Energy

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act,which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new regulator would address energy development from initial applications to...

For many years, one of the most troublesome points in environmental law in Alberta has been the very narrow scope of standing, the right to participate in court, regulatory or other legal proceedings. This has been particularly evident in relation to energy development and proceedings...

A draft report from the US Environmental Protection Agency on fracking for natural gas in Wyoming found that disposal pits caused shallow groundwater contamination.  The report also found some evidence of substance release into the Wind River drinking water aquifer from production underneath the aquifer. ...

Most media reports in Canada addressing the wake of the Fukushima meltdown and two explosions in Japan this past week have largely parroted the media releases of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) which suggest that a similar accident would never happen in Canada.  It...

New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives this month compares public health gains from electricity consumption versus impacts of high electricity consumption. It suggests coal fired power use is linked to higher infant mortality. The study concludes that increased electricity consumption does not...

Here are some updates on previous blog posts compiled by Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the ELC. The David Suzuki v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Killer Whale protection) case is being appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal. The Eastern Irrigation District approval for change of...

By Laura Bowman and Jason Unger Earlier this week the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) released a lengthy report on the state of oilsands science and regulation in Alberta.  The report rightly notes the lack of data on such important issues as water quality, air quality,...

A recent Alberta Court of Appeal “leave to appeal” decision deals with the cumulative impacts of development…well the cumulative impact of having another liquor store in the Town of High River that is. The case involved an application by the Town for leave to appeal a...