How much is nuisance worth?
In Blatz v. Impact Energy Inc., the Alberta Court of Queen’s bench found a gas drilling company liable for contaminating a well on the landowners’ property. As a result, the landowners had to drill a new well and also suffered weeks of health problems, such as diarrhea, mouth sores, and blad…View the post titled How much is nuisance worth?
Fairness, non-polluter pays and Kawartha Lakes
Should municipalities have to pay to cleanup private spills? See today’s article in Lawyer’s Weekly.View the post titled Fairness, non-polluter pays and Kawartha Lakes
Better federal environmental assessments coming?
This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in MiningWatch Canada v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans et al. As you will see, MiningWatch’s appeal has been allowed. The unanimous court ruled that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires government to condu…View the post titled Better federal environmental assessments coming?
Taking the Minister to court, personally
Jeffrey Lowes, Director of Government Relations for M-REP Communications, claims to have launched a private prosecution against the Minister of the Environment, John Gerretsen personally, and five senior civil servants. Mr. Lowes argues that Ontario’s ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides is…View the post titled Taking the Minister to court, personally
Contracts with consultants
Dianne spoke this week on why you should take nothing for granted when hiring environmental consultants, and especially should not accept the “standard terms and conditions” proposed by most major consulting firms in Ontario. Here is the presentation: Working with Consultants.View the post titled Contracts with consultants
Environmental Penalties higher in 2009
The Ministry of the Environment issued more environmental penalties in 2009: 13, totalling over $107,000. Although the total is still small, this is a significant increase over the 6 EP, totalling $69,583, that the Ministry issued in 2008. Companies were able to obtain reductions of up to 25…View the post titled Environmental Penalties higher in 2009
Wood fires, soot and climate change
Soot (black carbon) is not a greenhouse gas, but it is carbon’s accomplice in global warming.View the post titled Wood fires, soot and climate change
Paul Ekins and green taxes
Prof John Ekins told a packed house today that wetern economies have to improve the productivity of carbon by a factor of 10 by mid century. Every knowledgeable person knows that depends on pricing carbon. Prof Ekins cites numerous studies that green tax shifts can also produce the necessay …View the post titled Paul Ekins and green taxes
Haiti, deforestation and environmental collapse
Deforestation (together with corruption and violence) had brought Haiti close to environmental collapse even before this week’s tragic earthquake. See, for example http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/01/13/world/americas/1247466532047/haiti-s-legacy-of-environmental-disaster.html. See …View the post titled Haiti, deforestation and environmental collapse
More thoughts about fairness
The Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission wrestled recently with the concept of fairness in environmental liability, especially in relation to retroactive laws and joint and several liability. It is interesting to compare this to the ERT decision in Kawartha Lakes in November:View the post titled More thoughts about fairness
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