Atmosphere & Energy
Negotiating the Climate Change Web: A Community Vision is an innovative gathering, bringing together Nova Scotian stakeholders - including government, NGOs and the public - to discuss the interrelationships between trade, environment, society and climate change. It is about engaging the abilities and experience of community members to strive toward true sustainability by conceiving recommendations and goals applicable to issues being addressed in the G8 and G20 meetings.... Read more »
By Isabelle Gingras; photo by Vicky Brock - The National Energy Board can issue licenses to offshore drilling projects in Canada that comply with both the Environmental Assessment Act as well as Canada’s Oil and Gas Operations Act. After issuing a license, The National Energy Board is responsible for monitoring off-shore activities through audits and inspections. These look for adequate worker safety measures, environment safety, and resource conservation plans that meet the acts’ obligations. The NEB started administering COGOA in 1991 or so. Since that time (actually since December 1989) there has been only one offshore drilling program in the non-Accord Frontier offshore (and that was in 2005). NEB has conducted several inspections on that project.
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As part of an effort to better inform the people about just what an enhanced public policy on green energy sources could do for the economy, two environmental groups have come together to tour Alberta.
Greenpeace and the prairie chapter of the Sierra Club have teamed up in hopes that a better informed public will get them to go to the Alberta government and press them to implement a green energy strategy.
The tour, which began last week and stopped in Fort Saskatchewan last Thursday, featured speakers that focused on energy, jobs and the benefit to the province's economy of a shift toward greener energy choices.
Sheryle Carlson with the Sierra Club focused most of her attention on the environmental argument for implementing a green energy strategy.
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EDMONTON — Wayne Groot says his potato farm in Sturgeon County is now surrounded by about 4,000 hectares of prime agricultural land owned by energy companies.
It's not the vision Groot's family had when they purchased the property three decades ago and moved from their previous Edmonton-area farm.
"My dad bought a farm out here 30 years ago ... thinking we could live out here for two or three generations," Groot said Saturday to a busload of environmental activists and other visitors touring the area northeast of Edmonton known as Alberta's Industrial Heartland.
"There are basically no houses left in this whole block, because we're one of the few families who didn't sell."
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The Sierra Club of Canada believes a relief well should have been drilled simultaneously with the well that is gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
British Petroleum says it could be August before the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico can be successfully capped.
"It should have been part of the plan all along, we really should be drilling relief wells in these situations, especially as we start to talk about Canada's arctic and Canada's offshore. We're going to have to require them to simultaneously drill so that they can't be drilling a well, without a relief well. This would mean it would take a couple of days or weeks to fix instead of a couple of months as a result of an accident like this." according to John Bennet with Sierra Club of Canada.
Government estimates say that between 68 million litres and 150 million litres have been dumped into the Gulf.