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Standing in Environmental Matters 3/3/2015   This is a comprehensive report on “standing”:  the legal status necessary to receive a hearing from a court or an administrative board or tribunal that holds hearings. The purposes of this report are to:   Provide an informative update on the law of...

What Lies Beneath? Buyer Beware It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: You buy a home, move in, then find out there’s an abandoned gas well beneath, leaking and contaminating your property.   Think it can’t happen to you? It can. According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in November 2012 over...

NEB begins cross-country consultation on pipeline safety   The National Energy Board (the “NEB”) recently began its public engagement initiative relating to pipeline safety [the information about the cross-country engagement initiative in this blog post was gathered from the NEB’s website at http://www.neb-one.gc.ca ].  The NEB seeks public...

Standing in Environmental Matters 12/22/2014   This is a comprehensive report on “standing”:  the legal status necessary to receive a hearing from a court or an administrative board or tribunal that holds hearings. The purposes of this report are to:   Provide an informative update on the law of...

Calmar: What lies beneath? 12/9/2014   Yesterday the Edmonton Journal ran a piece called “Five years, five homes demolished and gas keeps bubbling from the deep.” It’s a story about any homeowner’s nightmare: old oil and gas wells leaking under and near homes in Calmar.   Most land in Alberta...

Update on the MGA Review: Government releases first "What We Heard" document 8/20/2014   As indicated in previous posts, the Alberta government is currently reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Given the key role that municipalities play in the management and protection of Alberta’s environment, we have participated in this...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/18/2014   Recommendations to Strengthen Alberta’s Municipal Government Act   In Alberta, the powers and activities of municipalities are governed by theMunicipal Government Act (the MGA). The Government of Alberta is currently conducting a review of the MGA and, as part of this process, we made our written recommendations last...

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management 6/16/2014   It is the ELC’s view that municipalities have the potential to play a pivotal role in environmental management and protection in Alberta. Municipalities have the authority to control and regulate many private land uses. As well, municipalities have the responsibility for...

Calgary likes Green Regs & Ham! 6/5/2014   In late May, over 100 environmental nonprofit leaders, regulatory lawyers and industry representatives gathered together to enjoy Green Regs & Ham in Calgary. This second-annual event featured Gerry Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator (the AER), who provided an...

Yet another denial of standing found unlawful 6/2/2014   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...