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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.

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.

May 29, 2011

On Wednesday (May 25th) the BC Court of Appeal suspended a permit allowing First Coal Corporation to explore for coal in the habitat of a threatened caribou herd, upholding a decision of the BC Supreme Court that the government had not adequately consulted the West Moberly

May 29, 2011

On May 4, 2011 the BC Supreme Court released its decision in Friends of Davie Bay v. Province of British Columbia.

May 16, 2011

When Enbridge recently held its annual meeting of shareholders in Calgary, the company and the city’s business sector received a powerful message about the obstacles in the way of expanding tar sands pipelines to the Pacific coast.

May 3, 2011

Fresh out of bed the first morning after the election, Stephen Harper met with the press and said: