Summary

BLG’s Environmental Group prides itself on providing informed, practical advice to our clients in industry.  We view our practice as supportive of business success.  We are goal- and solution- oriented advisors.

Our clients in mining and other heavy industrial sectors seek advice on matters ranging from initial approvals and operating permits (e.g. wastewater and water-taking permits; air/noise approvals; waste treatment and disposal) to closure planning.  We assist our clients in assessing emerging trends in legislation (e.g. migratory birds and endangered species), new regulation and policy.  We have conducted complex, multi-jurisdictional due diligence reviews in connection with acquisitions and sales of mining properties. Members of our Group include transactions lawyers, regulatory specialists, and litigators with experience acting in the defence of civil claims and prosecutions.  Members of the Group in our Toronto office are also experienced in advising and advocating for the granting of land use permissions.

Publications & Presentations

The 12th Annual BLG Environmental Law Update

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Publications

Presentations

  • "Gone Fishing or Just Gone? Fish Habitat After Bill C-38 (and other Fisheries Act changes)," Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Yellowknife, NWT, June 21, 2013.
  • "Contaminated Sites Regulation: Fitting within the scheme of the Environmental Management Act," Site Remediation in BC: From Policy to Practice seminar by Ministry of Environment, Vancouver, March 8, 2013.
  • "Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate and Real Estate Valuation," OEA Annual Fall Conference, October 24, 2008.
  • "Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate Change and Real Estate Valuation," Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, June 6, 2008.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Environmental Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2016 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada.

Representative Work

  • Defence counsel in prosecutions under various regulatory statutes, including the federal Fisheries Act, the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, the Environmental Protection Act (Ontario), the BC Environmental Management Act, the Quebec Environment Quality Act, and the Water Act (Alberta).
  • Representation before a number of regulatory and quasi-judicial tribunals such as the Environmental Appeal Board (Alberta and BC), the Environmental Review Tribunal (Ontario), the BC Forest Appeals Commission, the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the Tribunal Administrative du Québec, the Bureau des Audiences Publiques du Québec (“BAPE”), and the Québec Municipal Commission.
  • Acting in complex civil matters arising from pollution occurrences that result in property damage and personal injury.
  • Project-based environmental approvals for major construction and energy projects, including commercial in situ oil sands (SAGD and other oil & gas projects), and transmission and other electrical facility builds.
  • Environmental due diligence for domestic and international mining acquisitions and financings.
  • Advising project proponents on federal, provincial and environmental assessment process requirements, timelines and mechanisms for process efficiency.
  • Counsel on regional and local land-use planning, zoning and site plan approvals.
  • Environmental insurance coverage issues, including dispute resolution, and environmental insurance defence.
  • Providing legal and public policy advice to electricity generators, utilities, trade associations and NGOs on federal, provincial, and municipal climate change legislation.
  • Advising on the Ontario Security Commission’s requirements for continuous disclosure related to environmental matters (National Instrument 51-102).
  • Assisting clients in accessing new federal government Credit for Early Action Program for facilities that could be subject to industrial air emissions regulations.