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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.

Fossil fuel companies and climate change
January 9, 2018

Imagine for a moment that the so-called “war on drugs” focused entirely on addicts, with the manufacturers and sellers of street drugs celebrated as productive members of society who are “just providing a product.”

Metro news climate cover story
January 9, 2018

In 2017 four BC municipalities took the unprecedented step of sending Climate Accountability Letters to Chevron, Exxon and 18 other fossil fuel companies – demanding that these companies pay a fair share of local climate costs.

So what? Isn’t this basically symbolic?

Water pipes (Photo: FancyCrave via Pexels)
January 8, 2018

Shortly before the holidays, on Friday, December 15th, 2017, the BC government put out a press release about changes to the Water Sustainability Act Regulations.

Trudeau kayaks in Gulf Islands, 2017 (Prime Minister's Office)
December 21, 2017

Last January, The Atlantic magazine named Barack Obama “America’s Ocean President” for protecting a larger ocean area than any former commanders-in-chief.

Plants sprayed with herbacide along the Skeena River
December 11, 2017

Wild salmon just can’t seem to catch a break right now.

Wildfires & Wild Food Fundraiser
December 7, 2017

“WE STILL HERE!” belts out JB the First Lady in the Wise Hall. “WE STILL HERE!” echoes the audience.

2017 BC wildfires (Photo: Province of BC)
December 4, 2017

The 2017 wildfire season in BC was the worst on record, both in terms of the total area burned and the costs associated with fire management and suppression.

Bloodwater discharge (Photo: Tavish Campbell)
November 29, 2017

Shocking video footage released this week by BC photographer Tavish Campbell and replayed by media across the country shows a disturbing torrent of bloody wastewater from fish farm processing plants pumping directly into the ocean.

Riparian Assessment (BC Government)
November 22, 2017

When Randy Saugstad realized that clearcut logging by forestry giant Tolko was probably going to affect the water he uses to raise cattle on his ranch, he went to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “We know,” they told him. “But we don’t have the power to stop them logging.”

Linda Nowlan at Fishmongers Hall, UK
November 20, 2017

Here I am in the Fishmongers Hall – a historic building in the heart of London, England – honoured to be here for the Best Practices in World Fisheries conference hosted by the Blue Marine Foundation and the Fish