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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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Weaver
June 1, 2017

In 2013, after Christy Clark’s unexpected election win, we wrote a post about what environmental wins we might expect from her new government.

Kinder Morgan Quote
May 31, 2017

Kinder Morgan’s risky Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion just got a whole lot riskier, just as the company was taking steps to offload some of that risk onto Canadian 

Gangotri Glacier
May 2, 2017

“Dear Chevron – you may have noticed that I’ve been melting a little faster of late, because of fossil fuel pollution from your products (among others).  That’s a problem, because I’m the main source of water for hundreds of millions of people – not to mention all the other species that depend on me, too. What do you plan to do about it?

Profiles of party leaders: John Horgan (BC NDP), Andrew Weaver (BC Green), and Christy Clark (BC Liberal)
April 11, 2017

In an earlier post we compared the BC Liberal and BC NDP Climate plans in advance of the upcoming election.  At the time the BC Green Party had not released its climate plan. 

Light-blue fabric patch with words "United we beat Enbridge"
April 9, 2017

Back in December we blogged that it was worth taking a moment to celebrate and reflect on the final rejection of the long-beleaguered Enbridge Northern Gateway project, even though it was announced simultaneously with the federal approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain proposal (an

SSN Declaration
April 6, 2017

In early April, the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund team had an opportunity to visit some of our grantees in Secwepemc territory/Kamloops and participate in a declaration of solidarity and support for the Secwepemc decision to reject the proposed Ajax mine.

March 13, 2017

Alright Vancouver Island peeps. Listen up:

March 12, 2017

It’s been a while since we’ve updated you about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (KMX). A lot has happened in the past few months, so here’s a snapshot of where we’re at:

Political approvals

January 30, 2017

The words on this button have become my mantra: “Water Is Sacred. No Pipelines.” Isaac Murdoch’s image of Thunderwoman – the same image we see on social media, at Standing Rock, at protests encouraging divestment – is doodled into my notebook, on my calendar and emblazoned on my hoodie.

January 3, 2017

From providing legal aid for communities to defend their environment, to revitalizing Indigenous laws, and holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in climate change – this year the West Coast team will continue working toward a better future for people and the environment in Canada.

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