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Water Matters Develops Blueprint for Albertans to Achieve Their Water For Life Goals

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Alberta's Water Management System Needs Change

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Science-based Management of Alberta’s Rivers Necessary to Prevent Water Shortages and Pollution

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Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

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Canada Unwilling to Protect Fish Habitat, What Else Is Left?

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Drilling Down: Groundwater Risks Imposed by In Situ Oil Sands Development

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Drilling Down: Groundwater Risks Imposed by In Situ Oil Sands Development, released today by Water Matters, provides clear, achievable recommendations for improving groundwater management, assessment and monitoring in the oil sands region.

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Oil sands monitoring steps laid out by Alberta ENGO

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Keys to regaining credibility include establishing baselines, asserting federal leadership, and maintaining scientific independence.

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Matters and others appeal to the EAB to turn down precedent setting transfer on the Bow

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Approval would grant irrigation district power to assign industrial water rights. ENGOs and several individuals file an appeal with the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board.

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ERCB exempts oil sand operators from meeting tailings pond regulations

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Alberta's wetlands policy direction puts thousands of hectares at risk

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Government of Alberta chooses direction away from widely supported no-net-loss policy

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New DFO report highlights the need for strict withdrawal limits on the Athabasca River

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ERCB's noncompliance with oil sands tailings Directive 074 continues

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Water Matters, Pembina and Ecojustice challenge Syncrude tailings plan approvals on basis ERCB not following Directive 074

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CALGARY – The Energy Resources Conservation Board’s approval of Syncrude’s tailings management plan is unlawful and must be revoked immediately, Ecojustice said today. Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, has filed an application with the ERCB requesting approval be withdrawn until management plans are brought in line with ERCB’s tailings management directive. (Full text of the application available here.)

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Pembina and Water Matters React: Noncompliance with tailings directive 074 a growing concern

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CALGARY, ALBERTA — Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, and Joe Obad, associate director of Water Matters, responded to today's announcement that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands tailings plan.

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Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

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Bait and switch application could mean 17,000 cubic meters per day from Alberta's Clearwater river not accounted for in original ERCB approval would be lost to SAGD and chemical processes.

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Water Matters Announces New Executive Director and a Special Advisor on Water Policy

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The Board of the Water Matters Society of Alberta is delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Stark as the new Executive Director and Dr. Bill Donahue as Special Advisor on Water Policy.

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Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules

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One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company.

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Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands – leaked policy document

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A leaked draft wetlands policy appears to betray the finding of a consensus of stakeholders invited by Alberta Environment to develop wetlands policy recommendations.

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Prospect of drought looms: province should protect watersheds

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Report released today highlights the need for better land-use management to address water shortages and reduce water supply and treatment costs

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Only two oil sands operations set to meet rules to deal with liquid tailings

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A comprehensive review of regulatory documents filed with the Alberta government suggests most oil sands mining operations will not comply with a new provincial law designed to limit increases in tailings, the toxic liquid waste produced by oil sands mining operations.

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