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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.

August 17, 2010

Yesterday the Ministry of Environment released its 1st Quarter Compliance and Enforcement Report for 2010.  Ordinarily this would not be news (there are 4 of them a year, after all), but this one caught my eye – primarily because we’d given th

August 17, 2010

Looking for a tasty morsel of environmental law news?  Some of the stories that caught our eye over the past week or so include:

August 17, 2010

Last week’s events should have sounded some alarm bells for people wondering how the BC government regulates the oil and gas industry in Northeastern BC. 

August 12, 2010

The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Enbridge Pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan have both brought international attention to the dangers of transporting oil over long distances.  Here in BC that’s meant increased scrutiny of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and the possibility of oil tankers travelling the province’s

August 12, 2010

According to Barbara Yaffe’s most recent column in the Vancouver Sun, “Knocking oilsands bolsters Northern Gateway”, the actions of environmental groups, in exposing the environmental impacts of the Alberta tar sands, a

August 12, 2010

Last week the McLeod Lake Indian Band walked away from BC Hydro’s consultations over the controversial Site C Dam, returning the $100,000 funding that they

August 10, 2010

On July 26th Salmon Arm’s City Council voted to allow SmartCentres to build a major new shopping centre outside of the City’s core on environmentally sensitive land adjacent to the Salmon River.  That’s bad for the environment, and pr

August 9, 2010

Wouldn’t you know it – I go away on holiday for a week and all kinds of stories happen and I’m not there to write them up for the Environmental Law Alert Blog.  Here are a handful of stories that were interesting – relating either to environment or law, or both – which I might have written posts about if I’d been here.  Seriously though – let me

July 29, 2010

If you’re paying attention to efforts to tackle climate change through emissions trading, or “Cap and Trade”, systems, then there have been a number of recent developments worthy of note.

July 26, 2010

UPDATE - FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011 - The Friends of Davie Bay's legal challenge goes to court in the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver this morning.