Michael Theroux

Michael Theroux

Bennett Jones LLP

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B.C. Supreme Court Upholds Recurring Short-Term Water Use Approvals

The B.C. Supreme Court has recently clarified the interpretation of section 8 of the B.C. Water Act. Section 8 relates to the power of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) to grant approvals to oil and gas companies for the...more

10/16/2014 - Canada Energy Exploration OGC Oil & Gas Water

BC Supreme Court Stresses “Polluter Pays” in Awarding Damages for Remediation of Contaminated Site

The BC Supreme Court recently clarified several principles under the Environmental Management Act relating to liability for remediation costs for contaminated sites. In JI Properties Inc v PPG Architectural Coatings Canada...more

10/6/2014 - Canada Contaminated Properties Environmental Liability Environmental Remediation Costs

B.C. Surface Rights Board Reduces Rent Payable After Landowners Fail to Prove Loss

In the recent decision of the B.C. Surface Rights Board in Encana Corporation v Perry Burl Piper and Leslie Lancelot Dowd, the Board awarded compensation to landowners less than the amount previously offered by the operator. ...more

9/25/2014 - Canada Just Compensation Land Owners Oil & Gas Property Damage Takings

B.C. Supreme Court Sets Aside B.C. Surface Rights Board Rent Review

In reasons released on May 30, 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court set aside the B.C. Surface Rights Board’s compensation award to a landowner in northern B.C. and remitted the case back to the Board for reconsideration: Progress...more

6/12/2014 - Canada Energy Land Owners Mineral Leases Mineral Rights Oil & Gas Surface Owner

Petition Challenges Short-Term Water Approvals in B.C.

On November 13, 2013, two environmental organizations filed a petition that challenges the lawfulness of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s (OGC) practice in granting approvals for the short-term use of water in hydraulic...more

1/17/2014 - Canada Environmental Policies Fracking Oil & Gas Permits

Settlement Privilege, Limitation Periods and the Meaning of Without Prejudice

In Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. v Penn West Petroleum Ltd., 2013 ABCA 10, the Alberta Court of Appeal explains the key principles of settlement privilege and confirms the important protection this provides. The Court addresses...more

12/13/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Canada Limitation Periods Litigation Privilege Privilege Waivers Settlement Settlement Privilege

PSAC Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct

On October 30, 2013, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) released a Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct for Canada. Eleven PSAC members with hydraulic fracturing operations in Canada helped create the Code...more

11/15/2013 - Canada Code of Conduct Fracking Oil & Gas

Limitation Changes in British Columbia

A new Limitation Act came into force in B.C. on June 1st, 2013. The Limitation Act, SBC 2012, c 13 (the “New Act”) is intended to simplify the process for civil claims and bring B.C.’s limitation periods in line with the...more

6/18/2013 - Canada Discoverable Limitation Periods Limitations Act Third-Party

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