Texas wind lawsuit a sign of things to come?
A major Texas wind lawsuit has underscored the importance of proper contracts to allocate the common risk of inadequate transmission capacity.Continue reading the post titled Texas wind lawsuit a sign of things to come?
Ethanol in gasoline- should we celebrate?
The renewable fuels regulation is a better win for the agricultural lobby than it is for those concerned about climate change.Continue reading the post titled Ethanol in gasoline- should we celebrate?
Does the Endangered Species Act have teeth?
Is that all the Endangered Species Act will do? Create an expensive sort of legal shell game while irreplaceable habitat is bulldozed?Continue reading the post titled Does the Endangered Species Act have teeth?
MicroFIT flip flops
The Ontario Power Authority keeps looking for ways to reduce the popularity, and therefore the cost, of its high-priced MicroFIT solar electricity program. The program was designed to guarantee renewable energy producers a profit. Since small scale solar PV is the most expensive electricity …Continue reading the post titled MicroFIT flip flops
Spills are good for lawyers
Spills always seem to be good for lawyers, if not for the environment. More than 300 lawsuits have been filed against BP relating to the Gulf oil spill, in addition to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that is handing out emergency money from the $20 billion set aside by BP. But lower profile …Continue reading the post titled Spills are good for lawyers
Tar sands polluting the Athabaska River
How do the tar sands operators get away with polluting the great Athabaska River, despite federal and provincial laws that allegedly protect rivers? By insisting that everything is fine, and that all the pollution is “natural”. Now, Professor David Schindler has blown their cover…Continue reading the post titled Tar sands polluting the Athabaska River
Syncrude sentencing put off re ducks
Syncrude has decided to make a deal, if it can, rather than keep fighting. The trial for killing 1600 ducks in a tailings pond was scheduled to resume August 18, in order to decide whether Syncrude can be fined for both the federal and provincial offences. Instead, the case has been adjour…Continue reading the post titled Syncrude sentencing put off re ducks
When is wood waste renewable?
Is biomass really renewable? The Green Energy Act treats wood waste as an infinitely renewable source of energy, like sunlight and wind. But is it? Biomass sceptics have pointed to high costs (in money and in energy) to collect, transport and handle wood waste, especially as fuel for el…Continue reading the post titled When is wood waste renewable?
Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
Ontario’s process for making Crown land available for renewable energy projects continues into its second phase as the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) invite the public to provide input on where, when and how the Government should make Crown land available for off-shore wind projects. Th…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind- lake zoning?
What do we owe our neighbours?
Property owners must not worsen problems faced by their neighbours. In Donley Investments Ltd. v. Canril Corp., Canril owned a vacant commercial property at 90 George Street in Ottawa, one inch west of the Donley building. The Donley basement began flooding in February 2003, after a broken C…Continue reading the post titled What do we owe our neighbours?