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Weapons and ammo seized by RCMP after standoff north of Grande Prairie

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Grande Prairie RCMP – search warrant results in significant firearms seizure

Grande Prairie RCMP have arrested one male and seized a large quantity of firearms, weapons, and ammunition, after executing a search warrant on a property north of the city.

RCMP began an investigation after receiving a report that a male was in possession of firearms and ammunition contrary to a lifetime firearms prohibition.

Police obtained a search warrant for a property approximately 45 km northeast of Grande Prairie. In the morning hours of Dec. 2, Grande Prairie RCMP attended the property to execute the search warrant. Assistance for the search was provided by Spirit River RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS), RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), and RCMP Air Services.

During the execution of the search warrant, the male suspect would not surrender to police and a 4 hour standoff ensued. Support units provided tools such as the Tactical Armoured Vehicle (TAV), and the suspect did eventually surrender to RCMP.

A search of the property was completed, with the assistance of Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and Forensic Identification Section (FIS). Police located and seized 21 firearms, two crossbows, and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Leonard Berry (69) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following 69 offences:

  • Possession of a firearm or weapon contrary to a prohibition order (24 counts)
  • Unsafe storage of firearm (21 counts)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (20 counts)
  • Unauthorized possession of prohibited weapon/ ammunition (3 counts)
  • Resisting arrest

Berry has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Dec. 14, 2020.

Grande Prairie RCMP remain committed to building safe communities. If you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.Sta

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Alberta Energy Regulator suspends licences of oil and gas producer that owes $67M

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is suspending licences for thousands of wells and pipelines after an oil and gas producer failed to bring its operations into regulatory compliance.

The regulator says it has ordered SanLing Energy Ltd. to suspend its 2,266 wells, 227 facilities and 2,170 pipelines and ensure they are left in a state that’s safe for the public and the environment.

It adds the company currently owes $67 million in security to the AER for its assets’ end-of-life obligations.

The company is being asked to comply with past orders to clean up historic spills and contamination, ensure its emergency response number is working and provide a detailed plan to maintain its assets while they are suspended. 

The AER says it issued an order to SanLing in September because of a poor compliance record and its outstanding security issues.

It says it met with the company several times over the past five months to request a plan to come back into compliance but the company’s responses proved to be inadequate.

“If SanLing, or any company, wants to do business in Alberta, they must follow our rules,” said Blair Reilly, AEB director of enforcement and emergency management, in a news release.

“We cannot allow a company that has ignored the rules continue to operate—that’s not in Alberta’s interest.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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Ottawa unveils proposed federal carbon offset emission credit regulations

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CALGARY — The federal government is unveiling proposed regulations for its greenhouse gas offset program that will govern how developers can register and sell credits earned through projects that reduce emissions.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says one credit will be issued for each tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent reduced or removed from the environment, adding that eligible projects must be in Canada and offer “real, additional, quantified, unique and permanent GHG reductions.”

The projects will have to be registered and approved, monitored and face third-party verification before credits can be sold to industrial buyers for use to offset their greenhouse gas emissions and thus reduce their carbon tax costs.

In a briefing, department officials said the federal program will not compete with credit generators under similar programs offered in provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, adding approved carbon offsets can only be used once.

The regulations are to undergo a 60-day comment period ending May 5 and final regulations are to be established by next fall.

Meanwhile, the department will be developing protocols to govern how various types of offsets will be regulated. On Friday, it unveiled proposed protocols for advanced refrigeration system upgrading, landfill methane reductions, and forest and agricultural land management.

In December, Ottawa announced a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments that includes steady annual increases to its carbon tax from $50 per tonne in 2022 to $170 per tonne by 2030.

Canada wants to get to a 32 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, slightly more than its 30 per cent Paris agreement commitment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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