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Sierra Club Prairie Submission Against Total Joslyn North Mine Application
The Sierra Club Prairie submission can be downloaded / viewed here
Sustainability Assessment by Stephen Hazell M.Sc. LL.B. can be downloaded / viewed here
An Assessment of Water Quality, Sediment Quality, Benthic Invertebrates, and Hydrology of the Joslyn North Mine Project can be downloaded / viewed here
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The provincial government's open house on its land-use framework for this region was the largest yet in terms of turn-out.
While a variety of concerns were offered by the some 76 members of the general public who attended Wednesday night, protection of the Clearwater River, especially from Nexen Inc.'s water withdrawal application, was one of the more popular topics of conversation.
"I was looking at the comment board afterward and there was a lot of comments about that. They marshalled their forces and made themselves heard. That was good," said Duncan MacDonnell, spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
As for the attendance figures, he added, "That's the largest yet for the process; the most we've had at any one session. It kept going until after 8 p.m., so very popular."... Read more »
We here at the Sierra Club Prairie think that the government's use of the people of Alberta's money to advertise corporate oil business is in both poor taste and unethical. As such, we have reworked the advertisements they are playing as far as Time Square in New York to what they really should be.
They appear to like the catch phrase "Tell It Like It Is", so we will, even if they don't.
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ACTION ALERT - No New Approvals on Tar Sands! – Sierra Club Prairie wants Total’s Joslyn Mine proposal shelved.
French Oil Giant Total has filed a proposal for a new open pit tar sands mine in the tar sands. The area is already plagued with local reports of environmental pollution, treaty rights violations and health problems. Total’s mine proposal threatens to make these issues worse!
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:
- Result in one and a half million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year, equivalent to putting over 270,000 cars on the road.
- Destroy seven thousand hectares of land, equivalent to the 13,000 football fields, with no realistic hope of reclamation of these areas to the same natural state they were in before.
- Result in the production of 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings waste each year, and over the project life amounting to a volume large enough to fill over 100 sports stadiums, without any proven plan to keep these toxic materials from entering the region’s lands and waters.
- Result in the production of 2,740 tonnes of pollution each year that causes acid rain.
- Remove and pollute up to 22 billion litres of fresh water from the Athabasca River each year.
In addition this project has not received the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous people of the region and raises serious concerns with respect to Treaty rights infringements.
Sierra Club Prairie asserts that as many of their members are citizens of Canada who have benefited from Treaties, there is an interest and responsibility to ensure the Canadian & Alberta government’s behaviour is honourable and legal in upholding Section 35 of the Constitution which relates to ‘Aboriginal’ rights.
Call or email or mail a letter to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach!
The Honourable Ed Stelmach
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Bldg
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone Number (780) 427-2251
Fax Number (780) 427-1349
Call or email or mail a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Phone Number (613) 992-4211
Fax Number (613) 941-6900
Write a letter to your local paper.
Canada's rapidly expanding tar sands industry is causing the toxic pollution of its rivers, but the government of Alberta continues to deny there is a problem.... Read more »