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Single energy regulator bill a poor deal for Alberta’s environment 11/1/2012 Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act, which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new...

Navigable waters may be litigable waters if Bill C-45 passes 10/19/2012 As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed...

Rio + 20 = 1867? Canada’s interesting math 6/22/2012 On the verge of the end of Rio +20 and the passage of the federal budget bill (C-38), I felt it worthwhile to do some math.  Rio +20 is intended to move “sustainable development” into 2012 and beyond.  Yet, Canada...

EPA finds fracking causes water contamination 2/16/2012 A draft report from the US Environmental Protection Agency on fracking for natural gas in Wyoming found that disposal pits caused shallow groundwater contamination.  The report also found some evidence of substance release into the Wind River drinking water aquifer from production...