Environmental Law Alert Blog: Strict timelines for environmental assessments, but not for government

Friday, February 14, 2014 It feels a bit like déjà vu. Once again we’re faced with a federal government study that was highly relevant to the environmental assessment of the Enbridge pipelines and tankers project, but which was not considered in the assessment because it was released too late.  Like an earlier Environment Canada report, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: NEB should abandon undemocratic limits on public comment

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Last Thursday, April 4th the National Energy Board (NEB) announced that anyone who wished to comment on Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline proposal in Central Canada even by simply writing a letter would need to fill out a 10 page application form within 2 weeks.  This is, of course, absurd, since it ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: NEB should abandon undemocratic limits on public comment

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Last Thursday, April 4th the National Energy Board (NEB) announced that anyone who wished to comment on Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline proposal in Central Canada even by simply writing a letter would need to fill out a 10 page application form within 2 weeks.  This is, of course, absurd, since it ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: On Greenwashing Canada’s Enviro-Assessment Laws

Monday, April 8, 2013 A press release issued last Tuesday (April 2nd), by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) concerning a proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal at Kitimat, BC referred to the "strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012)."  This term appears literally tens of thousands of times on ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Federal government balking at first small step to rebuild Environmental Assessment

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Together with our allies, we are continuing to hold the federal government's feet to the fire to minimize the fall out from "budget" bill C-38 in relation to the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. The so-called consultation process for CEAA 2012's critical Project LIst continues – currently a document virtually ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: CEAA 2012 – On the Ground

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Jay Nelson has a unique perspective on the new Canadian Environmental Assessment act, 2012 (CEAA 2012); as the lawyer for the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) in the current environmental assessment of the controversial New Prosperity mine project at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), he has been grappling with how CEAA 2012 works ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: New Prosperity News – Comment by September 28th!

Monday, September 24, 2012 On September 14th, the federal Review Panel conducting the New Prosperity environmental assessment released three documents. Two describe the approach that the Panel proposes to use for “Confidentiality” and for the panel’s Hearing Procedures, respectively, and invites the public to comment on these procedures. The third is the application form for ...