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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...

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...

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...

Access to Environmental Information in Alberta: Where are we today? 6/13/2013 Published in Wildlands Advocate, February 2013 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre Many an environmentalist has learned that chasing government information can get one lost in a different kind of wilderness. Readers of this magazine may...

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)....

Environmental groups denied standing on water appeals 4/25/2013 An appeal by Alberta Wilderness Association, Water Matters and Trout Unlimited ended when the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found that the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) cannot grant “public interest standing” under the provincial Water Act. The groups sought to challenge a change to the purpose of water licenses that will allow Irrigation...