Environmental Law & Policy

Media Release

Water Transfers Require Due Process

Edmonton, AB – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes including “municipal, agriculture, commercial, industrial, habitat enhancement and recreation.”

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC), upon considering the application and relevant legislation, found several issues that need attention and – for the first time in over 25 years of operation – issued a Statement of Concern to Alberta Environment. Read more about Water Transfers Require Due Process

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Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands — leaked policy document

CALGARY — A leaked draft wetlands policy appears to betray the finding of a consensus of stakeholders invited by Alberta Environment to develop wetlands policy recommendations. "This leaked document seems to reflect the views of a couple of hold outs in the AWC process instead of the broad consensus," says Joe Obad, Water Matters' Interim Executive Director, "It's hard to believe the government would dismiss the Alberta Water Council team that provided strong consensus recommendations for a robust wetlands policy, for a couple of players who were happy to undermine the Read more about Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands — leaked policy document

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Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup — Part II: Agriculture

Apr 14 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

If you're like many Albertans, you're probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change.  The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:

  • How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market?
  • Will international climate change agreements influence land use activities?
  • Could more land users be regulated for emissions reduction as seen in the energy sector?

Whether you're a producer, a regulated emitter, or just a concerned citizen, you will find value in this second installment of Greenhouse Gas Roundup — a three-part webinar series led by ELC Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic. No legal training is required and there are no dumb questions. Read more about Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup — Part II: Agriculture

Call for Input

If you're a News Brief reader, the ELC wants to hear from you!

Initiative: 
News Brief - Environmental Law Centre
Deadline: 
14 Apr 2010

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is currently conducting a review and evaluation of News Brief. As a News Brief reader, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.

We would like you to be a part of the evaluation process by completing a brief online survey. The survey contains ten questions and takes approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. All responses will be made anonymously and kept confidential. Read more about If you're a News Brief reader, the ELC wants to hear from you!

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Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part III

Feb 18 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Is someone proposing an industrial or other significant project in your community? How are environmental impact assessments conducted in Alberta? How can you get involved in the environmental impact assessment process?

The short answer is that Alberta Environment regulates environmental aspects of many activities under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Some of these are subject to mandatory environmental impact assessments and there are a variety of ways for the public to participate. Read more about Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part III

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Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part II

Feb 11 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Regional Director of Alberta Environment has authorized an activity to take place in your area. You disagree with the approach taken by the Director. What recourse do you have?

Join Jason Unger, Staff Counsel with the Environmental Law Centre, to discuss appeals of the Director's decision to the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board. Read more about Webinar: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta — Part II

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New Publication: Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta

The Environmental Law Centre's Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta: A jurisdictional review and recommendations for reform is a jurisdictional review focused on comparing law and policy approaches to implementation of collaboratively produced and approved watershed management plans. The review identifies central issues that must be dealt with in a policy framework for implementation of plans.

This publication can be downloaded for free from the Materials Available to Download section of the ELC website. Read more about New Publication: Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta

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Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup

Feb 10 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about greenhouse gas and climate change.

  • What will Copenhagen mean?
  • Why is cap and trade controversial?
  • What are other places doing to address climate change through law and policy?

Or, maybe you’re not even sure which questions to ask. Whatever the case, let the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) get you started. Read more about Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup

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