Water Act Tag

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...

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...

Water Conservation Trust of Canada v Alberta (Environmental Appeals Board), 2015 ABQB 686. In 2010 the Water Conservation Trust of Canada applied under the Water Act to have a licenced allocation of water transferred to the organization for “habitat enhancement, recreation, fish and wildlife management and water...

[caption id="attachment_2290" align="alignright" width="300"] Gerry Protti at Green Regs & Ham, Calgary, 2014[/caption] Last week, over 100 environmental nonprofit leaders, regulatory lawyers and industry representatives gathered together to enjoy Green Regs & Ham in Calgary. This second-annual event featured Gerry Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy...

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...

As of November 18, 2010, Alberta environment has approved the Eastern Irrigation District's application to change the purpose of its water licence from irrigation only to a variety of purposes.   The purposes added include municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, habitat "enhancement", and recreation in specified...

Is someone proposing an industrial or other significant project in your community? How are environmental impact assessments (EIAs) conducted in Alberta? How can you get involved in the environmental impact assessment process? On February 18th, Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel of the Environmental Law Centre, discussed EIAs...

The Regional Director of Alberta Environment has authorized an activity to take place in your area. You disagree with the approach taken by the Director. What recourse do you have? On February 11th Jason Unger, Staff Counsel with the Environmental Law Centre, discussed appeals of the...

How are decisions made to authorize industrial operations in Alberta? Who gets to use water and how? How can you get involved in those types of decisions? The short answer is that Alberta Environment regulates environmental aspects of many industrial activities under the Environmental Protection and...

Is someone proposing an industrial or other significant project in your community? How are environmental impact assessments conducted in Alberta? How can you get involved in the environmental impact assessment process? The short answer is that Alberta Environment regulates environmental aspects of many activities under the...