Pollution & Emissions

Polluter pays principle in Alberta: A state of and a foundation for the future?   The ELC ‘s most recent report The Polluter Pays Principle in Alberta Law provides a summary of the polluter pays principle in Alberta law.   This report is provided as an introduction to...

Garbage. Waste.   It’s nothing new. In fact, typically, it’s something old, especially if you’re wanting to get rid of it! And if it’s smelly, make that as soon as possible! But have you ever thought about where your garbage goes after you put it out into the...

Where to from here?   More Green Regs and Ham in Calgary (October 24, 2019) On October 24, 2019 the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) hosted its Calgary Green Regs and Ham event. (Spring 2020 will see our law and policy breakfast feast in Edmonton). The breakfast discussion included...

Access to Environmental Justice: Costs and scientific uncertainty raise barriers to protecting communities   For Access to Justice week in Alberta (https://www.albertaaccesstojustice.com/) the ELC looks at how access to justice plays out in the environmental context.   What is Environmental Justice? Environmental justice, sometimes called environmental racism, is “the intentional...

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...

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...

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...

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...

  ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982. The ELC is dedicated to providing credible, comprehensive and objective legal information regarding natural resources, energy and environmental law, policy and regulation...

Delay, Environmental Offences and Private Prosecutions   A case comment on the impact of Jordan in two recent environmental cases:  R. v. The Lake Louise Ski Area Ltd., 2017 ABPC 262 and R. v. HMTQ, Executive Flight Centre et al. BCPC File No: 25268   The Supreme Court of Canada’s...

A wrap-up from October 3rd Green Regs 'n' Ham Who landed in the penalty box?   Tackling a topic that is of increasing concern to Albertans was on the agenda for an early morning breakfast talk on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017. Government representatives, environmental lawyers, industry professionals, law...