Controversial mine in South Nahanni watershed headed for rigorous scrutiny

Fort Simpson – The Dehcho First Nations (DFN), Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Ecojustice are pleased to announce that the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has decided in favour of DFN and CPAWS’ request to scope the entire Prairie Creek mine project, including the winter road, into one environmental assessment.

Oil Sands Threaten Water Resources in Alberta, NWT

Current water management practices cannot protect water in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories from the impacts of oil sands development, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute.

CPAWS welcomes next step in protecting Nahanni watershed

Ottawa – Environmental groups today welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister John Baird that lands comprising the headwaters of the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories have been temporarily protected to enable the creation of a new national park, to be called Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO].

CPAWS welcomes next step in protecting Nahanni watershed

Ottawa – CPAWS welcomes today’s announcement by Environment Minister John Baird that lands comprising the headwaters of the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories have been temporarily protected to enable the creation of a new national park, to be called Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO].

Whooping cranes make a comeback

Yellowknife – One of the most majestic and endangered birds on the continent appears to be making a slow flight to recovery, say experts who see whooping cranes returning to their Texas wintering grounds in record numbers this year.

Mackenzie Wild Declaration

Sierra Club of Canada believes that the proposed $7 billion Mackenzie Gas Project would be bad for the North, for Canada and the planet, harming ecosystems and wildlife and disrupting communities, while creating only 50 permanent jobs in the Northwest Territories. The Mackenzie WILD program says that oil and gas industrialization is not the only…

N.W.T. report boasts gas pipelines would bring cuts in emissions, lower costs

WASHINGTON (CP) — The Northwest Territories is taking on environmental groups and social activists with a report that boasts about the benefits of gas pipeline development in Canada’s North. The study, released Wednesday by N.W.T. Industry Minister Brendan Bell at a U.S. think-tank, says there could be substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions that cause…

Miners stunned, environmentalists cheer after northern uranium project blocked

Miners are stunned and environmentalists cheering over a northern regulator’s recommendation that a uranium exploration project be denied because it threatens the spiritual and cultural well-being of the area’s Dene people. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board says Ur-Energy’s (TSX:URE) plan to drill up to 20 holes near the Thelon River should not proceed…

Activists want NWT mining access road stopped

EDMONTON — Environmentalists want the federal government to step in, now that a mining road has been approved through land suggested for an expansion of Nahanni National Park which two cabinet ministers have supported. “They have to sit down and figure out a way to stop this mine,” said Alison Woodley of the Canadian Parks…