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On November 30, 2012 the federal government denied approval for the EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development Project in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (the “Project”), due to the likelihood of significant adverse environmental effects.

The federal environmental assessment (“EA”) for this Project was first commenced on October 26, 2005. The Joint Review ...

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In a previous post, we highlighted the October 26, 2012 decision of the Joint Review Panel (“JRP”) in the Shell Jackpine Mine Expansion hearing regarding its jurisdiction to determine whether Crown consultation obligations had been discharged. The JRP concluded in that decision that its statutory jurisdiction did not include the authority to determine the adequacy ...

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On October 24, 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). If enacted, REDA will establish a single energy regulator and create a new regulatory framework for energy resource projects in Alberta.

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British Columbia has become the latest North American jurisdiction to give utility regulators – in this case the BC Utilities Commission -  the power to impose “administrative penalties”.  Administrative penalties are like fines, but are imposed directly by the regulator outside the court process.  The fines can range from $25,000 to $1,000,000 per day, depending on ...

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On October 26, 2012, the Joint Review Panel (the “Panel”) established to review the Jackpine Mine Expansion Project (the “Jackpine Project”) found that its statutory jurisdiction does not include the authority to adjudicate the adequacy of the Crown’s consultation with First Nations. As interested parties in the proceeding, the Athabasca Chipewyan First ...

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