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Environmental Law Alert Blog

Through our Environmental Law Alert blog, West Coast keeps you up to date on the latest developments and issues in environmental law. This includes:

  • proposed changes to the law that will weaken, or strengthen, environmental protection;
  • stories and situations where existing environmental laws are failing to protect the environment; and
  • emerging legal strategies that could be used to protect our environment.

If you have an environmental story that we should hear about, please e-mail Andrew Gage. We welcome your comments on any of the posts to this blog – but please keep in mind our policies on comments.

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July 20, 2015

I started as a summer student at WCEL in the beginning of May, and quickly found out how fast things move here.

July 18, 2015

In June 2014, the federal Cabinet issued an order approving Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project. Eight First Nations, four environmental organizations and one labour union have launched legal challenges to the federal government’s approval of the Project.

June 29, 2015

This is a guest post by Allison Russell, a lawyer at Rana Law, and Emily Beveridge, an articling student at Rana Law, who are part of the legal team representing a group of Treaty 8 First Nations in their legal challenges against the controversial Site C Dam.


June 15, 2015

A law student’s perspective of TWN’s announcement that it has denied approval of Kinder Morgan to proceed through in its territory.

May 13, 2015

The phrase “do as I say, not as I do” comes to mind.

May 13, 2015

Amid all the ocean stories dominating the headlines last week, like the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation’s decision to turn down a billion  dollar offer from an LNG proponent whose liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant is  located in a hotspot of salmon biodiversity where they traditionally f

April 13, 2015

Last month, Executive Director Jessica Clogg and I traveled to Ft. St.

March 16, 2015

On March 04, 2015, Blueberry River First Nations filed a ground breaking lawsuit at the BC Supreme Court, suing the Province for breach of Treaty 8 due to the cumulative impacts of intensive industrial development on their territo

March 15, 2015

I recently traveled up to the Northwest of BC to help facilitate the second round of community dialogue sessions on LNG and cumulative impacts management co-hosted by  West Coast Environmental Law and the 

February 16, 2015


The pile of lawsuits sitting on top of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and Tankers Project keeps getting bigger, and this time the Province of British Columbia has been dragged into the mix.