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April 17, 2014

Empowering municipalities for environmental management: 
Municipal Government Act Consultations 2014


Municipalities have an important role in protecting and managing Alberta's environment.  Looking at the discussion papers developed in preparation for the Municipal Government Act consultations, it seems that this important municipal role may have been overlooked, so we have requested that the consultation process be expanded to expressly and fully consider the environmental role of municipalities in Alberta.


Read our letter here.

"Earth Day 2014: Green Cities" is just around the corner! 

According to the Earth Day Network, "Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.


It's time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. Join us in calling for a new era of green cities." 


Learn more.

Wellsite ordered reclaimed: In for a penny, now about that pound 


While the recently issued Environmental Protection Order that mandates the reclamation of an abandoned wellsite is a good step for the site (and the landowner)  it also stands as an illustration of how things need to change.  As reported in the Calgary Herald, the well at issue has been the subject of concern since 2006 (and possibly prior).


While we applaud Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development for taking action to clean up an old wellsite, we have to wonder "What about the other 52,830 that litter Alberta's landscape?" 


Read the rest of this post on the ELC blog.

The Effects of AER: Hear Cindy Chiasson at the "Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta" Forum 

As the regulations roll out under Alberta's new single energy regulator, and stakeholders adjust to this new framework, it is essential that everyone working in or advising the oil and gas and energy sectors grasps the new legal landscape.


The Canadian Institute's Forum on Environmental Law & Regulation in Alberta will give you the legal updates and key strategies you need to meet your obligations under the new environmental framework. Hear from Cindy Chiasson, Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre, as she speaks on "The Effects of the AER's Creation on Alberta's Environmental Regulatory System." 

Leah Orr
Communications Coordinator


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