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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.

October 14, 2010

Today – October 15th - is Blog Action Day 2010.  Bloggers around the worl

October 12, 2010

On October 8th I appeared on a panel in Portland, Oregon to discuss BC's renewable electricity future. The event was hosted by the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee, an organization of private and public electricity utilities in the U.S.

October 3, 2010

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) met this past week (Sept 27th to October 1st), passing – and declining to pass – a wide range of resolutions, many of them touching on environmental issues. 

September 22, 2010

We turn on the tap and it’s there. It rains, and then the water disappears. A stream flows along next to a residential neighbourhood, but others lie underground, captured in pipes and forgotten. All in all, most of us don’t give much thought to our urban watersheds, unless there’s a crisis.

September 19, 2010

We will soon see whether the federal government's officials are really listening to people in BC in their review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and tankers project.

September 14, 2010

Taseko Mines is hoping that Prime Minister Harper will give the go ahead for its controversial Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in Tsilhqot'in Territory – in the form of an environmental assessment certificate which could b

September 12, 2010

We’ve just received word that the BC Ministry of Environment is reorganizing itself.  In addition to a brief official announcement, we also obtained an internal government email from Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment, which d

September 11, 2010

On September 7th the Ministry of Environment released its long awaited “Report on Engagement” - analysis of the comments during its public consultations on plans to “modernize” the Water Act.  In its

September 5, 2010

On August 22nd, according to an article in the Lake Cowichan Gazette, BC’s Conservation Officer Service teamed up with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the RCMP to conduct a spot-inspection of sports fishers near Cowichan Bay.

August 31, 2010

In our recent blog post suggesting that the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) is not properly regulating water use by oil and gas companies in the North East of the province, we didn't directly point out that the

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