Land Use

“There’s no God-given right to mud-boggers” (Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Nanton News, May 13, 2013) May long weekend is here:  begin the bush parties, litter, trucks in the river. . .  I wish I could find last year’s Sustainable Resource Development blog post about the...

Tens of thousands of oil and gas wells sit unproductively on the landscape, either suspended or abandoned. These sites reflect an ongoing liability and have continuing impacts on the environment.  Few regulatory tools exist to prescribe timely abandonment and reclamation and this leads to continued...

Federal omnibus budget bills passed in 2012 brought dramatic changes to environmental regulation, particularly in the area of environmental assessments. Many of us are wondering what this means for environmental protection in Canada. This remains to be seen, and leaves us with another question: What...

[caption id="attachment_1710" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of Rosemary Ratcliff / http://www.freedigitalphotos.net[/caption] Alberta Energy is now half-way through its consultation workshops on regulations under the Responsible Energy Development Act, which will set out process and rules for the new Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). The workshops will be...

[caption id="attachment_1712" align="alignright" width="216"] Image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption] Many of you may have missed the most recent news about Alberta’s single energy regulator, just before the Family Day long weekend. The Alberta government issued a press release on Valentine’s Day, announcing 18 public...

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 regulator would address energy development from initial applications to...

The Government of Alberta (GOA) has started down the road of managing cumulative effects.  It won’t be easy, but the government is armed with regulatory tools.  Specifically, the GOA has put in place “environmental management frameworks” (EMF) through its regional planning process, which allow it...