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Peel River Watershed Decision Results In Environment Groups Suing Yukon Government, File No.:99001-100

Nacho Nyak Dun, theTr’ondek Hwech’in (two First Nations), the Canadian Park sand Wilderness Society and the Yukon Conservation Society are suing the Yukon government over the land use plan for the Peel River watershed on the...more

Bureau of Land Management to Focus Anew on Venting and Flaring on Federal and Indian Lands

Consistent with the administration’s ongoing focus on methane emissions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is initiating a process of inviting feedback for the anticipated rulemaking regarding Onshore Oil and Gas Order 9,...more

Fish And Wildlife Service Considers Increased Regulation Of Oil And Gas In Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on February 24 that it will be developing proposed regulations to adopt a significantly more stringent approach to the management of oil and gas activities associated with any...more

Tighter Regulations Amid the Fracking Fray: The Bureau of Land Management’s proposals could affect production on 700 million acres...

The federal government is poised to tighten regulation of hydraulic fracturing — the drilling method behind the boom in U.S. natural gas production — by proposing to revise rules affecting 700 million acres of federal and...more

Washington State Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling: “Overriding Considerations Of The Public Interest” Do Not Justify...

On October 3, 2013, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. Wash. Dept. of Ecology (No. 87672-0, Wash. Oct. 3, 2013) that the Department of Ecology exceeded its authority by applying...more

B.C.’s Highest Court Releases Significant Decision on Government Approvals for “Brown Field” Sites

On September 26, 2013, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Stellat’en First Nation (Stellat’en) and confirmed that Crown consultation was adequate in granting the approvals for the Thompson Creek...more

Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed...more

Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013

On August 16, 2013, the Government of Alberta ("Alberta") released its Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Natural Resource Management, 2013 (the "Policy"). The Policy is the product of extensive consultation with...more

New Mining Act: A Detailed Review

In this article: - New Mining Act – Bill 43 - Exploration Phase - Procedure, Duty to Disclose and Reports - Mining Restrictions - Management of Mining Claims - Extraction Phase...more

BLM Revises Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a revised proposed rule regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands for oil and gas production....more

BLM Issues Revised Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a revised proposed rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking.” ...more

Canada’s Supreme Court Requires Aboriginal Groups to Follow Statutory Process

On May 9, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Behn v. Moulton Contracting Ltd., 2013 SCC 26, affirming that Aboriginal groups seeking to challenge the validity of permits or authorizations granted to...more

Changes to First Nations Consultation in Alberta

On April 2, 2013, Alberta released a draft of The Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013 (the "Draft Policy"). The Government's deadline for comments on...more

Aboriginal Law – The Crown’s Duty to Consult and the Involvement of Natural Resources Proponents in the Consultation Process

Natural resources proponents are often deeply involved in consultations with Aboriginal communities that may be affected by their projects. How far can the Crown delegate its constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal people...more

Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act Introduced into the Alberta Legislature

On May 8, 2013, Alberta’s Aboriginal Relations Minister introduced Bill 22, the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act, into the Legislature in an effort to provide Aboriginal groups in Alberta with the capacity and funding...more

Federal Court Provides Guidance on Adequacy of Consultation About Environmental Assessments of Major Resource Projects

On April 23, 2013, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision dismissing an application commenced by the Conseil des Innus de Ekuanitshit (the Applicant) to judicially review the Order in Council (OIC) issued on the...more

Renewable Energy Update -- April 23, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - ..Weakest quarter for clean energy investment since 2009, Bloomberg - Apr 14: Global investment in clean energy in the first three months of 2013 was lower than in any quarter for the...more

A Look at the Obama Administration’s Upcoming Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

This spring, the oil industry and environmental groups are expecting the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to issue a revised rule that will regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal and...more

The Recent “Culvert Decision” in United States v. Washington Is Likely To Have Significant Implications For Governmental and...

On March 29, 2013, United States District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez ordered the State of Washington to replace culverts under State owned roads that block the passage of salmon to critical habitat. The court earlier found...more

US District Court Judge Orders Washington Highway Culverts Opened for Fish Passage

Federal district court Judge Ricardo Martinez has issued a permanent injunction requiring the Washington State Department of Transportation (“WSDOT”), the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington...more

BC and Canada sign MOU on substitution of environmental assessments

A new agreement between British Columbia and Canada may streamline the environmental assessment (EA) for projects that require both provincial and federal review. The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO)...more

Focus on Mining: The New Fisheries Act: What Miners Need To Know

The repeal and enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal legislation is the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (EA) since the legislation was...more

The Amorphous "Unusual Circumstances" Exception to CEQA's Categorical Exemption Strikes Again

Voices for Rural Living v. El Dorado Irrigation District, Super. Ct. No. PC20080398, (Oct. 4, 2012) The recent Voices for Rural Living v. El Dorado Irrigation District case from the California Court of Appeal’s Third...more

White House Announces Expedited Schedule for Renewable Energy Projects

On August 7, the White House announced an expedited approval schedule for seven solar and wind projects on federal and tribal lands in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming totaling 5,000 megawatts (MW) of energy-producing...more

“CEQA’s Unusual Circumstances Exception To Small Structures Categorical Exemption Is Applied By Third District To Water Supply MOU...

As the regulated community eagerly awaits completion of briefing at the Supreme Court in the Berkeley Hillside Preservation case, the Courts of Appeal continue to decide CEQA categorical exemption cases – as is their...more

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