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Effectively engaging the local community is a critical first step in any development project, especially for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, as CCS is relatively new and unknown to most stakeholders.
A summary of how Alberta’s key climate policy, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation, currently functions and can be improved going forward.
An analysis of federal financial support for the oil sector, looking at both economic benefits and how they are countered by environmental impacts.
The results and summary of April 2014 opinion research on British Columbians' opinions of climate change and clean energy.
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
This report, jointly published by Equiterre and the Pembina Institute, examines how the rapid pace of oilsands development is creating economic risks and regional disparities that could have long-term implications for Canadian prosperity.
This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, including compliance with provincial regulations.
This report a number of metrics of oilsands production on a per-barrel basis, including land disturbance, air emissions, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and tailings production.
In 2011 the Pembina Institute released Solving the Puzzle — our report outlining 19 policy solutions for responsible oilsands development. Here we evaluate progress to 2013 on implementing the solutions presented in that report.
Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) is due for renewal in 2014, and the Government of Alberta is currently considering revisions to the regulation. A stronger SGER would help Alberta reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance social license to operate for sectors, such as the oilsands, that face continued scrutiny of environmental performance.
This briefing note outlines the Pembina Institute's perspective on how Alberta needs to strengthen its greenhouse gas regulations.
Carbon pricing is increasingly being implemented around the world as policymakers seek to drive innovation and cut greenhouse gas emissions at lowest cost. In this report, we explore the details of these systems in Alberta, British Columbia, California, Australia, Norway, and the European Union.
This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production.
This backgrounder features new analysis showing that producing enough bitumen to fill the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and inhibit Canada’s ability to meet its climate targets.
A joint federal and provincial review panel will conduct hearings this fall into a proposal to expand Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine. The Pembina Institute is opposing the project as a member of the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC), which includes the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and is represented by Ecojustice.
The Pembina Institute's concerns about the proposed Jackpine mine expansion include impacts to wildlife, wetlands and forests, air quality, acid deposition, water use and climate change.
Pembina Institute assesses how the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan delivers on key issues of concern relating to water, air and land impacts. We’ve evaluated the final LARP against the solutions presented in our Solving the Puzzle report (released in 2011) noting three categories: Substantial Progress, Work in Progress, Lack of Progress.
This report looks at 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.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation fuel policy The European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive and implications for Canadian oilsands producers
This backgrounder explains the details of a proposed European Union fuel-quality directive and outlines the potential implications for Canada’s oilsands sector and overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels.
Pipeline and Tanker Trouble The impact to British Columbia's communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport
This report highlights the environmental risks associated with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry more than half a million barrels of raw oilsands crude oil (known as bitumen) daily across important salmon-bearing rivers, coastal rainforests, and sensitive marine waters in British Columbia.
Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management Two decades of ineffective policies have left their mark on the Canadian landscape
Filling the proposed KXL pipeline with oilsands will result in nearly a 50 per cent increase in oilsands production. Until environmental management of the oilsands is improved, KXL will cause significant environmental harm due to increased oilsands production.
These briefing materials provide a summary on the impact of oilsands development on land, species at risk, First Nations, water and tailings and greenhouse gases.
Oilsands and climate change How Canada's oilsands are standing in the way of effective climate action
The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline issued by the U.S. Department of State overlooked key information and context on greenhouse gas emission management in Canada.
This fact sheet and briefing note aim to supplement the dialogue by providing key information on oilsands emissions growth, future oilsands intensity improvements, and the climate policies in effect in Canada at the provincial and federal levels.
The Oilsands Performance Metrics Summary Report summarizes input on audiences and design principles from 60 thought leaders who attended the Oilsands Metrics Thought Leader Forum on May 3, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta.
Canada's oilsands contain the world's largest remaining deposit of oil that is still open to investment by western oil companies. As such, the oilsands are crucial to the long-term financial future of many of the world's leading oil companies. Yet the economics of oilsands extraction, even at today's relatively high prices, are fairly marginal, and a lack of disclosure by companies may be making the financial picture look better than it actually is.
Pembina Institute's feedback on the draft Lower Athabasca Integrated Regional Plan.
Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations.
This document outlines the core elements of a strong climate change and energy electoral platform. Throughout the federal campaign, the Pembina Institute will be assessing parties' climate change and energy commitments using the criteria outlined in this document, which are drawn from our research and analysis on these topics.
Submission to the advisory panel charged with developing a world-class monitoring system for the oilsands in Alberta.
This briefing note draws from a recent Pembina Institute analysis of the likelihood of near term opportunities for oilsands exports from Canada to Asia via the West Coast.
This backgrounder provides a general overview of life cycle assessment and examines the various analyses of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions conducted to date, and concludes with a recommended checklist for performing a robust life cycle assessment of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions to inform public policy decisions.
Slideshow: Pipeline to Nowhere? Uncertainties and unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline
This slideshow presents highlights of the report Pipeline to Nowhere?, which addresses several unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
Pipeline to Nowhere? Uncertainty and unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline
This report addresses several unanswered questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to Environment Canada, requesting correspondence on the subect of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to the Foreign Affairs department, requesting correspondence on the subject of Section 526 of the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act — a little known U.S. law, which is intended to reduce the U.S. federal government's reliance on high-carbon fuels.
Duty Calls: Federal responsibility in Canada's oilsands outlines the laws mandating federal involvement in environmental management of the oilsands, and explores what's at stake if Ottawa continues to neglect this responsibility.
Canadian Aboriginal Concerns With Oilsands A compilation of key issues, resolutions and legal activities
Aboriginal communities have been raising concerns about the impacts of oilsands development on their communities and their legal rights for a number of years. Increasingly, these concerns are manifesting themselves as formal resolutions and legal challenges. This briefing note outlines their key concerns, shares their commentary and provides an overview of resolutions and legal issues.
The pace and scale of oilsands mining continues to increase in Alberta despite a poor understanding of the environmental liabilities: reclamation costs associated with cleaning up the environmental impacts created from mining. In Toxic Liability, the Pembina Institute has compiled the first public estimate of these liabilities, and it looks like Albertans could be left on the hook for the lion's share ($10 to $15 billion) of the cleanup bill.
The Oilsands Environmental Coalition filed a submission calling on the Joint Review Panel to reject Total E&P Canada's Joslyn North Mine Project application.
Bridging the Gulf Changing the way Ontarians commute will cut oil demand, protect the environment and save money
Bridging the Gulf highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ongoing ecological impacts from oilsands development. It focuses exclusively on personal transportation — how Ontarians get around every day — and presents five key actions to reduce oil demand based on policy changes that are already underway in the province.
This briefing note outlines key information about greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oilsands today and in the future. Recent attention to the issue of greenhouse gases in Canada and the U.S. prompted the Pembina Institute to outline key issues in more detail.
Northern Lifeblood (fact sheet) Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from the Risks of Oilsands Development
This fact sheet, Northern Lifeblood — Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from the Risks of Oilsands Development, provides an overview of threats to the Mackenzie River Basin and actions that leaders in the North can take to protect their waters.
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