Do Pollution Exclusion clauses work?
Will pollution exclusion clauses stand up in commercial general liability insurance policies? The Ontario Court of Appeal says yes, when they are directed at activities likely to cause traditional soil and water pollution. See ING Insurance Company of Canada v. Miracle (Mohawk Imperial Sales…Continue reading the post titled Do Pollution Exclusion clauses work?
Approving smelly facilities
Strong opposition to organic recycling facilities, particularly on the ground of odour, can make it challenging to successfully site such facilities. A recent decision of the Alberta Environmental Appeal Board illustrates the “state of art” in regulatory approvals for sites with significant…Continue reading the post titled Approving smelly facilities
How much notice is enough?
A Niagara Escarpment Hearing Officer recently had to decide how many unsuccessful efforts to contact an appellant were enough.Continue reading the post titled How much notice is enough?
Cumulative effects in approvals
Cumulative effects are extremely hard to manage in any approval process. By definition, the person or project seeking an individual approval does not usually control the other sources of cumulative impact. Nor is the necessary information about the other actual or potential impacts usually b…Continue reading the post titled Cumulative effects in approvals
Wind developers can run transmission lines on roads
On Monday, the Township of Grey Highlands unanimously voted to abandon its planned Divisional Court challenge. The Township had originally voted to seek judicial review of an Ontario Energy Board decision, allowing wind power developer International Power Corporation to run transmission lin…Continue reading the post titled Wind developers can run transmission lines on roads
Can a permit be refused after EA approval?
One frequently troublesome area of environmental law is the intersection between different types of approvals. Once an overarching, project wide approval, such as an environmental assessment, has been granted, may an individual approval be refused?Continue reading the post titled Can a permit be refused after EA approval?
Worried about wind?
So much misinformation has been spread about wind turbines that many reasonable people don’t know what to think. As one reader wrote: “Hi Dianne, … I wondered if you could direct me to reliable sources on the benefits / risks of Wind Turbines. I live in West Grey with lots of wind, bu…Continue reading the post titled Worried about wind?
Hanna leave to appeal denied
On Monday, the Ontario Court of Appeal denied Ian Hanna’s request for leave to appeal the decision of the Divisional Court, which unanimously rejected his attempt to prevent Ontario from issuing renewable energy approvals for large wind turbines. Judges Goudge, MacFarland and Watt ord…Continue reading the post titled Hanna leave to appeal denied
Nuisance, GHG and climate change
Today, the US Supreme Court reversed the groundbreaking decision, Connecticut v. American Power, which had allowed states, New York City and private land trusts to sue major greenhouse gas producers in nuisance, whether or not their emissions breached federal statute law.Continue reading the post titled Nuisance, GHG and climate change
PAPER financing for energy conservation
Some form of municipal financing that runs with the land has tremendous potential to accelerate energy conservation and green energy retrofits for existing buildings. The David Suzuki Foundation has published a detailed report on one such concept, Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrof…Continue reading the post titled PAPER financing for energy conservation