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.

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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

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

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

Stories sampled over the past week include:

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

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

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. 

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

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

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