Summary of RCE Documents Related to Proposed Yancoal Potash Mine

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2016-08-24 11:55

The following provides a list of documents related to the proposed Yancoal Potash mine near Southey, Saskatchewan, along with replies from the two levels of government. These documents are attached below.

(1) Initial RCE Saskatchewan submission to the Province of Saskatchewan regarding Yancoal Potash Mine proposal (June 6, 2016)

(2) Reply by the Saskatchewan Ministery of Environment to the RCE Saskatchewan submission (June 21, 2016)

(3) Reply by RCE Saskatchewan to Saskatchewan Ministery of Environment (June 29, 2016)

(4) Further reply by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (July 13, 2016)

(5) Letter of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment to RCE Saskatchewan outlining its conditional aproval of Yancoal Potash Mine (August 9, 2016)

(6) Terms of Conditional Approval of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (August 9, 2016)

(7) Rationale of Saskatchewan Minister of Environment related to decision (August 9, 2016)

(8) RCE Saskatchewan Response to Saskatchewan Minister of Environment's decision (August 10, 2016)

(9) RCE Saskatchewan Request to Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change to formally review Yancoal project (July 20, 2016)

(10) Reply by Federal Ministry of Environment (specifically CEAA) indicating Environmental Assessment request is being considered (August 3, 2016)

(11) Letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Sept. 9, 2016) with link to video prepared by community of Havelock: http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2583

(12) Reply by Prime Minister's Office (November 1, 2016)

(13) Reply by Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change rejecting request for Federal Environmental Assessment (November 15, 2016)

Update on Government of SK Response to RCE SK Yancoal Submission

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2016-07-20 14:50

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

You will recall that RCE Saskatchewan has to date made two submissions to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input on the proposed Yancoal Southey Potash Mine's Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Please see attached the most recent response from the Hon. Herb Cox, Minister of Environment, to RCE Saskatchewan's latest letter (which is also attached for your reference). The original RCE Saskatchewan submission can be found on our website:

http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2573

While the RCE is disappointed that there will not be a hearing under section 14(1) of the Saskatchewan Environmental Assessment Act to gather what we see as important additional information needed to assess the proposed project, we will continue to keep you informed of our next steps as an RCE. Again, thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on all of this.

Sincerely,

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

Global RCE Award Certificate Received for RCE SK Flagship Project

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2016-07-06 11:03

You will find attached a copy of the certificate from the United Nations University and accompanying letter that has just been received for the Global "RCE Recognition Award 2015". This award was given to the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), a flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan. Congratulations to VSSN! Further information about VSSN can be found at the following website:

https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/luther-programs/volu…

SK Ministry of Environment Reply to RCE SK Submission on Yancoal EIS

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2016-07-05 11:07

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

As you are aware from earlier correspondence, RCE Saskatchewan made a submission to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input related to the proposed Yancoal potash mine near Southey. Attached please find the reply from the Minister of Environment, Hon. Herb Cox, to the RCE's submission. RCE Saskatchewan has since submitted a reply to the Minister's letter outlining concerns that were felt not to have been addressed in the Ministry's letter. This RCE reply is also attached below. Please note that the original RCE Saskatchewan submission on the Yancoal EIS can be found on the RCE Saskatchewan main website at:

http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2573

Thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on these submissions as Co-coordinators of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group.

-Dr. Roger Petry, Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan

"Love Your Lake" Ribbon Cutting, Katepwa Point Provincial Park

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2016-06-23 11:21

District of Katepwa is very excited to be part of a program called Love Your Lake.

Love Your Lake is a shoreline assessment and stewardship program developed by Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We will be working with Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards, Agricultural and Ag Food Canada and U and K Greenhouses to deliver this program to Katepwa Lake.

Natural shorelines are extremely beneficial as they act as filters helping to reduce pollutants that enter lakes, help to protect against erosion and provide vital habitat for birds, mammals and fish. But our actions, sometimes unknowingly, can have a huge impact on this delicate interface. Love Your Lake will recommend simple, yet meaningful, actions specific to each property that shoreline property owners can implement.

We are looking forward to delivering this program this summer would like to invite you to a ribbon opening on Friday, July 1 at 3pm at the Katepwa Point Provincial Park.

Sincerely

Mayor Rick Pattison

Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan Seminar

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2016-06-15 16:10

SEMINAR NOTICE

Title: Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan

Speaker: Dr. David Hanly, SaskPower Consultant – Strategic Corporate Development, Resource Planning

Time: June 20, 3:30 PM

Place: 210 – 2 Research Drive

RSVP: Jocelyn.Crivea@uregina.ca

Abstract

Saskatchewan’s climate has changed over the past 50 to 100 years and is expected to continue to change for the next 50 to 100 years due to elevated greenhouse gas levels.  The impacts are not just in terms of average temperature and precipitation levels but also changes in the strength and frequency of extreme events such as hot days, storms, and drought.   Saskatchewan’s energy infrastructure is strongly influenced by weather and climate from the need to meet peak demand for electricity during hot days in the summer to droughts which limit cooling water supply and reduce hydro power to flooding of oil wells during extended periods of high precipitation.  Modelling which projects shifts in future climate in Saskatchewan can be used to inform decisions on investment in energy infrastructure to reduce impacts from climate change.   Results from climate models project rising average temperature of 2 – 3 degrees by mid-century, with on average drier conditions in the south and wetter in north with greater variability of weather leading to greater frequency and severity of drought and an increase in extreme heat days.