Category: Environmental

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Alberta Unveils Changes to Its Credit and Offset Regime: What’s in Store for Large Industrial Emitters

December 12, 2017

On December 6, 2017, the Government of Alberta released guidance documents regarding the new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (CCI) Regulation, which will come into force on January 1, 2018 and replace the existing Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER). While the guidance documents are quite extensive and provide glimpses into what the CCI Regulation will entail, there are also several concepts that…

AER Revises Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals

December 7, 2017

On December 6, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released a new edition of Directive 067 (New Directive), dealing with the eligibility requirements for acquiring and holding energy licences and approvals in Alberta. This was announced to the public though AER Bulletin 2017-21. The New Directive increases the scrutiny the AER will apply to ensure that licences and approvals are…

Federal Environmental Regulatory Reform Program – Where Are We Now?

November 15, 2017

Last year, the Government of Canada launched a review of key federal environmental and natural resource regulatory laws and processes. Expert panels and parliamentary committees reviewed the laws, consulted with stakeholders, and provided recommendations on: The federal environmental assessment process The National Energy Board Fish habitat protection under the Fisheries Act Navigation protection under the Navigation Protection Act. While the…

A Look Inside B.C.’s New Spill Preparedness and Response Requirements: Who Is Affected and What’s Changed

November 7, 2017

Some companies transporting certain petroleum-based products in British Columbia will have to comply with new spill preparedness and response requirements, after amendments made to the B.C. Environmental Management Act (EMA) came into force on October 30, 2017. Our October 2017 Blakes Bulletin: British Columbia Implements New Spill Reporting Requirements discussed the new spill reporting regime implemented as part of these…

Supreme Court Rejects First Nation’s Spiritual Objection to Ski Resort

November 3, 2017

On November 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) that a decision to approve the Jumbo Glacier Resort did not violate the Ktunaxa Nation’s (Ktunaxa) right to freedom of religion and did not breach the Crown’s duty to consult. The decision focuses on the reciprocal obligations…

British Columbia Implements New Spill Reporting Requirements

October 27, 2017

On October 30, 2017, amendments to the spill management regime that were made under the British Columbia Environmental Management Act (EMA) in 2016 will come into force. These amendments will implement a new spill reporting, preparedness and response process in B.C. (for more information, see our April 2016 Blakes Bulletin: B.C. Proposes to Significantly Broaden Requirements for Spill Reporting and…

Did I Forget the “Dam” Licence? A Primer on B.C.’s Regulatory Power Over Water Storage Facilities

October 19, 2017

Should waves of concern wash over British Columbia after the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sent a letter to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office claiming nearly 60 unlicensed dams were built in northeast B.C. to store fresh water for natural gas fracking operations? The letter claims many of these dams lack proper regulatory authorization, show signs of failing and were…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Plan Approvals Submitted Under Environmental Permits Are Appealable Decisions in B.C.

September 7, 2017

In the recent decision in Unifor Local 2301 v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court) confirmed that approval of a monitoring plan submitted under an environmental permit falls within the definition of a “decision” under the appeal provisions of the Environmental Management Act (EMA). The case is a useful reminder to industry proponents that plans…

Quebec Amends its Energy Efficiency Regulations and Moves Towards Implementation of 2030 Energy Policy

August 16, 2017

On August 15, 2017, the Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances (Quebec Regulations) was amended in order to eliminate and reduce disparities with the energy efficiency regulatory requirements applicable to appliances at the federal level (Federal Regime). The amendment to the Quebec Regulations notably extends the scope of appliances that it covers, in addition to increasing…

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