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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...

An update on amendments to federal environmental assessment laws 11/11/2013 Following public consultation on proposed amendments earlier this year, the federal government recently passed amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities (RDPA). The RDPA are promulgated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and are central to the act’s operation. Only projects that appear...

Pembina ruling shines spotlight on need for reform 10/4/2013 This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a ruling on public engagement in environmental decision-making in Pembina Institute v. Alberta (Environment and Sustainable Resources Development), 2013 ABQB 567. While the decision is noteworthy because it found that...

What would a good environmental assessment law look like? 7/30/2013 Federal omnibus budget bills passed in 2012 brought dramatic changes to environmental regulation, particularly in the area of environmental assessments. Many of us are wondering what this means for environmental protection in Canada. This remains to be...

ELC's Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities promulgated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA, 2012) 5/21/2013 Click here to read the ELC's Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities promulgated under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA, 2012)....

More changes to federal environmental assessment laws on the horizon 5/2/2013 The federal government has recently proposed amendments to the Regulations Designating Physical Activities (RDPA) which are central to the operation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. With the exception of individual projects designated by the...

Is federal environmental protection keeping pace with resource development? 2/12/2013 The answer seems to be NO. The most recent Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was tabled last week. The Report examines three federal programs which are meant to ensure that natural resource development...