Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mni Wiconi: Water is life, more than ever

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 These simple and profound words, “Water is Sacred,” have become a call to action in North Dakota. Since April 2016, thousands of people have gathered there to protect water from “the Black Snake,” the Dakota Access pipeline proposed to bring oil under the Missouri River. After a year of work on the RELAW ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mni Wiconi: Water is life, more than ever

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 These simple and profound words, “Water is Sacred,” have become a call to action in North Dakota. Since April 2016, thousands of people have gathered there to protect water from “the Black Snake,” the Dakota Access pipeline proposed to bring oil under the Missouri River. After a year of work on the RELAW ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban hold water? A review of Canada’s proposed new legislation

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 On November 29, 2016, the federal government announced that it will introduce legislation in spring 2017 to entrench an oil tanker ban on the north coast of British Columbia, and it provided preliminary details on the content of the legislation. In our new publication, West Coast addresses the federal government’s proposal ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban hold water? A review of Canada’s proposed new legislation

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 On November 29, 2016, the federal government announced that it will introduce legislation in spring 2017 to entrench an oil tanker ban on the north coast of British Columbia, and it provided preliminary details on the content of the legislation. In our new publication, West Coast addresses the federal government’s proposal ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Trudeau’s pipeline approvals fail to recognize the “magnitude” of the climate problem

Thursday, December 1, 2016 The thing that frustrated me most when watching the Prime Minister’s press conference earlier this week approving the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipelines is that he – or at least his government – knows that these pipelines undermine Canada’s climate goals and move us away from a sustainable future.  That’s ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 The warmth and relative freedom of summer creates an atmosphere of spontaneity and often last-minute plans come together: “Let’s drive to that pow-wow this weekend!” “Who wants to go to the beach for a picnic this afternoon?” “Come to the Vancouver Folk Festival and visit our WCEL table!” Summer 2016 is ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Spills in BC: Will we be ready? Have your say

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Would BC be ready for a major spill? Now is your chance to have your say. The Government of BC is changing how we plan for and respond to spills in the province, and is holding a public comment period until June 30, 2016, on its proposed spill planning and response ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Friday, April 15, 2016 According to pipeline supporters and cheerleaders, one of the primary rationales for building pipelines to tidewater – Canada’s east or west coast – is to maximize the price that Canadians can get for tar sands oil by reaching world markets. A number of years ago this argument may have been true, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: See you in court, Enbridge! First Nations launch legal challenges to Enbridge pipelines and tankers project

Friday, July 18, 2014 In a wave of legal filings on July 11 and July 14, 2014, eight First Nations from Haida Gwaii to Yinka Dene territory west of Prince George set in motion legal proceedings that, combined with 9 court cases filed earlier this year, have the potential to stop or significantly delay the ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: First Nations and BC Mayors stand together against threat of oil tankers and pipelines

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 In December 2010, representatives of sixty-one Indigenous nations came together in an historic alliance to protect the Fraser watershed and our coastal waters from the threat of oil spills.The result was the Save the Fraser Declaration, which bans tar sands projects, like the Enbridge pipeline and tankers project, from impacted First ...