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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.

May 20, 2010

Another lesson from the Gulf oil spill for Canada – think twice about subsidizing industries that deal in dangerous substances by limiting their liability for catastrophic accidents. Let me explain.

May 19, 2010

There was a fascinating article in the Vancouver Sun on May 19th: B.C. regulators give failing grade to proposed $2.9B Whistler-like resort.

May 9, 2010

As I posted previously, the biggest take-away message for Canada and BC from the BP oilspill in the Gulf of Mexico is that oil and gas development at sea is so inherently risky that even strong environmental laws regulating the activity cannot remove the

May 4, 2010

There is nothing but bleak news in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico currently destroying livelihoods and the environment in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and possibly beyond.  There are reports circulating that that spill could quic

April 25, 2010

Last week (April 20th), the federal government (as represented by Todd Gerhart of the Department of Justice - DOJ) announced that it would lay charges against the fish farm company, Marine Harvest, as a result of a private prosecution laid against the company by Alexandra Morton.  I’m not going to review the facts of the case, which have been se

April 25, 2010

Your take-away message: If you do anything after reading this post – join the Facebook group Save Canada’s Environmental Laws!, and get your friends to do the same. 

April 21, 2010

In March we mused about the potential for climate scientists to sue climate deniers for defamation. 

April 17, 2010

Last Friday (April 16th), BC’s Ministry of Environment released a press release announcing the final Compliance and Enforcement Summary for 2009, which

April 14, 2010

If you live in Richmond then, from today (April 15th) until June 30th, you may see planes flying overhead, spraying you with a pesticide, known as Foray 48B, to attack Gypsy Moths that might be hiding in your backyard.  Foray 48B contains a naturally occurring bacter

April 13, 2010

Some interesting recent developments in the US on regulating hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking.” 

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