Environmental Law Tag

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to participate in the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)’s Best-in-Class Initiative. This initiative is being conducted by the University of Pennsylvania through its Penn Program on Regulation to develop the tools and framework necessary for the AER to become...

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 150,000 abandoned...

Municipal panel sheds light on environmental management challenges at Green Regs & Ham [caption id="attachment_2258" align="aligncenter" width="489"] L to R: Garry Appelt, Don Iveson, Bruce Beattie and Judy Stewart[/caption] Three municipal leaders walk into a hotel: the urban mayor who is said to represent a growing interest...

Municipalities have the potential to play a key role in environmental protection. Many private land uses are controlled and regulated at the municipal level. As well, municipalities are responsible for local land-use planning through municipal development plans, area structure plans and so forth. We would...

As part of its Omnibus Budget Bill last year, the government passed significant changes to the federal Fisheries Act which came into force November 25th (see Order in Council P.C. 2013-1107).These changes mark the end of the prohibition against the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction...

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 on the...

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 Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development...