Archive

How a change of plans can jeopardize environmental goals: The trouble with results-based environmental management 11/10/2010 Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, November 2010  By Jason Unger, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre An application has recently been made to Alberta Environment to divert water from the Clearwater River, a Canadian Heritage...

Everyone DUCK! 10/29/2010 The notion that tailings pond duck deaths should be trivialized because of how many birds die through other means is getting under my skin. (On occasion I read comments associated with online media, which I have to admit is the source of this frustration.) Duck...

Investors seek full disclosure on oil sands investments 9/9/2010 Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, September 2010 By Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre In the wake of Syncrude Canada’s conviction for the death of approximately 1,600 ducks at the Aurora mine tailings pond, investors in oil and gas should...

ELC Supplemental Submission to the AUC Re: “The Precautionary Principle in Regulatory Process for Hydroelectic Power Generation Development” 6/29/2010 Click here to read the ELC's Supplemental Submission to the AUC Re: “The Precautionary Principle in Regulatory Process for Hydroelectic Power Generation Development”....

Nuclear Energy Regulation (Slides) 5/4/2010 The Government of Alberta recently stated that it will consider nuclear development proposals. If a proposal is made in Alberta, what can your community expect to happen? How does the application and approval process work? If you’re asking these or similar questions,...

Navigable waters protection update 5/4/2010 A few months ago we posted about the Ministerial Order under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Act – ("Are Canadian Waterways Subject to Public Rights”) where we noted that this seemed to be a step away from treating all waterways equally in Alberta and Canada. ...

Syncrude ducks the issue 4/30/2010 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...