ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: June 20, 2020

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Responding to Alberta’s reduction of environmental monitoring requirements, Jamie Bonham, Director of Corporate Engagement NEI Investments, (a firm focused on responsible investing) said.

Alberta’s move is worrisome. The province is simultaneously opening up the economy – you can go to a barber, get a massage or sit in a restaurant – but you can’t take an environmental reading at a wellsite?

Jamie Bonham, Director of Corporate Engagement NEI Investments

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Bridge-builder in the oil patch  

Can former Enbridge exec turned Pembina head convince Alberta to transition to lower carbon economy?

Linda Coady is a rare bird who can work on both sides of the deep and bitter divide separating oil-industry partisans and environmental advocates.

After spending six years as vice-president for sustainability at pipeline giant Enbridge Inc., Coady took up the reins at the Pembina Institute environmental think tank at the end of March.

Environmental advocates have long regarded Enbridge as a public enemy because of its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the current expansion of its mainline oil pipeline in the U.S., and its fight over refurbishing a pipeline in Michigan where it had a major spill into the Kalamazoo River a decade ago.

For its part, Calgary-based Pembina has been in the crosshairs of oil industry defenders, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who allege Pembina has used funding from American foundations to undermine the province’s leading industry. (Last July, Kenney launched a $2.5 million official inquiry into “foreign funded defamation” of the oil industry.)

Coady is well positioned to navigate in the acrimonious arena, having spent her career working to find common ground between corporate interests and environmental organizations.

In an interview from her Vancouver home, the new Pembina executive director said she has already been in contact with Alberta government officials, including Energy Minister Sonya Savage. The two worked together at Enbridge before Savage joined the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association as vice-president for government relations.

I’ve reached out to people in the Alberta government, including Minister Savage, and have had a very warm reception. So, so far, so good.”

Linda Coady Pembina Executive Director

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