This discussion paper summarizes key points of interest or concern with respect to environmental assessment (EA) and how it may relate to oil and gas projects. Environmental assessment law in Canada is complicated, making it difficult to be brief and comprehensive at the same time.
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Whistle blowing is the act of a person who, believing that the public interest overrides the interest of the organization he serves, tells the public or authorities outside her organization that the organization is involved in corrupt, illegal, fraudulent, immoral or harmful activity.
The need to address the environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration and development issues in a dedicated manner is becoming more urgent.
In 2001, West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation set out to develop an action plan for how the need for sustainable communities could be accommodated within the current regulatory framework.
Overall, we believe that the ERD must be strengthened in order for it to meaningfully reflect the EDC's commitment to ensuring its activities are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.
We have read, and endorse the submissions of our colleagues at the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Environmental Law Centre, and the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.