Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013
VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.
News Release, BC Government, March 15, 2013
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013
A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012
B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 22, 2012
Critics challenge assertion that changes to Act pose little risk
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has washed its hands of environmental assessments of the nearly 500 projects in B.C. as a result of a revised Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
OTTAWA --- The federal review panel assessing the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to B.C. is now demanding that Enbridge table a report from a U.S. regulator who concluded that the company acted like the Keystone Kops in a 2010 Michigan spill and had a corporate "culture of deviance."
Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
Critics outraged at rules that limit use of U.S. report likening Calgary company to Keystone Kops
News, CBC, July 10 2012
By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, Jul 10, 2012
Scientists, concerned citizens hold mock funeral in Ottawa to protest federal cuts
Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government.
News Release, CEAA, June 22 2012
The Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in south western British Columbia.
By Elizabeth May, The Tyee.ca, May 10, 2012
Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.
West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012
Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012
Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, April 25, 2012
A controversial hydroelectric project on northern Vancouver Island is poised to start construction, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not given an official goahead.
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012
Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out
Joyce Nelson, Rabble.ca, April 20 2012
On January 9, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver claimed that "environmental and other radical groups," including "jet-setting celebrities" funded by foreign money, "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological ends. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest."
By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, April 19, 2012
Minister pledges accountability in project decisions
By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, April 18, 2012
Citizens not ‘directly affected’ shouldn’t take part in environmental hearings
Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca, April 17 2012
What is puzzling about Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's announcement today of a streamlined environmental review process is the sense of urgency -- almost panic -- to get resources out of the ground and to market, as quickly as possible.
By Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice, 18 April 2012
On the heels of the 2012 budget speech, the federal government unveiled details yesterday of its plan to roll back environmental protections in Canada, which includes sweeping changes to the regulatory process used to scrutinize major industrial projects. Here are three ways the changes are a problem for Canadians and the clean water, air and land we all depend on:
OTTAWA --- B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake enthusiastically embraced the federal government's plan announce Tuesday to let provinces run environmental reviews of natural resource projects, but said Victoria may ask for federal money to handle that new responsibility.
CBC As It Happens, 18 Apr 2012
As It Happens talks with Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources about changes to environmental assessments in Canada.
Stuart Elgee, Professor specializing in environmental and natural resources law and policy at the University of Ottawa, responds.
By Andrew Davidson, CBC News, Apr 17, 2012
Sierra Club says Tories 'abdicating' responsibility to protect environment
Shawn McCarthy, John Ibbitson & Nathan Vanderklippe, Globe and MailApr. 17, 2012
The energy and mining industries are applauding the Harper government’s plan to dramatically shrink the federal oversight of proposed natural resource developments and hand over much of the responsibility to provinces.
By Jason Fekete, Postmedia News April 17, 2012
Massive overhaul of government environmental oversight
The Conservative government's overhaul of environmental assessments will consolidate federal reviews into three departments, focus resources on major projects and hand significant ecological oversight to the provinces.