ESAA Weekly News – Week ending September 3rd, 2021

Free, open access to Alberta environmental enforcement files

Alberta’s government is helping everyday Albertans by  launching a new web-based service to provide Albertans with free and direct access to environmental enforcement history records.

The Environmental Historical Enforcement Search will be available through the Alberta government website at

Previously, searches were completed for a fee by the  Environmental Law Centre (ELC), which offered this service to Albertans since 1996. Now, with the support of ELC, thousands of people who request document searches annually will be connected to the new site.  

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is helping everyday Albertans by reducing regulatory burden and red tape for businesses, saving job creators both time and money.

Quick facts

  • In 2020, there were 4,238 search requests completed. In 2019, there were 5,549 search requests completed.
  • Albertans who typically access environmental enforcement history records include realtors, lawyers, educational institutions, financial institutions, members of the media and members of the public.
  • The search fee cost was $75 per enforcement action search.
  • The web-based service will reduce red tape by allowing the public to access information for free without having to go through a third party, aligning with government’s commitment to reduce costs and make services more accessible for Albertans.
  • Enforcement action records include Environmental Regulatory Service of Alberta Environment and Parks under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and its predecessor legislation, including the Hazardous Chemicals Act, Agriculture Chemicals Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, dating back to 1971, and/or pursuant to the Water Act from 1999 onward.
  • As of July 1, Alberta’s government has completed more than 400 red tape reduction initiatives removing more than 112,000 regulatory requirements for an overall reduction of almost 17 per cent.
  • Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a plan to breathe new life into Alberta’s economy and create new opportunities for every Albertan. It’s a plan to build, to diversify, and to create jobs.


Coal mining in North Saskatchewan River watershed poses a risk to water quality, aquatic life in Edmonton, city study finds

(Source: Edmonton Journal) Coal mining near the North Saskatchewan River could negatively affect water quality and the health of aquatic life in Edmonton, city officials say, calling on the province to address these concerns.

A risk assessment of upstream coal mining in the river watershed, conducted by Epcor and presented to council’s utility committee Friday morning, found the risk to aquatic life would be medium-low and impact to drinking water would be low as a result of minerals entering into the headwaters during surface mining.

But in the case of a rare event, such as a dam failure, there would be an extreme impact in the downstream water quality, the risk assessment found.

This type of event is of grave concern if coal mining would be permitted, Ward 4 Coun. Aaron Paquette said, as the river is Edmonton’s sole source of drinking water. Currently, five per cent of the area feeding the river upstream of Edmonton, covering 1,500 square kilometres, have coal leases in place but any work has been suspended during the provincial government’s review of the 1976 coal policy. The policy was rescinded last year but reinstated in February following a slew of concerns.

To address the risks associated with coal mining, utility committee members asked Mayor Don Iveson to write a letter to the province on behalf of council in an effort to protect the river.

“There are vast numbers of our public who are deeply concerned about maintaining literally this river of life that runs through our province and beautiful city,” Paquette said during Friday’s meeting. “This is a responsibility that I don’t think any of us take lightly, and we understand and are concerned along with our public.”

A committee formed by the province is working to develop a modern policy to determine the future of coal mining, with that report due in November. Before the pause on mining projects in parts of the southern Rocky Mountains and foothills was put into effect in April, there were six permits in place allowing coal exploration and drilling. The city met with the committee in July to discuss its concerns and will also be submitting the risk assessment findings.

Christopher Smith, parks co-ordinator for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta Chapter, called on the City of Edmonton to join other Alberta municipalities in fighting for a coal restriction policy to prohibit any additional coal exploration along the eastern coast of the mountains. As one of the largest municipalities in the province, Smith said Edmonton should take a stand against coal mining in line with the city’s climate change goals.

“We want our water to be clean now and well into the future,” Smith said. “Edmonton, as a major city centre downstream of multiple coal interests, has a responsibility to weigh in  on this conversation.”

The utility committee also asked city staff to report back with a status update on the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan and how it can be used to protect water quality and biodiversity within Edmonton boundaries.

There is about 28,000 square kilometres of land upstream of Edmonton that drains into the river watershed.


Wheatley explosion could be ‘tip of iceberg’ in Ontario given number of abandoned wells: expert

(Source: CBC News) An explosion in Wheatley, Ont., believed to be caused by an abandoned gas well is the extreme example of what can happen if such wells are not properly plugged, according to an expert hydrogeologist who has researched oil and gas wells in southwestern Ontario.

“It can happen anywhere in southwestern Ontario,” said Dick Jackson, an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, who last year gave a presentation at a national geological convention about the dangers of the province’s abandoned wells.

Seven people were sent to hospital and two buildings were destroyed in Wheatley when an explosion rocked the downtown core last Thursday, just over an hour after high readings of hydrogen sulphide were recorded.

The town of 3,000, located about 65 kilometres southeast of Windsor, Ont., had experienced three previous gas leaks in the area in recent months.


Darrin Canniff told CBC News that he’s hoping the Ontario government ‘steps up.’ 1:33

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff pleaded for the Ontario government to “step up” and take the lead on the investigation in the days following the explosion.

CBC has made several calls and email requests for an interview with Greg Rickford, minister of northern development, mines, natural resources and forestry. On Wednesday, his press secretary would only say in an email that, “the minister is unavailable for an interview today. I will keep you apprised of new information as it becomes available.”

CBC News spoke with Jackson to get a sense of how many abandoned wells there are in the province and what kind of risk they might pose for other communities. 

How many abandoned gas and oil wells are in Ontario?

“In Ontario, the province knows within 200 metres where 27,000 of these oil and gas wells are. About 3,000 are active, the other 24,000 are abandoned,” said Jackson. “There are about 3,000 where we probably don’t know where they are.”

He found three recorded wells in Wheatley through the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Library, which collects and publicly posts details of wells in Ontario using provincial records. 

“But their location wasn’t known within an area of 200 metres. Very uncertain. Clearly the town got built after these wells got built,” he said. 

The recorded wells include:

  • An abandoned private gas well marked at Talbot Road East and Erie Street North, which records show was drilled in 1896 and plugged in 1965.
  • An abandoned private gas well marked between Chestnut Street and Moor Street, which records show was drilled in 1897 and plugged in 1965.
  • A private gas well marked near Little Street North and Elm Street, which does not include any details about its operating status or when it was drilled. 

A fourth well sits just outside Wheatley’s core:

  • An abandoned natural gas well marked near Julian Street and Eastman Avenue, which records show was plugged in 2015 but there were no details on when it was drilled.

How are these wells plugged?

Anyone can access information on known wells through the Ontario Oil, Gas and Salt Resource Library.

The well that records estimate is closest to the Wheatley blast site, at Talbot Road East and Erie Street North, was plugged with cement and gravel, according to records.

Jackson said plugging practices were “very primitive” before the 1970s.

“It was a poorly understood technology. They would put tree trunks down them. Cement. Gravel. And they would pound lead in,” said Jackson.

“Once we plug and abandon these wells, we figure they’re not going to leak. But some of them will. No question about that.”

Why are leaks so hard to find?

Jackson said the issue is twofold: eroding well casings and cement plugs create opportunities for the sites to leak, and the removal of those casings for other projects makes the sites hard to find.

“You’re getting breakthrough of this deep gas coming from these depleted oil fields,” said Jackson.

He said even though an oil reservoir might have been depleted through decades of pumping, it will slowly re-pressurize over time.

Finding these wells has become difficult, he said, because it was popular practice to remove the top sections of the casings in order to repurpose them for ships during the Second World War.

Removing the surface casing makes it extremely difficult to detect the abandoned wells. 

“There’s no magnetic signal that your geophysicist can hit. Then trying to re-plug them becomes horrendously expensive,” said Jackson. 

“The problem in a town like Wheatley is you got so much steel around the town in piping that the geophysicist isn’t going to be able to figure out what’s an old abandoned oil well and what’s a new piece of steel piping going to a gas station.”

Residents of the small town of Wheatley, Ont., are afraid a persistent gas leak might cause another explosion, a day after a huge blast destroyed part of its downtown. Locals are exasperated with the situation that has gone unsolved for months. 2:46

Where does the toxic gas come from?

The deterioration of the well casings open up pathways for methane gas trapped below the surface to mix with gypsum rock, creating the toxic and sometimes-deadly hydrogen sulphide gas. 

“If you drilled 100 years ago, by now, those casings are rotted out. You’re getting gas moving up from the basin,” said Jackson.

Methane dissolves the gypsum, releasing sulphate, which the methane then reduces into hydrogen sulphide. 

“It’s like a big chemical reactor,” said Jackson.

Who is responsible for these abandoned wells?

The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for Ontario’s abandoned wells, but according to Jackson, the province is in no position to do the plugging work with speed. 

“Under something called the abandoned works program, if you can satisfy the criteria of the abandoned works program and you float to the top of their hazardous criteria list, you will get your well plugged,” said Jackson. 

“But don’t hold your breath.”

He said the ministry has a duty of care when it comes to abandoned wells in Ontario.

“They are depleted in expertise and they are depleted in funding, I believe,” said Jackson, noting the most experienced people have retired in the last decade. 

“I don’t think the Ford government has really put a lot of money in the abandoned works program.” 

Jackson added, however, that funding is important because what happened in Wheatley could be the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to issues with abandoned wells.

Costs of plugging up a well difficult to predict 

Plugging abandoned wells is difficult, Jackson said, because of the toxic chemicals that can be found after years of neglect. 

He recently asked a group that works in the industry for an estimate to plug an abandoned well for a project he’s consulting on. “I got numbers from $30,000 to $200,000 per well.… We just don’t know [the scale],” said Jackson.

Jackson said the work in Wheatley is “not going to be cheap.” 

“They’re going to spend a million or two by the time they’ve found that well and essentially plugged it and figured out what they’re going to do to prevent any of these other wells around Wheatley from leaking,” he said.

“It’s an enormous job. It’s a legacy problem.”


Environmental Law Centre calls for independent review of proposed B.C. petrochemical, plastics complex

(Source: CBC News) Lawyers at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre are calling for an independent assessment of three proposed petrochemical and plastics facilities in Prince George, B.C., that they say pose “profound risks to the global environment.” 

The request filed with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman asks him to refer West Coast Olefins’ proposals for Prince George to an independent panel of experts that can assess the project in its entirety. 

UVic Environmental Law Centre legal director Calvin Sandborn said he’s optimistic Heyman will agree with the filing “because it would be irrational to proceed with the largest project in Prince George history without an independent panel conducting public hearings.”

Calgary-based West Coast Olefins Ltd. has been quietly forging ahead with their plans for the $5.6 billion complex, putting together proposals for review by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the Environmental Assessment process. 

The company’s website says an investment decision on the project will be made in 2022 and that the Environmental Assessment is in the early stages of determining the scope of information the company will be required to provide.

A diagram of West Coast Olefins’s interconnected plants proposed for Prince George. The first would recover propane, butane and natural gas condensate (known as natural gas liquids or NGLs) from an existing gas pipeline then process NGLs into separate feed stocks. The second ethylene plant would process recovered ethane for use in a third plant to manufacture polyethylene, or plastic, products. (West Coast Olefins Ltd. )

The project is proposed for a site within city limits. The complex would include natural gas liquids extraction and separation plants, an ethylene plant, and a third-party-owned polyethylene plant which would make plastics for primarily Asian markets. As outlined by the company, the three plants feed into each other. 

Annie Booth is a University of Northern B.C. professor and organizer with a citizen’s group opposed to the project, Too Close 2 Home. She says the assessments currently underway will not account for the cumulative or long-term impacts of all three facilities. Too Close 2 Home reached out to the Environmental Law Centre in March 2021 after years of raising the alarm over these proposals.

The filing, submitted Aug. 25, states the proposed complex, when considered together and in context, would entrench demand for products made from petrochemicals, making it impossible to address the current climate change emergency. Other points of concern are its impact on Prince George’s already polluted airshed, water and fish, and the social impact of work camps during construction.

West Coast Olefins declined to comment. In the past, CEO Ken James has promised that the facility could create 1,000 permanent jobs at a time when lumbers mills are shutting down or curtailing operations.

Booth is concerned that short-term gains in the job market may be offset by subsequent recruitment challenges. She fears students and workers might not want to move to Prince George, or stay, if they must contend with heavy industry on their doorsteps and increasingly polluted air and water. 

The project is also facing opposition from the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose unceded territory includes the proposed construction site.

In a press release earlier this month, Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan said, “I want the federal government, the B.C. government, and our local government partners to be clear in our position… [West Coast Olefins] is not welcome in our territory and on our unceded ancestral lands.”

A spokesperson for the City of Prince George said they aim to “facilitate a welcoming business climate” but their involvement at this time is limited. Council will review the proposals if they are successful in gaining approval from B.C. Oil and Gas, the Environmental Assessment Office and the Agricultural Land Commission. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George also declined to comment.



Remediation Technology News and Resource

(The following are selected items from the US EPA’s Tech Direct –

Upcoming Live Internet Seminars

ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation (VIM-1), Sessions 1 and 2 – September 14 and 28, 2021, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). When certain contaminants or hazardous substances are released into the soil or groundwater, they may volatilize into soil gas. Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when these vapors migrate up into overlying buildings and contaminate indoor air. ITRC has previously released guidance documents focused on VI, including the “Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A Practical Guidance” (VI-1, 2007) and “Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management” (PVI, 2014). However, ITRC has received multiple requests for additional details and training on mitigation strategies for addressing this exposure pathway. The ITRC Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Team (VIMT) created ten fact sheets, 16 technology information sheets, and 4 checklists with the goal of assisting regulators during review of vapor intrusion mitigation systems, and helping contractors understand the essential elements of planning, design, implementation, and operation, maintenance and monitoring (OM&M) of mitigation systems. The Vapor Intrusion Mitigation training is a series of eight (8) modules, presented over two sessions. For more information and to register, see or


Ecosystem Services – Benefits and Considerations for the Cleanup of Contaminated Mine Sites – September 21, 2021 – 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). One way to characterize and improve the benefits of environmental cleanups is to use concepts of “ecosystem services”, those benefits that nature contributes to human health and well-being. Join us to learn about how we may consider ecosystem services in cleanup of contaminated site cleanups. This two-part webinar will first introduce ecosystem services concepts from a contaminate site cleanup perspective and discuss ongoing efforts at EPA to connect ecosystem services concepts, tools, and frameworks to different aspects of cleanups. The second part will introduce examples of mine cleanups that have elements relevant to ecosystem services with an overall goal to tee up innovative ideas for characterizing and improving the benefits of environmental cleanups. Overall, an understanding of ecosystem services concepts can be helpful to ecological risk assessors and cleanup project managers working on sites looking for enhancing environmental benefits in their projects. For more information and to register, see

Plume Stability Analyses with GWSDAT – September 22, 2021, 11:00AM-12:00PM (15:00-16:00 GMT). The GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool (GWSDAT) is a user friendly, open source, decision support tool for the analysis and reporting of groundwater monitoring data. Uniquely, GWSDAT applies a spatiotemporal model smoother for a more coherent interpretation of the interaction in spatial and time-series components of groundwater solute concentrations. This provides a more data efficient method for evaluating and determining contaminant plume stability. New in the latest version (v3.1) is the ability to perform well redundancy analysis by allowing the user to drop a well or a combination of wells from the analysis and investigate the resultant impact, including comparison to full dataset. More information and access to this tool can be found at For more information and to register, see

Risk Communication Strategies to Reduce Exposures and Improve Health: Sessions 1-4, September 24, October 8, 20, 22, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is hosting a Risk e-Learning webinar series focused on strategies to communicate potential environmental health risks to reduce exposures and improve health. The four-part series will showcase effective risk communication strategies and how they have been tailored to needs of diverse communities. Presentations will also highlight first-hand experiences designing risk communication messages and campaigns, evaluating impact, and adapting communication strategies for different populations. The webinar series builds on an SRP workshop held in June 2021. The first session focuses on designing and tailoring messages to better communicate risks to vulnerable communities. Presenters will include how they have worked with communities and other stakeholders to develop targeted messages and create effective communication tools. In the second session, presenters will describe research on designing and framing communication messages so that they are sensitive to the cultural and social context of communities. These efforts aim to combat misinformation and mistrust when communicating health and environmental risks. In the third session, presenters will discuss how they have engaged and communicated with underserved and vulnerable communities and developed strategies to tailor messages to these communities so they can participate and use the information equitably. The session will also include a presentation on the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostic-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Program, which funds community engagement programs with a focus on communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fourth and final session will feature work by SRP-funded researchers who are translating research into communication tools and tailoring them for specific community needs. These specialized tools work to successfully communicate health risks and increase environmental health literacy. For more information and to register, see

ITRC 1,4-Dioxane: Science, Characterization & Analysis, and Remediation – September 30, 2021, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). 1,4-Dioxane has seen widespread use as a solvent stabilizer since the 1950s. The widespread use of solvents through the 1980s suggests its presence at thousands of solvent sites in the US; however, it is not always a standard compound in typical analytical suites for hazardous waste sites, so it previously was overlooked. The U.S. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Some states have devised health standards or regulatory guidelines for drinking water and groundwater standards; these are often sub-part per billion values. These low standards present challenges for analysis, characterization, and remediation of 1,4-dioxane. The ITRC team created multiple tools and documents that provide information to assist all interested stakeholders in understanding this contaminate and for making informed, educated decisions. This training is a series of six (6) modules. The six individual modules will be presented together live, and then archived on the ITRC 1,4-Dioxane training webpage for on demand listening. For more information and to register, see or

New Documents and Web Resources

Green Remediation Focus Area Updates. EPA releases full updates about sites where green remediation strategies have been implemented, such as at the Camp Lejeune Military Reservation in North Carolina, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC site in Connecticut, and Aerojet-General Corporation site in California (,, and The strategies build on EPA’s Principles for Greener Cleanups, which outline the Agency’s policy for evaluating and minimizing the environmental footprint of activities involved in cleaning up contaminated sites. Best management practices (BMPs) of green remediation entail specific activities to address the core elements of greener cleanups by: (1) reducing total energy use and increasing the percentage of energy from renewable resources, (2) reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, (3) reducing water use and preserving water quality, (4) conserving material resources and reducing waste, and (5) protecting land and ecosystem services. The CLU-IN Green Remediation Focus Area is updated monthly to provide information about new guidance, technical materials or tools for identifying, prioritizing and integrating BMPs in planned or ongoing cleanup activities. The focus area also provides news about relevant training events over coming months and profiles of green remediation strategies used at nearly 40 sites to improve the environmental outcomes of cleanup. Visit the Green Remediation Focus Area at

Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations, feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete archives, and subscription information is available at The following resources were included in recent issues:

    • Removal of Complex Mixtures of Perfluoroalkyl Acids from Water Using Molecularly Engineered Coatings on Sand and Silica
    • Biodegradation of Per- And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) via Superoxide-Hyper-Producing Bacteria
    • New Application of Geotechnical Technology to Remediate Low-Permeability Contaminated Media
    • Tools for Understanding Transients in Vapor Intrusion
    • Preliminary Close Out Report: Spectron, Inc. Superfund Site, Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland
    • Application of the Dynamic Mercury Cycling Model (D-MCM) to the South River, Virginia
    • Plasma Based Treatment Processes for PFAS Investigation Derived Waste
    • Standardizing Polymeric Sampling Method for Measuring Freely-Dissolved Organic Contaminants in Sediment Porewater
    • Phytoremediation Advances Fact Sheet
    • Sample Collection Procedures for Radiochemical Analytes in Environmental Matrices

ESAA Member News


GFL Environmental Announces Closing of Acquisition of Terrapure Environmental

GFL Environmental Inc. (NYSE: GFL) (TSX: GFL) (“GFL”), a leading North American diversified environmental services company, today announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of the solid waste and environmental solutions business of Terrapure Environmental Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Terrapure”). The acquisition excludes the battery recycling business carried on by Terrapure.

“The acquisition of Terrapure is another example of GFL delivering on our commitment to pursue strategic and accretive acquisitions to continue growing our business,” said Patrick Dovigi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GFL. “Terrapure brings a high-quality, complementary network of assets and customer base to our existing solid and liquid waste operations and expands our service offerings in several regional markets. This strategically located network of assets and Terrapure’s strong operating margins are expected to be immediately accretive to free cash flow and provide opportunities for us to continue to pursue our growth strategy.” Mr. Dovigi concluded, “We are excited to welcome the over 1,600 Terrapure employees to the GFL family.”



New ESAA Member

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Full Member:

Strategic HSE

#1 7701-102 Ave
Peace River, AB T8S 1M5
Phone: (780) 617-7706

Samuel Elkins, Owner/Founder


Headquartered in Peace River, Alberta, Strategic HSE Systems Inc. has been a proven service provider to Western Canada since 2010. We specialize in Transportation and Occupational Health & Safety, providing high-quality compliance-based solutions designed to educate, measure, and assist our client requirements. In addition, we offer business development, joint venture capacity building, as well as digital marketing services. We understand the requirements necessary to operate with confidence and achieve compliance with legislation, worker training, and the development of streamlined and efficient processes to ensure success. Our “hands-on” approach for our clients is what makes our company truly unique.


 Upcoming Events


RemTech 2021

October 13-15, 2021
Fairmont Banff Springs

Have You Registered?

RemTech 2021 starts in just 6 weeks  The draft program for RemTech 2021 is now available.  The program features:

  • 84 technical talks
  • 3 keynote presentations
  • 2 receptions
  • 55 exhibits
  • and much more
Keynote Presentations
  • Opening Keynote – Nik Nanos, Nanos Research
  • Thursday Lunch Keynote – Brian Keating, Going Wild & Great Big Nature
  • Friday Lunch Keynote – Eric Termuende, NoW of Work
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COVID Update:

ESAA has been closely monitoring the COVID situation in Alberta and recently conducted a survey of our Members and Delegates regarding possible COVID safety measures at RemTech 2021. Based on the survey results, we’d like to provide an update on the steps being taken to keep delegates safe, and to mitigate the chance of a COVID outbreak at RemTech

As the health and safety of everyone attending RemTech is paramount, the following actions are being taken:

In order to attend RemTech 2021 you will need to:

  • Show proof, upon arrival at RemTech registration, that you are fully vaccinated (your second dose must have been at least two weeks prior to the start of RemTech); OR
  • Provide proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the start of RemTech; OR
  • Have a rapid test done on-site at RemTech registration ($50 charge)
If you are unable to comply with any of the above requirements, ESAA will be happy to issue you a refund.  Refund requests must be received by no later than September 15th. No refunds will be issued after September 15th.  Requests for refunds must be via email and sent to

Full details of the requirements and other steps being taken in an effort to provide everyone with a healthy and safe conference environment can be found at:

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Canadian Environmental Engineering Executives Conference – CE3C 2021
September 29-30, 2021 | Wosk Center for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC

The conference provides a venue whereby senior executives in the industry can meet and discuss key issues facing the industry. Through a high-level benchmarking of the industry the senior executives will be able to track Key Performance Indicators (KPI) while discussing the KPIs and other relevant operational and corporate topics important to their Canadian operations in a panel session forum at the conference. The many challenges facing the industry include: impact of the economy on the industry; market supply chain management impact; shortage of talent; commoditization of services; globalization of service offering and active mergers and acquisition impact; ownership transition due to aging principal owners; and many more operational and corporate issues.   For more information visit:

Nominate your brownfield project by September 17th and attend the event on November 23rd
Wanted you to know that it’s time for the Brownie Awards 2021 and we are looking for exciting projects, programs and people – excellence in brownfield redevelopment and remediation. The Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of professionals who rehabilitate sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped by remaking them into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada. Brownies – Canadian Brownfields Network


There are 7 categories and a 2 step process for nominations:

  • Preliminary nominations are due by September 17th, 2021 and should include a “brief” project outline (350 words) describing how the project meets the criteria for that category. The judges committee will then announce a short list of projects before the end of September.
  • Detailed information for projects making the shortlist are due in mid-October.

Nomination portal:

Check out the past winners recognizing excellence in the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites across Canada at .


If you have any questions about the nominations, please contact Chris DeSousa at For any other inquiries, please contact Natasha at


Webinar: Pellet Management with the LittaTrap

On September 7 at 2pm MDT Enviropod will share information about their technology called LittaTrap which is effective in trapping plastic pellets on plastic manufacturing sites. Register for free at:

Enviropod has been working in Canada, USA and Australia with regards to micro and macro plastic capture from industry and public areas. They are working closely with industry and industry associations with their ‘LittaTrap’ technology to capture specific plastics in site runoff.  The webinar will present the findings from their LittaTrap trial with the Chemical Industry Association of Canada and University of Toronto trash team / Rochman Lab and the City of Calgary will give a Calgary perspective for the application process and requirements for LittaTrap installation.


ESAA Job Board

Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board.  Members can post ads for free.

Current Listings:
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist / Project Manager – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.
  • Senior Environmental Scientist- Reporting Lead – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.
  • Vice President, Summit Decommissioning Services – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Hydrogeologist/Technical Advisor – Ridgeline Canada Inc.
  • Soil Handling Monitor – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Soil Specialist – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Planner, Lands  – ATCO
  • Junior/Intermediate Environmental Scientist – Solstice Canada Corp. / Solstice Environmental Management
  • Senior Ecologist – Solstice Canada Corp. / Solstice Environmental Management
  • Manager – Environmental Strategy & Compliance – City of Medicine Hat
  • Contract Environmental Inspectors – Alberta and British Columbia – Trace Associates
  • Intermediate/Senior Environmental Scientist – Solstice Canada Corp. / Solstice Environmental Management
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist / Project Manager – Ecoventure Inc.




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