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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 24, 2010

We’ve just received an email sent to people working in the natural resource sector explaining the new Ministry of Natural Resource Operations (MNRO).  West Coast Environmental Law expressed concern about this new Ministry yesterday (Oct.

October 23, 2010

Most governments have at least two distinct personalities when it comes to environmental protection.  In the spirit of Hallowe’en this Sunday, let’s call them Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Dr.

October 21, 2010

West Coast was interested to read in the Globe and Mail last week that Statistics Canada has been forced, in order to meet its

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