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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.

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

August 31, 2010

The Jumbo Resort in the Kootenays will negatively impact Grizzlies, according to a Grizzly biologist, Dr. Michael Proctor.  Dr.

August 26, 2010 has just published the following opinion piece from West Coast Environmental Law's Josh Paterson, which we reproduce below for our readers.

August 25, 2010

Stories sampled over the past week include:

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