Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
A Big Island resident, Ian Hanna, launched judicial review today to block renewable energy approvals under the regulations recently adopted to implement Bill 150, the Green Energy Act. Mr. Hanna argues that it is contrary to the precautionary principle to allow wind energy development in Ont…Continue reading the post titled Can the precautionary principle be used to block wind energy?
Ontario's GHG reporting regulation
The Ministry of the Environment is seeking comments until November 6 on a draft Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting regulation and guideline. The draft is very similar to the US GHG reporting regulation which was adopted last month. The regulation proposes:Continue reading the post titled Ontario's GHG reporting regulation
Is Wal-Mart’s green agenda for real?
We love the concept of mega-corporations competing on their “sustainability quotient”, as long as the results are legitimate and not just greenwashing. Wal-Mart deserves credit for its new initiative, but also careful scrutiny to see what it produces.Continue reading the post titled Is Wal-Mart’s green agenda for real?
Will wind destabilize our grid?
At higher levels of renewable generation, power balancing is only possible when wind energy generators share the risk and responsibility of matching generation to load.Continue reading the post titled Will wind destabilize our grid?
The most important environmental cases of 2009
What do you think are the most important environmental law cases in Canada in 2009 so far?Continue reading the post titled The most important environmental cases of 2009
General Chemical directors settle personal claim
This spring, the Environmental Review Tribunal approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Ministry of the Environment and the officers and directors of General Chemical. General Chemical famously declared bankruptcy, abandoning a badly contaminated lagoon. Just before bankruptcy,…Continue reading the post titled General Chemical directors settle personal claim
GHG reporting in Ontario
Ontario has released its draft regulations expanding greenhouse gas emission reporting in Ontario. Parallelling the GHG emisson reporting regulation recently adopted in the US, this regulation will gather the data necessary to support the promised cap and trade program.Continue reading the post titled GHG reporting in Ontario
Real climate leadership
Canada’s inaction on climate change was underscored again by Monday’s stunning announcement from Barack Obama’s White House. Demonstrating a commitment to lead by example, President Obama signed an Executive Order (attached) that sets sustainability goals for Federal agenci…Continue reading the post titled Real climate leadership
More details on climate change civil suit
For a more detailed analysis of using nuisance to successfully sue major emitters of greenhouse gases, Connecticut v. American Electric, see my article in this week’s Lawyers Weekly.Continue reading the post titled More details on climate change civil suit
Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA
The [applicants] bring this Application only in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Canadian government is attempting to avoid its obligation to implement the SARA so as to protect Canada’s at-risk species.Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice puts teeth in SARA