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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.

July 25, 2011

A BC Court of Appeal decision issued earlier this month (July 5th) has confirmed that the province’s Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) by itself provides little legal protection for fish habitat.  The RAR is the province’s primary legal tool

July 21, 2011

Dene Tha’ First Nation Challenges the Sale of Oil and Gas Parcels on their Traditional Territory

July 18, 2011

Last week (on July 13th), Madame Justice Wedge of the BC Supreme Court sided with the Halalt First Nation and suspended plans to pump water from the Chemainus aquifer to be used in the District of North Cowichan.  West Coast Environmenta

June 25, 2011

Attention Alpine Resort developers!  Beautiful Public B.C. mountain real estate for only $5,000 an acre plus the cost of timber 

June 20, 2011

Treaty 8 First Nations have taken their struggle against the proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam on the Peace River into the international arena by

June 19, 2011

A shocking story from Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on June 12th reported on a BC Government study on widespread non-compliance with the BC Water Act:

June 13, 2011

Do the governments of the world have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere?

June 7, 2011

We can’t eat crude.

June 1, 2011

A recent story in the Abbotsford News caught my eye - Environment Industry Association critical of $20,000 fine for Abbotsford man.  The story relates to the sentencing of Ed Ilnicki for three charges related to

May 30, 2011

We’re most of the way through the Spring 2011 sitting of BC’s Legislature – the first under Premier Christy Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix.  What have our elected officials been doing for the environment?

Actually, given how short the sitting, there’s been a surprising number of environment-related laws introduced.