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Liepert to promote Alberta’s responsible energy sector in U.S.

Liepert to promote Alberta’s responsible energy sector in U.S.

Edmonton… Energy Minister Ron Liepert will continue to promote Alberta as a leading source of secure energy in New York September 6 to 8.

“Maintaining a strong relationship with the United States and its investment community is important as it is both our neighbour and our best customer. Friday’s State Department release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) about the proposed expansion of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which will carry both Canadian and American crude oil to Texas for refining, is an indication that our friendship and business affiliation with the U.S. will continue to thrive,” Liepert said.

Liepert is a keynote speaker at Barclays Capital Energy dinner and will address both Canadian and U.S. energy portfolio managers and analysts. He will also meet with other major investment houses.

The estimated cost of the trip including meals, travel and accommodation for Liepert is approximately $3,000.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

Oilsands, is it Ok to Break the Law to Change the Law?

The oil sands supply a huge part of our global energy needs.

Do you agree with the commentators view point this video?

Do you think the protestors could just as easily turn some of their own lights out, drive less and use their energy to promote alternate energy needs? (pun-intended)

Anonymous – Operation Green Rights – Tarmageddon Phase Two

Fabric Covered Buildings

Fabric Covered Buildings

TO: Whom it May Concern
FROM: John Simpson, Director of Planning and Development
Robert Renschler, Safety Codes Officer, County of Grande Prairie
SUBJECT: Fabric Covered Buildings
DATE: August 19, 2011
In discussions with various individuals on the subject of Fabric Covered Buildings in industrial or commercial areas, it appears that we may need some clarification on approval processes:
• Where a Fabric Covered Building is to be used as a main building, it will require a Development Permit and a Building Permit, along with Engineered Drawings. These structures shall conform to all Building Code standards.
• Where a Fabric Covered Building is to be used as an Accessory Building on a permanent basis, it will require a Development Permit and a Building Permit along with Engineered Drawings. These structures shall conform to all Building Code standards
• Where a Fabric Covered Building is to be used as an Accessory Building for storage on a temporary basis (3 years or less), (and has approved Engineered Drawings from the factory available for inspection by the County), it will require a Development Permit and a Building Permit. As per sections and A- of the 2006 Alberta Building Code, Engineered drawings will be subject to County of Grande Prairies Approval on a case by case basis.
• Where a Fabric Covered Buildings will be used as an Accessory Building either on a permanent or temporary basis, the County will consider making variances to setback requirements on a case by case basis.
Questions and inquiries may be directed to:
John Simpson
Director of Planning and Development
Robert Renschler
Safety Codes Officer

More County News

Alberta responds to proposed federal coal regulations

August 19, 2011
Alberta responds to proposed federal coal regulations

Medicine Hat… With the federal government announcing it will move to Canada Gazette Phase I for coal-fired electricity generation regulations on August 27, Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner issued the following statement.

“First and foremost, I want to stress that Alberta shares the same goals as the federal government – to produce the energy we need more efficiently and with less impact to the environment.

I am confident this can be done in a way that is fair to all provinces, especially those that still rely predominantly on coal to meet their electricity needs – like Alberta – because of their unique circumstance.  At the end of the day, Albertans should not pay vastly more for their electricity than other Canadians due to federal regulations.

The Alberta government will use the upcoming consultation period on these regulations to provide input on how the federal government can allow Alberta to address our unique challenges.  To do so, the federal framework must be:

  • Flexible: Alberta electricity generators must be able to meet intended emission reduction outcomes while still being able to generate the electricity needed by Albertans.
  • Aligned: Canada’s industries need to have comparable emissions standards to the United States to remain competitive.  This is important for all industrial and manufacturing sectors as electricity prices impact all sectors of the economy.
  • Consumer-friendly: As a province that relies more heavily on coal to produce electricity, Albertans should not be unfairly impacted by emissions regulations.
  • Technology-focused: policies and regulations in Canada must contribute to the continued development of carbon capture and storage.

At the end of the day, we are committed to working with the federal government and all Canadians to ensure we all get to the same place.  We just need to follow the right path to get us there.”

more Alberta News

Minister Renner responds to federal monitoring technical reports

July 21, 2011
Minister Renner responds to federal monitoring technical reports

Edmonton… Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner issued the following statement in response to Environment Canada’s July 21 release of a series of technical documents about monitoring surface water, the aquatic ecosystem, air quality, and biodiversity in the oil sands region.

“These technical reports completed by the federal government add to the work submitted to the province earlier this month by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel. Our goal remains to work with the federal government to develop a state-of-the-art monitoring, evaluation and reporting system.

“We are currently undertaking a thorough examination of the technical and strategic advice provided to determine how to put it into action. The advice of the provincial panel, combined with the federal technical reports, will help us to develop an implementation plan, which we are aggressively working on.

“The bottom line is that we want the best system possible. The Alberta government will work jointly with the federal government to give Albertans and Canadians full confidence that our environment is being protected and that development is occurring responsibly. It is critical that effective cooperation and collaboration exist to avoid duplication of efforts and costs.

“Although there is still a lot of work to do before we get a new system in place, we are not starting from scratch. Several recent reports indicate the need to better integrate and improve existing monitoring in the region, but also acknowledge the strong foundation in place for a new monitoring system.

“We know there is good monitoring already underway in Alberta – by government, industry and environmental groups. We also know that our system must evolve and be better integrated as oil sands production increases.

“Expectations from Albertans and others around the globe are high – the world is watching. Going forward, as the foundation for a new environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting system continues to grow, I have no doubt we will meet those expectations.”

A video version of this statement is found at: http://environment.alberta.ca/01548.html


Wind Lift I

Wind Lift I

Wind Lift IGerman special crane ship for the setups of offshore wind farms called Wind Lift I in the harbour of Emden

the blind man and the advertising story

the blind man and the advertising story

businessAn old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner in the rush-hour begging for money. On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: ‘Blind – Please help’.

No-one was giving him any money.

A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and empty cup, and also saw the many people passing by completely unmoved, let alone stopping to give money.

The advertising writer took a thick marker-pen from her pocket, turned the cardboard sheet back-to-front, and re-wrote the sign, then went on her way.

Immediately, people began putting money into the tin cup.

After a while, when the cup was overflowing, the blind man asked a stranger to tell him what the sign now said.

“It says,” said the stranger, ” ‘It’s a beautiful day. You can see it. I cannot.’ “
(My Dad told me this story when I was a teenager in the 1970s. I saw it recently on a video on the web. This story illustrates in a timeless way how important choice of words and language is when we want to truly connect with and move other people. Thanks BC and SD)

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