Teck Cominco: Applying US Law to Canadians in Canada
On January 7, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Teck Cominco, a Canadian mining giant, is subject to U.S. pollution laws because Canadian slag washed into U.S. waters. This sets an important precedent for other cross-boundary pollution. For more than 100 years, Teck and its predec…Continue reading the post titled Teck Cominco: Applying US Law to Canadians in Canada
NTREE Reality Check on Climate Change
The National Round Table on Environment and Economy today issued an refreshingly hardheaded report: Getting to 2050: Canada’s Transition to a Low-emission Future. The report is a rebuke and a challenge to the absence of federal leadership on climate change, and to our failure to take concret…Continue reading the post titled NTREE Reality Check on Climate Change
Compensation for buyers of already contaminated sites?
When contamination flows offsite, can a subsequent purchaser of the downgradient parcel successfully sue the upgradient polluter? Most caselaw suggests that the buyer is out of luck. Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, is still a fundamental principle of real estate law. The buyer who asks …Continue reading the post titled Compensation for buyers of already contaminated sites?
Oil spill insurance coverage
Homeowners frequently want to sue their insurers for fuel oil contamination, even if they only have third party coverage. Several years ago, many insurers amended their policies to remove first party (own property) coverage for oil spills, unless homeowners paid a special premium. Few paid t…Continue reading the post titled Oil spill insurance coverage
Reporting GHG for 2006: Once More With Feeling
After ducking out of an earlier public session, Canada’s Environment Minister announced Canada’s climate change program at Bali yesterday. His big news? Canada will collect some more information about how many greenhouse gases we emit. It’s hard to get excited about this…Continue reading the post titled Reporting GHG for 2006: Once More With Feeling
Standing on Contaminated Sites
BC’s most important contaminated sites decision is being appealed, and representatives of the public interest want a say. Surprisingly, the Court of Appeal has granted standing to an NGO as well as the Attorney General, both to argue for a broader interpretation of BC’s Environme…Continue reading the post titled Standing on Contaminated Sites
Legal Consequences for flouting Kyoto?
The science of climate change is now clear; what will the legal consequences be? With the release of their fourth report, the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has confirmed it: the climate is changing faster than anyone thought possible, and it’s because o…Continue reading the post titled Legal Consequences for flouting Kyoto?
Windpower – a cautionary tale
As the scientific evidence of climate change becomes ever more frightening, the collapse of Skypower Wind Energy Fund LP offers a cautionary tale of the barriers faced by renewable energy. Two years ago, this partnership raised $77 million to build a 201 MW wind energy plant in Riviere-du-Lo…Continue reading the post titled Windpower – a cautionary tale
Carbon Offsets as Presents
Looking for low carbon presents? Want to assuage your guilt about flying this holiday season, while helping others? We did! We were delighted to find that it is quick and easy, though not cheap, to buy carbon offset credits for clients and colleagues, and even for ourselves. The average Cana…Continue reading the post titled Carbon Offsets as Presents
This week, Ontario’s Brownfields Stakeholder Group was delighted to hear that progress is being made on some old problems. For example: 1. Escheats: When a company is dissolved, its remaining assets go automatically to the Crown. As a result, the province ends up (without its knowledg…Continue reading the post titled Brownfields Progress?