Pollution & Emissions

BC court favors environmental groups, but “public interest standing” remains out of reach. In Gagne v. Sharpe a denial of standing by the BC Environmental Appeals Board was found to involve unfair process, unnecessary requirements and impossible evidentiary standards. This decision is significant to environmental advocates in Alberta as similar hurdles to standing...

With the proclamation of the Protecting Alberta’s Environment Act in mid-April, the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency – known as AEMERA - is now officially on duty. The purposes of AEMERA are to: • obtain scientific data and other information about the state...

Answer:  No one who doesn’t ask. Here’s a little story from the CBC about their efforts to access information on a not so little pipeline explosion. In response, the National Energy Board disclosed an incident report that the article implies was altered in response to CBC’s request....

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. ...

The Environmental Law Centre recognizes that the environment is a public good that must be protected. The Environmental Law Centre’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 references several core environmental principles that are required for strong and effective environmental laws, policies and legal processes. These core principles are: sustainability, precautionary...

(adapted from Twas the Night Before Christmas, C. Moore or H. Livingston) Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, definitely not a Greater Sage Grouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that a wetland policy soon...

A recent decision from the Federal Court of Canada is notable for its interpretation of the how the precautionary principle must guide government decisions when dealing with scientific uncertainty.  The case revolved around a “special review” request made by an individual to the Minister of...