Connection timed out after 2001 milliseconds Environmental Assessments | Energy in BC & beyond

Hot Links

Northern Gateway
 CEAA, NEB, Enbridge

Site C
 BC Hydro Site C

The GSX Story

Environmental Assessments

Public input wanted on NS offshore drilling program

Greg Bennett,, Dec 3 2013

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

First Nations declare victory against Taseko's B.C. mine

CBC News, Nov 01, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes

First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko's New Prosperity mine proposal poses "significant adverse environmental effects".

Harper government amends list of industrial projects requiring environmental reviews

Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, April 28, 2013

OTTAWA — Building a diamond mine, expanding an oilsands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government’s new environmental rules.But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process the heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as chemical explosive plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations prior to approval.

Stephen Harper’s “omnibus” strategy to overhaul green laws was proposed by oil industry, says records

Mike DeSouza,, April 10 2013

OTTAWA – Lobbyists from Canada’s oil and gas industry recommended the Harper government’s 2012 strategy to put multiple changes to a series of environmental protection laws into a single piece of legislation, says a newly-released internal federal document.

Enbridge pipeline opponents say hearings unfair

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.

Confusion reigns over review of New Prosperity

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.

Company to sue B.C. government over Morrison Lake gold mine rejection

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Feb 15 2013

Victoria — The B.C. Liberal government is facing legal action over a decision to deny an environmental certificate to a proposed copper and gold mine on the shores of Morrison Lake in the province’s northern interior.

Environmental protections don't keep pace with resource boom: audit

Andy Johnson,, Feb. 5, 2013

A vast disparity exists between Ottawa's rush to develop Canada's natural resources and the rules and regulations governing that development -- resulting in major environmental and economic risks, an audit from Canada’s environment commissioner has found.

It's Time to Rewrite BC's Environmental Laws

News Release, Environmental Law Centre, Dec 20, 2012

Today the ELC announced the release of Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals. This book is a series of 35 short, readable articles – punctuated by photos and cartoons - that describe key environmental law reforms the next provincial government should consider.

Mine project rejection seems strange

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, October 10, 2012

The more you look at the Environment Ministry's handling of the Morrison Mine proposal, the more unusual it gets.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s 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.

Feds drop environmental assessment of 492 projects

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.

Death of scientific evidence mourned on Parliament Hill

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.

The case for strong environmental assessment

Calvin Sandborn, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. — Winston Churchill

Canadians should worry about Bill C-38 — Ottawa’s bid to gut the Environmental Assessment Act.

Scientists, ex-ministers slam federal changes to Fisheries Act

Doug Ward, Peter O'Neil, Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, May 29, 2012

The federal government is sabotaging its own legislated requirement to protect endangered freshwater fish by weakening the Fisheries Act, four former federal fisheries ministers from B.C. and Canadian scientists say in separate letters to the Harper government.

Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act

By Elizabeth May, The, May 10, 2012

Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.

Budget Bill Declares War on Environment

West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012

Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers

Tories unveil revised fisheries law, deny it's a move to boost pipelines

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012

Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses

Power Project a Go for Kokish River

by Wilderness Committee, Pacific Free Press, April 26, 2012

Power project goes ahead despite lack of final OK

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.

B.C. has surrendered its sovereignty in pipeline hearings, analyst warns

By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2012

Hearings assessing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and legislative changes planned in Ottawa compromise the province’s sovereignty and threaten its authority to defend British Columbians’ interests, warns a letter from Robyn Allan, the former president of ICBC, to Premier Christy Clark and other leading provincial politicians.

Natural Gas

Click here for selected market,
commodity & currency charts



Arthur Caldicott for hire