Alberta Grizzlies

Group bars access to Shell sour gas site; says grizzly bears will be affected

A small group has blocked access to a sour gas well site in southwestern Alberta.

The province's Energy Resources Conservation Board approved the Shell project in March and drilling was supposed to start last week in the Castle wilderness area just north of Waterton National Park.

Residents appealed the decision, saying drilling will disrupt core grizzly bear habitat.

Opponents say Shell should wait for the Alberta Court of Appeal to rule on an appeal of the board's approval before it starts drilling.

Shell spokesperson Larry Lalonde says with more than 50 wells and 200 kilometres of pipeline already in the area, the well won't have much of an impact.

He says the company will take action to minimize the project's impact, such as using existing access roads instead of building new ones and moving rare plants to a different area.
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Action Alert: Save Castle Special Place

Action Deadline: 
Mon, 2011-03-14 (All day)
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Alberta parks legislation on hold indefinitely

Controversial Alberta parks legislation put on hold until this spring has now been quietly postponed again, indefinitely.

Environmentalists and legal experts have criticized Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act, for taking away formal legal protections for Alberta parks. They also said it concentrated too much power in the office of the minister.

When the bill was on the verge of being passed in November, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady suspended debate, saying she would review the concerns and introduce the legislation again this spring, with amendments.

"I have continued to listen to the views of Albertans," Ady wrote in an update posted to her department's website on Friday.

"While I had planned to bring park legislation back this spring, I will spend the time needed to address the main concerns raised by Albertans before moving forward with new legislation."... Read more »

Groups ramp up parks campaign as Minister puts off controversial Bill 29

CALGARY -- “More parks now, not Bill 29” is the updated rallying cry of lead groups, such as Sierra Club Canada, in the public campaign that last November successfully got the Stelmach government to stall passage of the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s (TPR) controversial new parks legislation. 

Bill 29 (the Alberta Parks Act) is designed to replace Alberta’s existing parks network and its overarching laws. Late this past Friday (4:54 pm), Minister Cindy Ady emailed an update announcing she won’t be bringing Bill 29 back to the spring sitting of the Legislature. 

In November, within a few of weeks of its introduction in the Legislature, the Stelmach government received more than 2000 personal letters opposing Bill 29 - this despite no one in the public receiving advanced notice or having seen a draft of Bill 29.... Read more »

Albertans & Minister applauded for pulling parks back from brink of disaster

November 25th, 2010 - Edmonton & Calgary:  Sierra Club Canada is thanking Albertans for coming to the rescue of their parks and the Minister for, in the nick of time, hearing citizen’s opposition and withdrawing her proposed new parks legislation.  In a scrum at the Alberta Legislature today, the Minister announced she is withdrawing the controversial Bill 29 and undertaking public consultation on the proposed new legislation for Alberta’s parks network.  That network protects 4% of Alberta.
“We can hear a sigh of relief coming from throughout Alberta and points beyond.” says Dianne Pachal, Alberta WILD Director with Sierra Club Canada.  “The best solution would have been to drop the Bill altogether and focus on what Albertans said was their number one priority – establish more parks... Read more »

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