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Bill 69 and the Impact Assessment Act: public trust regained or more of the same   The Government of Canada’s promise to review the 2012 changes to various federal environmental laws has now come to fruition (see our summary of the 2012 changes here and here).  This review...

As indicated in previous posts on this blog, the Alberta government has been actively reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA).  In their recent News Release, the Government has indicated that it will be introducing legislative amendments in May.   In addition, there will be several open...

The National Energy Board (the “NEB”) recently began its public engagement initiative relating to pipeline safety [the information about the cross-country engagement initiative in this blog post was gathered from the NEB’s website at www.neb-one.gc.ca ].  The NEB seeks public input on pipeline safety and...

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...

[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...

[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="225"] Image: Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption] 2012 will be a significant year for our environment. Political change is in the wind, a provincial election is coming, and Alberta is under pressure internally, nationally and internationally to demonstrate effective environmental stewardship and strong regulatory...