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Quads on Lake Shores: What are the rules and the state of enforcement? 4/30/2014 The Alberta Lake Management Society has asked a good question. It’s a timely one too, as awareness about the impacts of OHVs on watersheds peaks with the annual spring wetness.  There are definitely rules and some...

Wellsite ordered reclaimed: in for a penny, now about that pound? 4/3/2014 While the recently issued Environmental Protection Order that mandates the reclamation of an abandoned wellsite is a good step for the site (and the landowner)  it also stands as an illustration of how things need to change. ...

Reclaiming Tomorrow Today (Slides) 2/19/2014 Alberta has a significant number of suspended and abandoned well sites which represent ongoing environmental and fiscal liabilities.  To minimize these liabilities abandonment and reclamation of well sites and related infrastructure needs to occur in a timely fashion.  Unless we promote timelier...

Question: Who wants to know about oil spills? 2/7/2014 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...

An overview of the Northern Gateway decision report 1/21/2014 The proposed Northern Gateway Project (the “Project”) consists of two pipelines and a marine terminal. The pipelines are anticipated to follow a 1 km wide route from Bruderheim in northern Alberta to Kitimat in northern B.C. covering over...

Changes to Fisheries Act take effect November 25 11/26/2013 As part of its Omnibus Budget Bill last year, the government passed significant changes to the federal Fisheries Act which came into force November 25th (see Order in Council P.C. 2013-1107). These changes mark the end of the prohibition against the harmful alteration,...

Is the federal government protecting Canada’s national heritage? Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 11/20/2013 Earlier this month, the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was released.   This Report is the first issued since the departure of...