study outlines pollution from coal-fired power in run up to Environment Canada’s pending coal regulations
Canada’s “cheap” coal power carries considerable hidden costs.
May 30, 2012 New report presents solutions to manage economic downsides of oilsands development Pembina Institute analysis identifies significant challenges for the Canadian economy if impacts of the oilsands boom are left unaddressed
In the Shadow of the Boom: How oilsands development is reshaping Canada’s economy reviews the extent to which oilsands production and exports are affecting Canada’s economy, and explores the longer-term economic implications of increased reliance on oilsands expansion to support economic growth and generate public revenue.
April 26, 2012 Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed
Chris Severson-Baker, Managing Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to TransAlta’s announcement that the Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed.
The Pembina Institute comments on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects.
Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, will be available for interviews Tuesday, March 20, following his testimony at a U.S. Energy and Power subcommittee hearing on the future of energy technology with an emphasis on Canadian oilsands.
Feb. 23, 2012 Groups take environment minister to Federal Court over failure to protect woodland caribou, again
The fight to save woodland caribou herds threatened by oilsands development in northeastern Alberta is headed to Federal Court for the second time. Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, filed an application in the Federal Court today, seeking a court order to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to recommend emergency protection for the caribou and the habitat they need in order to survive.
Feb. 3, 2012 Pembina reacts to new joint oilsands monitoring plan
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute’s oilsands program, comments on the new joint Canada-Alberta implementation plan for oilsands monitoring.
Jan. 25, 2012 Groups ask Federal Court to force Environment Minister’s hand on caribou Six months have passed since minister told to reconsider emergency protection of caribou in oilsands region
Environment Minister Peter Kent’s failure to reconsider emergency protection for woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta has prompted environmental groups to ask for the Federal Court’s help.
In the most comprehensive assessment of Alberta’s climate change policies to date, a new report by the Pembina Institute concludes that Alberta’s current approach will deliver less than one third of the greenhouse gas reductions the Government of Alberta has committed to, but strengthening current policies could enable the province to meet its climate targets.
Responsible Action? An assessment of Alberta’s greenhouse gas policies provides a detailed evaluation of current regulations and financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and identifies key opportunities for the Government of Alberta to strengthen its approach to climate change.
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