Federal Court of Appeal rejects KPIA appeal
Friends of the Earth have lost their appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal against Canada’s defiance of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, a Canadian statute. Just days before the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that climate change nuisance lawsuits are justiciable, in Comer v…Continue reading the post titled Federal Court of Appeal rejects KPIA appeal
More worries about Reg. 419/05
The Ontario Bar Association has adopted our submission_reg_419-05_06oct09 about the uncontrolled discretion being exercised under O.Reg. 419/05, and the regulated community’s need for a right of appeal from arbitrary decisions. The Minister of the Environment says he is carefully consi…Continue reading the post titled More worries about Reg. 419/05
How will nuisance law affect P3?
Read our comments on Heyes v. Vancouver in the National Post this week.Continue reading the post titled How will nuisance law affect P3?
New brownfields standards coming soon
Ministry of the Environment staff are seeking approval for proposed changes to the brownfields regulation, 153/04. Last year, the MOE proposed far-reaching changes, including: much more stringent generic cleanup standards, to be phased in 12 months later, a more flexible Tier 2 for risk assessment,Continue reading the post titled New brownfields standards coming soon
Taking climate change to the courts
On Friday, October 16, a second major US appeals court ruled that victims of climate change can sue polluters. In Comer v. Murphy Oil USA (5th Cir.), victims of Hurricane Katrina sued a number of companies that produce fossil fuels for causing greenhouse gas emissions that contributed to cli…Continue reading the post titled Taking climate change to the courts
Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
A Big Island resident, Ian Hanna, launched judicial review today to block renewable energy approvals under the regulations recently adopted to implement Bill 150, the Green Energy Act. Mr. Hanna argues that it is contrary to the precautionary principle to allow wind energy development in Ont…Continue reading the post titled Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
Ontario's GHG reporting regulation
The Ministry of the Environment is seeking comments until November 6 on a draft Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting regulation and guideline. The draft is very similar to the US GHG reporting regulation which was adopted last month. The regulation proposes:Continue reading the post titled Ontario's GHG reporting regulation
Why are so many environmental lawyers women?
Someone asked me again today: why are so many environmental lawyers women? In fact, why are so many environmental professionals women? The answer has been the same throughout my 35 year career – for women, on average, doing good is more important and money / status are less important t…Continue reading the post titled Why are so many environmental lawyers women?
Is Wal-Mart’s green agenda for real?
We love the concept of mega-corporations competing on their “sustainability quotient”, as long as the results are legitimate and not just greenwashing. Wal-Mart deserves credit for its new initiative, but also careful scrutiny to see what it produces.Continue reading the post titled Is Wal-Mart’s green agenda for real?
Will wind destabilize our grid?
At higher levels of renewable generation, power balancing is only possible when wind energy generators share the risk and responsibility of matching generation to load.Continue reading the post titled Will wind destabilize our grid?