Occasional Papers: 70-79

A Citizen’s Guide to Aggregate Extraction in Alberta

By Dr. Judy Stewart, PhD, 2020
43 pp. Occasional Paper #70

A Citizen’s Guide to Aggregate Extraction in Alberta (the Guide) will help citizens understand Alberta’s legal and regulatory system that controls the review of applications and approvals for aggregate extraction on both private and public lands. The Guide is intended to help members of the public influence and participate in decision-making processes about where aggregate extraction might be approved, and under what conditions. It will explain approval processes, and many of the policies, regulations, codes of practice, guidance documents, and administrative guidelines and directives used by regulators and applicants. However, please note that appeal processes are outside the scope of this document although they are mentioned throughout.

The Implications of the Brookman and Tulick Appeal of Wetland Disturbance in Southwest Cagary for Future Protection of Alberta’s Water Resources

By Dr. Judy Stewart, PhD, 2020
39 pp. Occasional Paper #71

The recent Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) report and recommendations to the Minister (the Minister) of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to vary Approval No. 00388473-00-00 (the Approval) to disturb 24 wetlands to construct the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) highlight the importance of protecting water resources in semi-arid Southern Alberta. The Approval was issued by the Director, South Saskatchewan Region (the Director) of AEP pursuant to the Water Act (Water Act).

The Role of Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure in Accelerating Germany’s Energy Diversification and Renewable Energy Expansion: Implications for Alberta’s Energy Transition

By Dr. Rudiger Tscherning, PhD
56 pp. Occasional Paper #72

This paper examines the European Union’s energy diversification agenda and the corresponding rapid expansion of renewable energy capacity, with a special focus on the Federal Republic of Germany. The paper explores the importance of interconnected energy infrastructure, in particular electricity grid infrastructure, which has facilitated the aggressive diversification of Germany’s energy mix through a rapid expansion of renewable energy generation capacity. What lessons can be learnt from this experience for Alberta’s transition towards a greater focus on renewable energy sources? In addition, Canada, and the province of Alberta in particular, should look closely at developments in Germany to replace coal and nuclear energy with a mix of both renewable energy sources and natural gas imports. The European Union’s interconnected energy infrastructure may therefore offer tangible opportunities for Alberta not only as a model to study but may also open up a strategic priority market for Canadian natural resources and technology exports.