The ELC Blog

Habitat, what habitat? The Greater Sage-Grouse emergency order and a call for heightened due diligence [Revised]   This story is about investing in activities that occur in the habitat of species at risk.  It has a moral: stop doing it. This story features an oil and gas company,...

Groundwater sustainability: evolving groundwater policy and regulation for Alberta   Groundwater management in Alberta is governed by a wide variety of regulation and policy.  Sustainable groundwater management is challenged by isolated reviews of water yield, a lack of information (leading to uncertainty in decision making and risk...

Science and impact assessment: Green Regs and Ham THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. [perfectpullquote align="full" bordertop="false" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]Science is the foundation of impact assessment, and we have failed to properly build this foundation in our law and in impact assessment practice.   If we improve...

Overhaul of Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Regulation   On June 1, 2018 the Government of Alberta passed the Remediation Certificate Amendment Regulation by Order in Council. This regulation updates the current Remediation Certificate Regulation and re-names it the Remediation Regulation. The changes introduced by the Remediation Regulation are...

Environmental Rights in Alberta: Follow up on ELC's Webinar on the Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights   On June 21st, we conducted a webinar based upon our most recent publication in the ELC’s Environmental Rights program, The Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights. This webinar...

WEBINAR June 21: ELC presents the Interaction of Environmental Rights and Property Rights You are invited to an online Zoom webinar hosted by the Environmental Law Centre. When: Jun 21, 2018 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: ELC presents the Interaction of Environmental Rights and...

Environmental Rights in Alberta: The Interaction of Environmental Rights & Property Rights   As part of our series of educational materials concerning legal rights related to environmental quality, we have taken a look at the impacts of an Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) on property rights.  The Environmental...

Spring Reports of the CESD   The Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) recently released her Spring 2018 Reports.  There are three Reports: Report 1: Salmon Farming; Report 2: Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; and Report 3: Conserving Biodiversity along with The...

Pickerel, Pipelines and Pancakes: A Summary of ELC's Green Regs and Ham breakfast discussion   “For too long Alberta has been forced to accept drastically reduced prices for our iconic fish-flavoured flat-cakes due to a lack of access to lucrative Asian breakfast markets.” With such an introduction and welcome...

Competing Methane Regulations: Alberta and Canada Release Methane Regulations in the Same Week   One of the pillars of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ACLP) is the introduction of a methane emission reduction plan.  The Alberta Climate Leadership Panel set the goal of reducing methane emissions from oil...