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Published on: 30 Mar 2016 By

Shell fined $500,000, pays $200,000 to First Nation following 2013 spill

In case you missed it, nearly 3 years following the event, Shell Canada Ltd has been sentenced for a spill of “flare knock-out liquids” at a Sarnia-area refinery. The January 2013 spill affected members of the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation, who experienced a variety of adverse health effec…

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Published on: 8 Mar 2016 By

Little Brown Bat the latest critter to shut down proposed wind farm

The Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) has again demonstrated its willingness to allow appeals of renewable energy approvals (“REA”) for wind project on the basis that it will cause serious and irreversible harm to animal life, plant life or the natural environment…

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Published on: 2 Mar 2016 By

General Contractor Dalcon Enterprises fined $80,000

On January 25, 2016, Dalcon Enterprises Ltd., a general contractor, was convicted of two offences and fined $80,000 (plus the 25% victim fine surcharge). The fines were for the discharge of a contaminant that caused an adverse effect and for failing to report the discharge to the Ministry of…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2016 By

Further wind litigation in the Oak Ridges Moraine: Part II

Recently, the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) allowed in part the appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) approving the construction of a wind turbine facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine Area in the City of Kawartha Lakes (the “Project”). The Tribunal concluded that, with…

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Published on: 2 Feb 2016 By

Further wind litigation and the Oak Ridges Moraine: Part I

Another appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) for a wind turbine project has made its way to, and been refused by, the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”). The appeal in SR Opposition Corp v Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, 2015 CanLII 86926 (ON ERT) concer…

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Published on: 19 Jan 2016 By

Cement Manufacturer fined $200,000 for dust discharge

Following a guilty plea in December 2015, Essroc Canada Inc., a cement manufacturer, based in Picton Bay, Ontario, was fined a total of $200,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge (an additional $50,000). This was for causing a discharge of dust into the natural environment and for failing t…

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