The ELC Blog

Climate Change and the Law: A Primer for Alberta Part Two: An Introduction to Adaptation in Alberta   The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) encourages all Albertans to consider how governments, industry, communities and individuals can assist with adapting to climate change. The ELC’s second volume in our Climate Change...

Climate Change and the Law: A Primer for Alberta Part One: An Introduction to Mitigation in Alberta 30% Renewable Energy in Alberta by 2030: Where are we now?   The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) recently published its report on Climate Change and the Law which consists of two parts: Climate...

THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. FOR THE OCTOBER 24 2019 EVENT PLEASE VISIT: https://elc.ab.ca/where-to-from-here-save-the-date-for-green-regs-n-ham-calgary-october-24-2019-2/     NOTE - TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED Coastal environmental concerns are highly relevant to land locked Alberta, but rarely do we discuss them. Join the ELC and our guest speakers to look beyond Alberta’s...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Intermunicipal Planning and Agricultural Lands   Alberta has lost and continues to lose valuable agricultural lands.  As found in the Alberta Land Institute’s Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”), there has been significant...

Climate Change Litigation in Canada: Environnement Jeunesse v. Canada   This past November, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), an environmental nonprofit in Quebec, applied to bring a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada (GOC) on behalf of Quebec citizens aged 35 and under.[1] The claim alleges the GOC...

Keeping up the PACE: An Update on the Pace Program and Associated Regulations   A previous blog post “Picking up the PACE and Running with City Charters: An Update on Municipal Government Act” introduced Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements[1] which amended the Municipal Government...

Future Flows: maintaining environmental flows through precaution and adaptation   The Environmental Law Centre is calling for a rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta.  The ELC's report Future Flows: climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta’s water law explores existing legal mechanisms to deal with maintaining...

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Reports: Fall 2018 Edition   In late 2018, the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) released her Fall 2018 Reports.  There are four reports: Report 1: Toxic Substances, Report 2: Protecting Marine Mammals, Report 3: Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development...

New Small Scale Generation Regulation aims to fill the gap between micro-generation and large utility companies   On November 22, 2018, the Government of Alberta (GoA) released the Small Scale Generation Regulation (SSGR)[1], in force on January 1, 2019. This regulation clarifies the regulatory process for small scale generation and is part of the result of an increased focus on renewable energy...

ELC Regulatory Watch: MD of Pincher Creek denies Windy Point Wind Farm Development Permits   As part of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ALCP), the Government of Alberta has committed to have 30% of the province’s electrical power generated by renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro...

Alberta Energy Regulator finalizes new Methane Requirements for Upstream Oil and Gas   As set out in Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Bulletin 2018-37 issued December 13, new requirements meant to reduce methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry have been added to Directive 060: Upstream...

ELC Regulatory Watch:  Upcoming AER appeal will shed light on EPEA approval amendments   The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently amended an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval to add conditions dealing with remediation of contamination at the Gibson Hardisty terminal.  Gibson Energy is appealing the...