Week ending July 28th, 2023

AER: New Edition of Directive 065

On April 25, 2023, the Government of Alberta delegated to the AER the oversight of monitoring, measurement, and verification (MMV) plans, closure plans, and closure certificates for carbon capture, utilization, and storage activities in the province.

We have amended references to and submission requirements for MMV and closure plan submissions in sections 2.1.4 and 4.1.7 of Directive 065: Resources Applications for Oil and Gas Reservoirs. The principles and objectives for industry regarding monitoring, measurement, and verification plans for carbon dioxide sequestration projects are included in appendix P. We will receive, review, and decide whether to approve the MMV and closure plans, and issue closure certificates, as part of the Directive 065 application process.

The revised edition of Directive 065 is available on our website at aer.ca > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Directives. If you have any questions, contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 1-855-297-8311 or by email at [email protected].


AER: Cold Lake Birds Incident

On July 24, 2023, Imperial Oil reported to the EDGE call centre a release of an estimated 900 litres of crude oil into a process water lagoon at their Mahihkan plant, located about 30 km north west from Cold Lake. It was subsequently observed that a flock of 12 Canada Geese had become stained due to landing and swimming in the impacted lagoon.

The oil release was due to an operational upset that was immediately addressed. The recovery of oil from the lagoon is ongoing. Additional wildlife deterrents (wildlife cannons and flagging) have been deployed around the lagoon, and the site is under 24 hour surveillance by Imperial. Containment booms have been deployed to prevent the release from spreading further within the lagoon.

All 12 birds have been removed from the lagoon and taken to a specialist site for cleaning and rehabilitation.

To oversee Imperial’s response to this incident, field Inspectors from the AER were onsite on Monday 24 July. Another visit took place, collaboratively with Environment and Climate Change Canada, on Tuesday 25 July. The AER has directed Imperial to provide daily updates with respects to the release clean up, preventative measures taken to ensure no further adverse impacts to wildlife occur, and to ensure that Imperial meets all AER expectations. The AER continues to monitor the situation.

Imperial and the AER has provided notification to communities in the area.


Alberta filed 1st ever charges against a carbon offset firm. Here’s why they may not be the last

Carbon offsets are bought and sold under a trading system with governments putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions to compel companies to fight climate change. 

Since 2007, Alberta has run a mandatory carbon offset system for large emitters, such as oil and gas companies, landfills and food processing firms. If they produce more than their allotted levels of carbon dioxide, they must purchase credits to offset those emissions. The credits are generated by companies that reduce emissions by doing things like building wind farms or installing solar panels. To ensure accuracy, the credits are verified by third-party auditors. The Alberta litigation centres on the role of one of these third-party verifiers.

With Alberta and Canada betting big on carbon offsets as a tool to tackle global warming, the case spotlights the difficulties in verifying whether emission reductions are legitimate.

“These are the first charges before the courts related to the Emissions Management and Climate Resilience Act,” Tom McMillan, director of communications for Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, said of Alberta’s carbon trading system, which he said is the longest running in North America.

In 2020 alone, large emitters in Alberta made $548 million in compliance payments under Alberta’s offset rules, McMillan said.

He noted that the federal government and other provinces are basing their systems for carbon trading on Alberta’s approach, meaning the legal action has ramifications far beyond the oil-rich province. 

Carbon offsets are billed as a necessary tool for climate action. But decades of projects have failed to reduce emissions. With a new Canadian system in the works, we ask what’s the problem with offsets and how can we make them work?

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of fraud or irregularities in Alberta’s carbon offset trading system, said Janetta McKenzie, acting director of the oil and gas team at the Pembina Institute, a non-profit research group focused on clean energy.

“But it’s crucial that those systems are producing good data, that we are tracking those offsets, and that they are additional and verifiable,” she said.

With carbon markets being “very complex” and “kind of opaque,” having transparent practices for verifying offsets is crucial to reduce climate change, said McKenzie, who broadly supports the strategy. 

Alberta Environment and Protected Areas filed 25 charges against Amberg Corp., an environmental services company, and Olga Kiiker for not following environmental legislation, according to a June 23 statement.

The charges, filed at the Alberta Court of Justice in Calgary, include providing false information, providing functions of a third-party assurance provider without the required qualifications and breaching other rules related to auditing and verifying carbon offsets, according to court records.

The next court date is set for July 19, according to a statement from Alberta’s Environment Ministry. None of the charges have been proven in court. 

Amberg didn’t respond to phone calls seeking comment. The company’s website no longer functions and emails to executives bounced back. 

The company provides verification services similar to an auditing firm reviewing a company’s financial statements, but for carbon emissions. 

Put simply, if a business claims it has created 10 tonnes of carbon offsets, for example by building a wind farm or reducing fertilizer use on farms, someone needs to verify whether those offsets are legitimate and can be sold into the broader market. 

Those auditors play a crucial role in the carbon offset regulation system to ensure that “credit generation is accurate,” McMillan said.

If a verification firm is producing fraudulent or inaccurate data on emissions reductions, as the province alleges Amberg has done, then the whole carbon trading system is undermined. 

Currently, the price of a tonne of carbon dioxide in Alberta is $65. That will more than double by 2030 to $170 per tonne, as part of an agreement between the province and federal government.

Supporters of carbon offsets believe companies are more likely to adopt conservation measures or new technologies to reduce their pollution if a price is put on emissions.

The World Meteorological Organization says El Niño is upon us. The naturally occurring phenomenon is colliding with an already warming planet and could help make 2023 the hottest year on record, meteorologists say.

Critics say carbon trading allows consumers and companies to feel like they’re making a difference, but does little to actually address global warming.

Canadian jurisdictions run several different carbon trading systems, including the mandatory reductions compliance system in Alberta, voluntary carbon offsets — such as when an individual purchases carbon credits after taking a long-distance flight — and a system of carbon trading involving Quebec and California. 

A federal offset system was launched last year, a spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Canada said, and its first offset credits are likely to become available in 2024.

Graham Gilchrist works on the front lines of the carbon offset trading industry. Based in Leduc, Alta., he’s an agronomist, an expert in the science of soil management and crop production, who advises farmers on how to reduce emissions in order to generate carbon credits which they can sell.

For instance, he works with ranchers to switch up what they feed their cows. Different bovine diets can lead to fewer cow burps, Gilchrist said, meaning they release less climate-changing methane gas over their lifespan. 

An intensive data project at Olds College is using a unique set up to measure soil gases in fields with different levels of fertilizer with the hopes that farmers can reduce their carbon footprint without reducing crops.

His non-profit group, Biological Carbon Canada, has another project that involves adjusting how fertilizer is applied, ensuring more of the nitrogen farmers use on fields ends up directly in the soil, rather than in the atmosphere contributing to climate change. 

Farmers who implement these projects and have them verified as scientifically sound by an independent third party auditor can generate carbon offsets which are then sold to large polluters. Ideally, this puts money back in the pockets of rural residents and reduces overall pollution in the process. 

Since 2007, Gilchrist estimates farmers in Alberta have received about $180 million for selling emissions credits to middle men, known as aggregators, who then sell them to industrial polluters.

The charges against Amberg, a company responsible for verifying the legitimacy of carbon credits, spotlight a broader problem in Canadian carbon trading systems, Gilchrist said. 

Though he doesn’t like the idea of more “red tape” for farmers, the agronomist does want to see a federal regulator responsible for guaranteeing the quality of offsets rather than leaving it to third-party auditors.

Ideally, this would mean national standardization, so buying a credit for one tonne of carbon anywhere in the country would come with a “made in Canada” stamp, showing that the emission reductions have been properly vetted. 

Authorities in Alberta, normally skittish about federal regulation of the energy sector, seem to back that perspective. 

“As the federal government and other jurisdictions implement regulations and programs that require third party assurance, they will also have to provide [oversight] to ensure that those assurances can be relied upon,” said Alberta Environment’s McMillan.


Government of Canada invests in youth employment and skills in STEM-related fields

The growing clean technology sector presents a tremendous opportunity for the Government of Canada to support the creation of meaningful jobs for young Canadians and stream them for success in tomorrow’s clean economy.

Today, the Honourable Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, was joined by scientific and engineering employer BioTalent Canada to announce the launch of 581 scientific research jobs for young Canadian post-secondary graduates, now open for applications through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.

Through the program, four companies—BioTalent Canada, Clean Foundation, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and ECO Canada—have been chosen to place post-secondary graduates in internship positions in environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across Canada for 2023–25. In partnering with the Government of Canada, they will match 581 young graduates with employers, providing the graduates with invaluable experience and an opportunity to actively work in their area of specialized knowledge, while hiring organizations will benefit from their new energy, ideas, and approaches.

Up to $25,000 in Science Horizons Youth Internship Program funding is available to employers for wage subsidies and up to $5,000 in funding for supporting services, such as skills development and training for each intern they hire. Interns will gain experience working in the environmental and clean technology sectors for 6 to 12 months. Both the employer and intern must meet eligibility requirements to receive the wage subsidy.

Youth aged 15–30 who have graduated from a post-secondary institution are eligible to become interns under this program, especially those who may be facing complex employment barriers. Interested graduates are invited to visit the website to find more information on the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program, as well as on how to apply to become an intern with one of the four delivery organizations.

By creating opportunities across Canada, the Government of Canada is empowering a new generation of young scientists to build their careers in their specialized fields, while also increasing the country’s research and innovation capacity. Both are crucial as Canada transitions to a net-zero economy that is strong and inclusive for all.

Quick facts

  • The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program has been in place for more than 25 years and has delivered over 8,000 internship opportunities in Canada. The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is delivered with the help of independent, third-party organizations.

  • The delivery organizations were selected by Environment and Climate Change Canada after a call for proposals. For the 2023–25 cycle, these organizations are:

  • Science Horizons funding is part of a $301.4 million investment under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. In 2023–24, Science Horizons is receiving $18.6 million to provide job placements to young people facing employment barriers.

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Government of Canada delivers on key climate commitment to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies

The Government of Canada is committed to investing in a strong, sustainable economic future that will deliver good, middle‑class jobs, clean air, and energy security for generations to come.

Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, released the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Self‑Review Assessment Framework and the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Guidelines, which were jointly developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Finance Canada. Eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and redoubling our focus on clean energy is a key step in building Canada’s net-zero economy by 2050 and supporting good-paying jobs for Canadians for generations to come.

The Assessment Framework and Guidelines support the decarbonization of Canada’s oil and gas sector and support a strong future for workers in the industry while making real progress to fight climate change. The Government of Canada’s commitment to eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies signals both greater support for clean technology as well as emission reductions across the economy from traditional sectors. This will help create and secure middle‑class jobs from coast to coast to coast while protecting the environment. From support for the Come By Chance biodiesel refinery in Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Enerkem biomethanization plant in Varennes, Quebec, to the Oneida battery storage project in Ontario and Indigenous-led solar projects in Alberta, clean energy investments mean good jobs and clean air.

The Assessment Framework builds on Canada’s commitment under the 2021 Glasgow statement to end new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector. Putting the Assessment Framework and Guidelines into force will ensure any government supports for the sector will not delay the transition to renewables, are in compliance with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 °C, and account for the availability of credible alternative energy sources.

The Assessment Framework—the first transparently published methodology worldwide—will be used to determine which tax and non-tax measures constitute an inefficient fossil fuel subsidy. Subsidies will be considered inefficient unless they meet one or more of the following six criteria:

  1. Enable significant net greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Canada or internationally in alignment with article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
  2. Support clean energy, clean technology, or renewable energy.
  3. Provide essential energy service to a remote community.
  4. Provide short-term support for emergency response.
  5. Support Indigenous economic participation in fossil fuel activities.
  6. Support abated production processes, such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), or projects that have a credible plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.

The Guidelines become effective today and apply to all federal departments and agencies.

Canada is also committed to phasing out public financing of the fossil fuel sector. This refers to financing beyond the scope of today’s fossil fuel subsidies commitment. The Government’s work will identify current public financing by 2024 and announce by fall 2024 the implementation plan to phase out public financing of the fossil fuel sector.

Canada is the only G20 country to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies ahead of the 2025 deadline. We are the first country to release a rigorous analytical guide that both fulfills our commitment and transparently supports action. By eliminating inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, the Government of Canada is enabling greater support for clean technology, clean growth, and accelerated efforts to decarbonize important Canadian industries, including the oil and gas sector, which continues to play an important role in the Canadian economy.

Quick facts

  • Cutting pollution in our communities is good for our climate, economy, health, and well‑being. It will also help Canadians reduce the impacts of climate change that are already costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars every year.

  • The Guidelines can be updated at any point to better reflect new policy developments and enable increased stringency and may be formally reviewed periodically.

  • The Guidelines will provide a standardized methodology to ensure future government support is aligned with Canada’s climate and energy priorities and would preclude project funding within discretionary programs that do not align with the Assessment Framework.

  • As Ministers Guilbeault and Wilkinson announced at the April 2023 G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy, and Environment in Japan, Canada, along with other G7 members, committed to accelerate the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels in combustion applications and called on other non-G7 countries to do the same, consistent with Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan and the need to apply large-scale decarbonizing technologies and practices to achieve net zero. Canada also secured an agreement among partner nations to report back by the end of the year on the progress to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and international fossil fuel finance

  • In Budget 2023, the government announced new investments in jobs and growth as part of its $120 billion clean economy plan, including new investment tax credits to support clean electricity, clean technology manufacturing, clean hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.


Hamilton pleads guilty, pays record water fine over ‘sewergate’ creek spill

It marks the largest fine ever for a single offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act, as reported by the CBC.

In addition to the fine, Hamilton will pay the Royal Botanical Gardens $364,500 for damages incurred as a result of the discharges, as well as a $525,000 Victim Fine Surcharge for a total of $2.9 million, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The discharge occurred due to a bypass gate unintentionally left open at a combined sewage overflow (CSO) tank. Hamilton officials estimated that approximately 24 billion litres of combined sewage leaked from 2014 to 2018 into Chedoke Creek, which outlets at the south shore of Cootes Paradise Marsh, part of a nature reserve owned and managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens.


“In this matter, the city failed in its duty to the people of Hamilton, both in protecting our natural environment and in its subsequent handling of the situation. As I’ve said before, there was too much secrecy in this case and not enough disclosure,” announced Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath, in a statement following the city’s guilty plea to the spill charges.

Following the discovery of the extended overflow incident, Hamilton officials significantly delayed sharing their findings with the public until The Hamilton Spectator published a report about the spill event. The lack of transparency led to local media dubbing the incident “Sewergate”. 

Just last week, Hamilton began its long-awaited targeted hydraulic dredging of Chedoke Creek to improve its condition. The dredging work is expected to take approximately three-and-a-half months to complete. The work comes as a result of several orders from the province, including offsetting measures for Cootes Paradise. Ministry orders can be viewed here.

The Chedoke Creek saga has been ongoing for years. Soon after the discovery of the problem, Hamilton officials implemented an enhanced public notification protocol for bypasses at its wastewater treatment plant as well as CSO locations. Throughout Hamilton there are 14 monitored CSO outfall locations. The tanks for these locations hold more than 314,000 cubic metres of diluted wastewater. 


Landslides and uncertainty: As Nunavik’s permafrost thaws, locals and researchers focus on adaptation

Camping in the rainy and foggy community of Salluit last weekend, Michael Cameron saw yet another mudslide.

A lifelong resident of the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, he’s used to witnessing landslides over the past few decades as his town of about 1,600 slowly warms.

“It’s all got to do with the Earth actually warming up,” Cameron said. “Even if it’s 0.2 of a degree. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a lot up here.”

“Like today, right now we’re at 17 C. In normal times, [it’s] usually around 11 C to 15 C.”

Cameron says those changing temperatures, causing winters to be shorter and summers longer in Nunavik, is also thawing the permafrost — the thick layer of ground that remains below 0 C year round for at least two years.

Due to the thaw, Cameron says the community has experienced two landslides just this year.

“It was a little surprising,” said Cameron. “It’s almost like an avalanche. You see where the top soil slid and you see the bottom layer which is practically clay.”

The Uumajuit warden co-ordinator for Nunavik under the Kativik Regional Government, Cameron says these events pose serious challenges to the community built on frozen ground.

It’s why he’s one of the locals working with Université Laval and the Research Chair for Permafrost Geomorphology in Nunavik as they study the ground with the goal of helping communities adapt to changes.


Of the 14 Inuit communities in Nunavik, only one — Kuujjuarapik — doesn’t have permafrost within its municipality, said Pascale Roy-Léveillée, who holds the Partnership Research Chair on Permafrost Geomorphology in Nunavik.

Leading a multidisciplinary team, as the scientific director and an associate professor in the department of geography at Université Laval, she says the province just announced an additional $600,000 in funding to allow her team to continue its research in Nunavik for the next two years.

Essential to the work is the team’s collaboration with locals.

“The communities have clearly expressed that they want to not just help plan the project, they want to be out and they want to see what we see and they want to go where we go. And they really want to participate [not just] in the monitoring, but also in the research,” said Roy-Léveillée.

Of particular concern to communities is how the permafrost thaw could limit access to land, hunting and fishing — and even render homes unstable.

“It impacts people very strongly because it’s an important part of their identity and traditional life, their cultural identity,” said Roy-Léveillée.

“We had people showing up in scientific conferences and standing up and saying ‘We need people to come and help us right now because we don’t know what’s going to happen.’ People can’t sleep and they’re worried everything’s going to fall down the hill.”


The permafrost in northern Quebec is no longer as permanent as it once was. Thawing ground means concerns for infrastructure and for Inuit who see their traditional way of life in peril. Guest host Kim Garritty spoke to Pascale Roy-Léveillée, who holds the Partnership Research Chair in Permafrost Geomorphology in Nunavik.

That’s the case for some people in Salluit, located in the far north along the Hudson Strait, said Cameron.

“Every year we see the shifting of the houses, including my own,” he said.

“When the thaw comes, the ground is heaving a little. So we see cracks forming at certain sections within the house and in the late fall, when the ground is freezing again, the building shifts again.”

He says these cracks are only a few millimetres wide but visible in the walls and ceiling.

“You do get worried at times, especially in some of the new development areas,” said Cameron.

“There’s a duplex that I know in particular with two families … The ground shifted and they have major cracks.”

Since the 80s, he says the town has constructed homes elevated off the ground on blocks to allow for airflow and prevent homes from heating the soil.

With the shifting ground, he says some units have had to be relocated, as was the case in 1998 after a major landslide.

“There were already 18 residential units in that particular neighbourhood. Those had to be moved, the power disconnected and whatnot, and lifted onto a flatbed trailer,” said Cameron.

“We’re a small community, so we knew everyone. We even had family that were in that location that had to be relocated. … It was a little stressful during that time because it was something new that hit us.”

Some communities are more affected than others because of geology, says Michel Allard, professor emeritus in the department of geography at Université Laval.

He’s been working in Nunavik since 1979, spending most of his career studying geomorphology — especially permafrost.

As the permafrost melts in colder regions, he says ice wedges underground melt, creating “little lakes” under the soil. To stabilize people’s homes, he says new approaches need to be implemented — and soon.

“What we’re proposing to do, it’s a two-way approach,” said Allard.

He says this proposal would see communities use the land differently and sit buildings on bedrock.

“Bedrock has been avoided for construction because it’s sloping and so we are proposing now that we drive piles into the rock and we put the buildings on the piles,” said Allard.

He said the posts could be placed five to 10 metres down and he is working on a report proposing each community be equipped with drills — especially as the thawing of permafrost accelerates.

“Nobody has really started to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Allard.

“We see some shifting already, but the problem will increase in the 2030s and 2040s. And then all the models predict that starting in the 2040s and 2050s and going to the end of the century the permafrost thaw will be accelerating.”

He says this means communities have 10-30 years “at the most” to adopt adaptation measures.

The collaboration with researchers like Allard makes Cameron optimistic about the future.

“If we’re working together we can mitigate and minimize a lot of potential risks to the community,” said Cameron.


Cheaper for industry to meet methane reduction targets than to pay carbon tax on emissions: study

(Source: CBC News) New research using the latest figures for Canada’s methane emissions concludes it would be much cheaper for the energy industry to meet reduction targets for the potent greenhouse gas than it would be to pay carbon taxes on it.

“The federal government’s target for 75 per cent reduction is achievable,” said Kris Chapman of Dunsky Energy and Climate Advisors, a Montreal-based consultancy hired by the environmental group Environmental Defence.

Chapman said Canada’s oil and gas industry could meet Ottawa’s goal of a 75 per cent reduction in methane emissions by 2030 for the equivalent of about $11 per tonne of carbon.

The current federal carbon tax is $65 a tonne, although methane is shielded from that tax under some provincial climate change regimes.

Those calculations are based on recent studies that suggest official figures for methane release are significant underestimates. A series of published papers has concluded the methane releases inventoried by the federal government from industry reports are far too low.

Those concerns are echoed in a report this year from the auditor general’s office.

“Several Canadian scientific studies suggest that total emissions are under-reported in the national inventory and that the distribution of emissions is likely inaccurate,” it says.

Chapman said the Dunsky paper multiplies methane emissions in Canada’s national inventory by 1.7 to achieve a more likely estimate of what’s actually being released into the atmosphere.

“We’re pretty confident that 1.7 is representative of reality.”

Dunsky’s cost estimate is close to that of the International Energy Agency. Earlier this year, that body estimated that methane equivalent to about 30,000 tonnes of carbon could be eliminated from the Canadian oilpatch — roughly what it would take to meet the federal goal — for $13 a tonne or less.

As well, the Pembina Institute, an Alberta-based clean-energy think tank, released a 2021 report concluding Canada could reduce methane emissions by 80 per cent from 2012 levels for less than $25 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.

The Dunsky paper comes as the federal government prepares a new set of regulations for methane, a greenhouse gas up to 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Its conclusions should encourage Ottawa to set strict standards, said Ari Pottens of Environmental Defence.

“We’re looking for the regulations to be as ambitious as the proposed framework was,” he said.

Environmental Defence wants the rules to ban venting and flaring of methane from oil and gas sites. It wants regular and frequent inspections to ensure compliance and bans on certain types of equipment prone to leak.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Dunsky report.

However, industry has committed to reducing emissions by 45 per cent by 2025. Alberta’s 2021 progress report found methane releases from oil and gas fell about 44 per cent between 2014 and 2021, although that figure is based on official emission estimates.

If we’re able to cut back on methane emissions now, we’re actually buying ourselves time later to address some of the tougher climate issues.​​​​​​

Pottens said it makes sense for government and industry to go hard after methane.

The effort is cost-effective, he said, and can result in a more saleable product for natural gas producers. But because methane affects climate so strongly at first and then gradually fades, tackling it presents an opportunity.

“If we’re able to cut back on methane emissions now, we’re actually buying ourselves time later to address some of the tougher climate issues.”



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AiM Land Services

15 Sunpark Plaza SE, #6227
Calgary, AB T2X 0M5
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One way is through providing opportunities for youth with a focus on those with an interest in aviation. We provide work experience for high school students and scholarship opportunities for college students. This allows us to help young people discover potential job avenues within the aviation industry, an endeavor we are passionate about.

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Ernco Environmental has been providing environmental, geotechnical & exploration drilling services to Western Canada since early 2008. Ernco has grown to become one of the most trusted, reliable and reputable companies in the industry. We have earned this status as a direct result of growing up with a heightened level of safety awareness and professional standards. We instill this culture into each and every one of our valued employees. 

Our diverse fleet of equipment allows us to meet all of our client’s needs.  In addition to drilling, we also provide a number of other services from daylighting to excavations.  

We are very passionate about giving our clients a great experience from start to finish.  It is everyone’s goal at Ernco to make sure the work gets done safely, efficiently and at a reasonable cost.  We sincerely appreciate our amazing client relationships and look forward to creating many new ones.


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7:30 am – 5:00 pm
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Fairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW, Calgary

PFAS, PFOS and other forever chemicals are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time.  These chemicals are now everywhere in the environment (soil, water and blood streams of people and animals).  Remediation and management of PFAS-contaminated sites are very challenging and complex, and the removal of PFAS from the broader environment is not currently possible.

This one day symposium will feature 3 panel discussions each focussing on a different aspect of this growing issue.  

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