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HTMLEnvironmental Appeal Board Revokes Company Water Licence
Sean Jones, Dionysios Rossi, Rick Williams; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2015, previously published on October 21, 2015
The British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board reversed a water licence issued to Nexen due to serious technical flaws in the scientific evidence upon which the licence was granted, as well as defects in the consultation process with the Fort Nelson First Nation.

 

HTMLReporting “Historical” Contamination: Recent Developments in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Marie-Claude Bellemare, F.F. (Rick) Coburn, Luke Dineley, Michael G. Massicotte; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2015, previously published on October 20, 2015
Spills are reportable in all Canadian jurisdictions. However, the existence and extent of an obligation to notify regulators of the discovery of historical contamination on one's own property varies from province to province.

 

HTMLWhat Does 111(D) Mean for Power Generation?
Todd A. Snitchler; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 30, 2015, previously published on August 17, 2015
What impact will the U.S. EPA’s Rule 111(d) on carbon dioxide emissions have on power generation? Seemingly a lot. Coal fired generating units - both existing and any possible new units - are under incredible financial pressure. Costs of required upgrades at coal facilities, if not already in...

 

HTMLEPA’s Final (Sort of) Rule on Carbon
Todd A. Snitchler; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 30, 2015, previously published on August 10, 2015
On August 3, 2015, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final rule 111(d) for carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing stationary sources (a.k.a. power plants). The carbon rule is arguably the biggest single environmental regulation since the Clean Air Act of...

 

HTMLB.C. Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Export Terminal Feeder Pipeline
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2015
The Globe and Mail reports that the British Columbia (B.C.) Oil and Gas Commission has granted approval to TransCanada to construct and operate the C$5 billion, 900 kilometer Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, which would provide access to Montney gas supplies for the proposed Pacific...

 

HTMLWoodfibre LNG Receives Environmental Assessment Certificate for B.C. Export Terminal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 29, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2015
The British Columbia (B.C.) Environmental Assessment Office has issued an environmental assessment certificate approving Woodfibre LNG’s proposed liquefaction and export terminal near Squamish, B.C. According to The Vancouver Sun article, the facility “still requires federal...

 

HTMLStronger Pesticide Regulation Protects Workers and Children
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 16, 2015
Pesticides have been shown in repeated studies to cause birth defects, cancer and neurological problems. Yet American farmworkers are routinely exposed to dangerous pesticides. As part of their jobs, they are often exposed when they mix up batches of pesticides to spray on crops and then again as...

 

HTMLSettlement Reached Capping Utah Plant’s Coal Consumption
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 23, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative and the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians reached a settlement regarding the 500-megawatt Bonanza Power Plant in northeast Utah. The settlement calls for new pollution controls to be installed while being subjecting the plant...

 

HTMLEPA Announces New Emissions Rules
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 2, 2015
On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its new air-quality standards for ground-level ozone, lowering the allowable level from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. A move that is drawing criticism from both environmentalists, who say it’s not enough, and industry...

 

HTMLEPA's Petroleum Refinery Rule Will Increase Litigation
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 2015
The EPA issued its final rule on Sept. 29 seeking to further control emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from petroleum refineries. The rule imposes new requirements on storage vessels, delayed coker units and flares, and requires fenceline monitoring.

 


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