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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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Salmon-BC (Photo: Ratha Grimes via Flickr)
May 11, 2018

BC’s Skeena watershed is a spectacular salmon breeding ground: the river and estuary are wild, undammed, and full not only of salmon but of herring, eulachon and waterfowl.

May 7, 2018

Now’s the time to raise your voice to help stem the rising tide of plastic waste, before it turns into a tsunami.

English Bay Spill 2015 Jeremy Board
April 18, 2018

The 2015 Marathassa fuel spill in the Vancouver harbour, and the 2017

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make sure that our waters and coast are protected from oil spills – not just from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers, but from any source for the future – through the modernization of our oil spill regulations in BC.

Fin Whale by Tavish Campbell
March 29, 2018

Has the north coast oil tanker ban stalled in Parliament?

Sockeye salmon school (Photo: Tavish Campbell)
March 20, 2018

As neighbouring US jurisdictions like Washington State move to ban fish farming on the Pacific coast and ‘Namgis First Nation

Adelie penguins (Maryann Watson)
March 7, 2018

A colony of nesting Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. (Photo: Maryann Watson)

Seal trapped in plastic (Nels Israelson/Flickr)
February 8, 2018

Global problems – like our plastic-choked seas – need global solutions.

Seagull with plastic bag
January 25, 2018

Plastics permeate all aspects of our daily lives. Now plastic pollution plagues the planet. Marine plastic debris is pervasive, persistent, and has grave consequences for marine ecosystems.   

Consider these facts:

Trudeau kayaks in Gulf Islands, 2017 (Prime Minister's Office)
December 21, 2017

Last January, The Atlantic magazine named Barack Obama “America’s Ocean President” for protecting a larger ocean area than any former commanders-in-chief.

Bloodwater discharge (Photo: Tavish Campbell)
November 29, 2017

Shocking video footage released this week by BC photographer Tavish Campbell and replayed by media across the country shows a disturbing torrent of bloody wastewater from fish farm processing plants pumping directly into the ocean.