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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

January 4, 2012

A recent ad campaign linked to a top oil sands firm questions what drives the work of West Coast Environmental Law.

December 21, 2011

BC has laws governing mining roads, other laws governing forestry roads and still other laws governing oil and gas roads.  And historically there’s been no real coordination between the companies building these different roads.  As a result, BC has an estimated 400,000 to 550,000 kilometres of unpaved resource roads (the government itself doesn’

December 15, 2011

Last April (2011) we wrote about media coverage from Quebec’s La Presse about the fact that senior Canadian government offici

December 6, 2011

December 1st marked a turning point in the effort to protect the Pacific coast and the watersheds that we all depend on from the threat of oil spills.

December 4, 2011

West Coast Environmental Law congratulates the Tsilhqot’in First Nation on its most recent court win in its efforts to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) from the development of Taseko’s Prosperity (now called “New Prosperity”) mine.  Last week lawyers for the Tsilhqot’in and Taseko tangled in court, with the Tsilhqot’in coming away with the main p

November 29, 2011

So what does last week’s federal court win by Josette Wier, a pesticide activist based in Smithers, against Health Canada mean for pesticide regulations in Canada?  Josette, with help fro

November 26, 2011

In preparing a presentation about the collapse of the enforcement of environmental laws in British Columbia over the past decade, I noticed something interesting: violators of the Wildlife Act – primarily hunters and fishers - are almost 4 times as likely to be convicted as violators of the Environmental Management Act – who ar

November 19, 2011

As part of the Premier’s drive to promote mining, the BC government has introduced legislation (Bill 19) to remove permitting requirements

November 16, 2011

You know those little letters that come after people's names that indicate that they get paid the big bucks for giving people – and governments and corporations – advice?  Letters like (in addition to LLB or JD), RPF (

November 13, 2011

Throughout the debate about whether the Keystone XL Pipeline should be built, industry proponents have argued that if the tarsands bitumen doesn’t go to Texas, it will be shipped to Asia through Canada.  So, with the Keystone XL Pipeline on hold unt