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The ESAA Weekly News is a free electronic newsletter that delivers information on upcoming ESAA and industry events, regulatory updates, environmental news and announcements for the environment industry in Alberta. The newsletter is delivered approximately every week, via e-mail with a link to a PDF document.

ESAA Weekly News – Week ending June 11th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services Protecting creeks and streams along the Eastern Slopes Tripling the funding to Cows and Fish will help protect creeks and streams on the Eastern Slopes.   Environment and Parks is providing the Cows and Fish program with $1 million in 2021-22 to support projects and initiatives that protect creeks and streams along Alberta’s

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending June 4th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services Alberta Company, directors plead guilty to environmental charges A Calgary-based company and the directors of two other companies have been sentenced after each pleaded guilty to charges under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The charges relate to an April 2017 incident in which excavated fill contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a hazardous substance,

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 28th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services Abandoned oil and gas wells will be cleaned up despite backlog: Alberta regulator (Source: Red Deer Avocate) EDMONTON — There’s lots of life in Alberta’s conventional oil industry and plenty of resources and political will to clean up the mess it leaves behind, says the head of the province’s energy regulator. “Will there

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 21st, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services Alberta Jobs Now Program The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses support much-needed jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans across the province and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers will be able to apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 14th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services   Alberta government knew bighorn sheep were contaminated with coal mine selenium, scientist says   (Source: Globe and Mail) Some herds of Alberta’s provincial animal are heavily contaminated with selenium from old coal mines, says research from a retired senior government biologist. Jeff Kneteman said Alberta Environment has known about the problem in

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 7th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services     Alberta: Financial deposits for reclamation work under review Alberta’s government is reviewing the Mine Financial Security Program to ensure appropriate funds are being collected to cover reclamation liabilities and ensure continuous program improvement. The Mine Financial Security Program (MFSP) is one of many liability management programs that ensure Alberta’s energy resources

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 30th, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services    ESAA’s Role in The Alberta Site Rehabilitation Program It has been a year since the federal and provincial governments announced a $1 billion program to clean-up inactive wells in Alberta. The goals of the program (which are being managed by Alberta Energy) were to immediately get Alberta’s specialized oil and gas labour

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 23rd, 2021

This issue sponsored by: THINK Envirotechnical Services   Suncor pleads guilty to chemical release Suncor Energy Products Partnership Produits Suncor Energie, S.E.N.C. has pleaded guilty to one count under environmental legislation related to a release of hydrogen sulphide gas at one of its facilities. The incident took place on July 18, 2018, at the Edmonton Oil Refinery. It involved a

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 16th, 2021

  AER: Changes To Well Spacing Requirements Well spacing refers to the number of wells in a given surface area. Historically, well spacing was prescribed based on production type and area to ensure that resource conservation was maximized. Those prescriptions were developed in the context of vertical wells targeting conventional pools. As development has moved more and more to horizontal

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 9th, 2021

ESAA Announces 2021 Board of Directors The Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Board of Directors: President – Stacy Thygesen – JSK Consulting Vice–President – Rob Traynor – SLR Consulting Treasurer – Karen Schmidt – Osprey Scientific Secretary – Darrell Haight – Trace Associates Director – Tyler Barkhouse – Dillon Consulting Director – Darren

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 2nd, 2021

Engaging with Albertans on a modern coal policy Alberta has appointed an independent committee to lead a comprehensive public engagement to inform the development of a modern coal policy. The Coal Policy Committee, comprised of Albertans with various backgrounds and perspectives, has been established to ensure all Albertans will have an opportunity to contribute to how the province will manage

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ESAA Weekly News – Week ending March 26th, 2021

Supreme Court rules Ottawa’s carbon tax is constitutional (Source: CBC News)  In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the federal Liberal government’s carbon pricing regime is constitutional — a major decision that allows Ottawa to push ahead with its ambitious plan to ensure every province and territory has a price on carbon to curb greenhouse gas

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