Pollution & Emissions

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...

Edmonton Journal November 7, 2010 Re: "Good call on carbon-capture liability," Opinion, Nov. 3. The Journal editorial fails to consider a core principle regarding how we should treat our environment. That is: a polluter should pay for management of waste streams they...

“Pity the fool who mess with Mr. T".   No, this is not the A-Team movie or television show.  This is the story of two St. Paul area residents and the Evergreen Regional Landfill, documented in the companion decisions of Re. Tomlinson (EAB Decision 08-036-038-IDI) and...

In 2009 MiningWatch Canada won a federal court case launched in 2007 regarding whether or not mining companies had to report the pollution they released into their tailings ponds.  The federal court in 2009 ordered mining companies to report pollution data like other industries have...

By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel Federal Bill C-469, the Private Members’ proposal for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and will be considered by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Environmental bills of rights are emerging...

When contaminated land is remediated and re-used, one of the biggest concerns for owners and developers is whether the government will hold them liable in the future for the land’s condition, especially if remediation standards change.  In 2009, Alberta Environment introduced the remediation certificate as...

The prosecution has delivered its closing arguments in the 'ducks in tailings pond' case of R. v. Syncrude. Syncrude’s non-suit application was dismissed, meaning that the company will be forced to plead a defence against evidence that could see it convicted. The public interest generated...