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Environmental Litigation on the Rise in Corporate Canada and Around the World

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. Climate change litigation continues to evolve in many jurisdictions and Canada has seen its fair share of proceedings seeking to hold governments and the oil and gas, energy and power industries responsible for carbon dioxide emissions. CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION AT HOME AND ABROAD Europe The genesis of much… [Read More…] about Environmental Litigation on the Rise in Corporate Canada and Around the World

New NERC Directive Emphasizes Cyber Planning and Reporting for Electrical Energy Sector

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) recently adopted the Cyber Security – Incident Reporting and Response Planning CIP-008-6 directive (Directive), which creates new cybersecurity incident reporting obligations for bulk electric systems (BES) categorized as high or medium impact in North America. The Directive also emphasizes the importance of cyber… [Read More…] about New NERC Directive Emphasizes Cyber Planning and Reporting for Electrical Energy Sector

Federal Overhaul of Environmental Laws to Take Effect August 28, 2019

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The federal government’s long-awaited overhaul of key environmental laws (Bill C-69, which implements the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and the Canadian Navigable Waters Act and related regulations) will take effect on August 28, 2019. The Impact Assessment Act will replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, (CEAA 2012) overhauling the federal environmental… [Read More…] about Federal Overhaul of Environmental Laws to Take Effect August 28, 2019

Court of Appeal Unanimously Rules Against B.C. Blocking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On May 24, 2019, the British Columbia Court of Appeal decided unanimously that B.C.’s proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act (Proposed Law) regarding the Trans Mountain expansion project (TMX Project) were unconstitutional. The court’s decision will have important implications for all provincial regulation of any works and undertakings, such… [Read More…] about Court of Appeal Unanimously Rules Against B.C. Blocking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On judicial review, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench overturned a ministerial decision of the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE) regarding costs incurred by an oil sands project owner in Fort Hills Energy Corporation v. Alberta (Minister of Energy). The case was decided on a standard of reasonableness and is… [Read More…] about Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

Pipeline Opponents Face Significant Obstacles in Securing Injunctive Relief

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. With the federal government recently approving major pipeline projects, it is expected that environmental and other special interest or lobbying groups will commence actions in an attempt to prevent or delay those projects from proceeding, which may include applying for injunctive relief. Those opponents face significant obstacles in… [Read More…] about Pipeline Opponents Face Significant Obstacles in Securing Injunctive Relief

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program must provide written notice to their electricity provider in order to qualify. In our September… [Read More…] about Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On November 15, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted its Offset Credit Regulatory Proposal on the Environmental Registry, where it will be available for comment until December 30, 2016. Offset Credits will increase the compliance options for facilities covered by the cap-and-trade program and they will… [Read More…] about Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Details of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Program to Add 5,000 Megawatts of Capacity by 2030

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On November 3, 2016, the Alberta government announced its endorsement of the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) recommendations for the Renewable Electricity Program (REP). The purpose of the REP is to encourage the development of 5,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity generation capacity in Alberta between now and 2030. If accomplished, Alberta’s… [Read More…] about Details of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Program to Add 5,000 Megawatts of Capacity by 2030

Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On September 14, 2016, the Alberta government provided an update regarding its Renewable Electricity Program. In particular, the government confirmed a firm target of 30 per cent electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (30 by 30) and announced that it will support the development of 5,000 megawatts (MWs)… [Read More…] about Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?