Environment

Pressure Builds for Canadian Companies to Lower Carbon Emissions

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. As the spotlight on climate change intensifies, Canadian companies are facing additional scrutiny from regulators, investors and other stakeholders to meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Some companies are taking a leading role in lowering carbon emissions and are at the forefront of the energy transition. Others… [Read More…] about Pressure Builds for Canadian Companies to Lower Carbon Emissions

Alberta Well Cleanup

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On June 8, 2021, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released draft Directive XXX: Licensee Life-Cycle Management (the Draft Directive), Bulletin 2021-22: Invitation for Feedback on Proposed New Licensee Life-Cycle Management Directive (the Directive Bulletin) and Bulletin 2021-23: Mandatory Closure Spend Targets (the Closure Spend Bulletin). These publications mark the latest steps toward full implementation… [Read More…] about Alberta Well Cleanup

Alberta Utilities Commission Amends Rules of Practice to Promote Efficiency

Courtesy of Osler. View original article.  On May 3, 2021, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the AUC or Commission) approved [PDF] amendments to AUC Rule 001: Rules of Practice [PDF] (Rules of Practice), which will apply to proceedings registered on or after May 17, 2021. The amendments to the Rules of Practice are intended to give effect to a number of the recommendations… [Read More…] about Alberta Utilities Commission Amends Rules of Practice to Promote Efficiency

Environmental Obligations and the Role of the Trustee in Bankruptcy

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On January 25, 2021, the Alberta Court of Appeal (the ABCA) released its reasons in PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. v Perpetual Energy Inc., 2021 ABCA 16 (Perpetual Energy). While the issue before the ABCA was of a preliminary nature — namely whether the claims of the trustee in bankruptcy (the Trustee) should… [Read More…] about Environmental Obligations and the Role of the Trustee in Bankruptcy

Implementation of Alberta’s New Liability Framework for Oil and Gas Reclamation

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In July 2020, the Alberta government issued its new Liability Management Framework (the Framework), aimed at reducing the province’s inventory of orphan and inactive well sites. That inventory includes close to 97,000 inactive wells and the Orphan Well Association’s list of over 7,000 orphan sites in various stages of decommissioning,… [Read More…] about Implementation of Alberta’s New Liability Framework for Oil and Gas Reclamation

Oil & Gas in Canada: Update 2020

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The latest edition of Oil and Gas Activity in Canada, Stikeman Elliott’s legal guide to the oil and gas industry in Canada, is now available. Written by our Alberta-based experts, the updated 2020 guide provides information on the Canadian laws and regulations affecting the industry. The topics that are… [Read More…] about Oil & Gas in Canada: Update 2020

Ontario Introduces Sweeping Changes to Environmental Legislation

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On July 21, 2020, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 (Bill 197) received Royal Assent. Bill 197 amends multiple statutes as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to stimulate the economy by simplifying regulatory processes across various industries. Bill 197 amends 20 statutes, including significant amendments to key environmental legislation… [Read More…] about Ontario Introduces Sweeping Changes to Environmental Legislation

Aiming for Maximum (GHG) Impacts

Courtsey of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada published its Strategic Assessment of Climate Change (SACC), which will be used to assess the impacts of climate change in federal impact assessments conducted under the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA). The SACC is deemed a strategic assessment under section 95 of the… [Read More…] about Aiming for Maximum (GHG) Impacts

Alberta Revamps Carbon Pricing Regime for Large Emitters

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In this Update On October 29, 2019, the Alberta government proposed new legislation for a revamped Alberta carbon pricing scheme, called the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system. Once passed, the new legislation is slated to come into force on January 1, 2020. The TIER system will… [Read More…] about Alberta Revamps Carbon Pricing Regime for Large Emitters

From Environmental Assessments to Impact Assessments: New Federal Impact Assessment Act Coming Into Force Soon

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On August 28, 2019, the Impact Assessment Act (the “IAA”) will come into force and replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”). We have previously written about the IAA and the changes that it will bring to the environmental assessment (now impact assessment) process in Canada. The projects and activities that will be… [Read More…] about From Environmental Assessments to Impact Assessments: New Federal Impact Assessment Act Coming Into Force Soon