Environmental Law & Policy

Statement on the Supreme Court of Canada Ruling on the Alberta Orphan Well Association Appeal

Edmonton, Alta. – With its ruling today, the Supreme Court of Canada has rightfully put the health of our environment ahead of banks. Companies cannot shed their environmental liabilities in order to pay banks back first. This ruling is a win for all Canadians, as there are massive outstanding environmental liabilities in many sectors, not just oil and gas.

SCC decision on abandoned oil wells a victory for environment and public but problems remain, Ecojustice says

CALGARY – The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells must come before the interests of creditors after a company has gone bankrupt. Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson issued the following statement in response:

“The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that bankruptcy trustees must put the environment first. This is a win for the environment and good news for landowners and Albertans.

First Nations, environmental groups launch lawsuit to protect at-risk boreal caribou

CALGARY — Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta Wilderness Association and David Suzuki Foundation, have filed a lawsuit against the federal minister of environment and climate change for her failure to protect the critical habitat of five boreal caribou herds in northeastern Alberta.

Populations of boreal caribou, the species famously depicted on the tail-side of the Canadian quarter, are in decline across the country, largely due to widespread loss and fragmentation of their habitat.

Adopting a Single Provincial Regulator for Electricity Generation in Alberta

Feb 6 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture on CIRL Occasional Paper #68:

“Adopting a Single Provincial Regulator for Electricity Generation Projects in Alberta”

Location

Murray Fraser Hall, Room MFH 2370
2878 University Way NW
T2N 1N4 Calgary , AB

Saturday Morning at the Law School Public Lecture : Canada’s New Energy Regulator and Pipelines

Jan 19 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture on:

“Canada’s New Energy Regulator and Pipelines”

 More information and Eventbrite registration for this session of Saturday Morning at the Law School will be available soon.

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall (MFH), Faculty of Law University of Calgary
Calgary , AB

Alberta’s methane regulations will fail to meet provincial reduction target

Province fails to demonstrate how carbon price and methane rules will achieve the GHG reductions needed to match federal rules

CALGARY, AB – Based on new comprehensive modelling, Alberta’s methane regulations will allow oil and gas companies to release far greater volumes of harmful methane pollution than if they followed the federal methane regulations enacted earlier this year by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).   In Alberta, the ECCC rules would reduce methane pollution in 2025 by almost 35 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) while the Alberta rules released today will reduce only 22 million tonnes of CO2e.  This equals a reduction of 36%, clearly failing to achieve Alberta’s own 45% methane reduction commitment, squandering one of the highest-value, lowest-cost opportunities to deliver significant progress towards Alberta’s and Canada’s climate goals.  Regrettably, recent research shows Alberta’s proposed carbon pricing regime offers no rescue for this missed opportunity because the carbon price does not cover, nor apply to the majority of methane emissions.

Alberta's carbon levy is working

Joshua Buck, Alberta Program Manager for Environmental Defence writes:

Since Alberta’s economy-wide carbon levy was introduced in 2017, a lot of claims have been made about the levy, both positive and negative. So, what are the facts? That’s what we wanted to know. We did some investigation and put together a report: Carbon Pricing in Alberta – A Review of its Successes and Impacts. And what did we find? Overall, Alberta’s carbon levy is a success.

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