Read all about it
What are the prospects for litigation relating to green energy projects, especially wind? Dianne is quoted on this today in both the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Whenever the law is unclear or counterintuitive, it is always good for lawyers.Continue reading the post titled Read all about it
Why can't we protect trees?
Theoretically, some laws are supposed to protect trees, they aren't actually effective in practice.Continue reading the post titled Why can't we protect trees?
Fair limits on liability
Many engineering consulting firms have adopted standard terms and conditions that we think lack fundamental fairness between client and consultant.Continue reading the post titled Fair limits on liability
Aboriginal consultation and renewable energy approvals
In order to implement the Green Energy Act, Ontario has recently adopted O. Reg. 359/09, to set up a new regime for accelerated approvals of renewable energy projects (wind, solar, anaerobic digestion and biomass combustion). One key element of the new regime is a six month “service guaran…Continue reading the post titled Aboriginal consultation and renewable energy approvals
Renewable Energy Approvals- Plain Language Guide
The Ontario government is hurrying to release plain language guides to its new renewable energy approvals regime. A Renewable Energy Approval Guide is expected to be released shortly, followed by public consultation on draft Technical Guidance. In the meantime, an overview of the approvals r…Continue reading the post titled Renewable Energy Approvals- Plain Language Guide
Wind and the precautionary principle
I don't expect Ian Hanna to succeed in his lawsuit to block the Ministry of the Environment from issuing renewable energy approvals for wind projectsContinue reading the post titled Wind and the precautionary principle
Greenhouse gas reporting
The US EPA has published its final rule on greenhouse gas reporting for 31 American industrial sectors; see the Federal Register (www.regulations.gov) under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508-2278. The rule will be effective December 29, 2009. EPA is still considering reporting rules for t…Continue reading the post titled Greenhouse gas reporting
How do you measure a setback?
As I am writing my commentary on the new renewable energy approvals regulations, I have noticed an unusual wrinkle. Unlike all other Ministry of the Environment setbacks, noise setbacks are measured from the centre of the noise receptor property/building, not from the property boundary. See…Continue reading the post titled How do you measure a setback?
Ian Hanna, redux
On October 19, I wrote about Ian Hanna, the Big Island resident who is suing for an injunction to block the Ministry of Environment from issuing any renewable energy approvals for wind projects. Such an injunction would prevent the construction of almost all new commercial wind projects. Bas…Continue reading the post titled Ian Hanna, redux
Quick Overview of Canadian Environmental Law
Please checkout our new page, with its quick summary of Canadian environmental in an easy-to-read, question and answer format. It starts: Legislation 1 Main environmental regulations What are the main statutes and regulations relating to the environment? Under Canada’s constitution, environm…Continue reading the post titled Quick Overview of Canadian Environmental Law