Use and Environmental Management of Natural Resources in Canada

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

When it comes to natural resources in Canada, we’ve made the most of our abundant resources.  So much so that our natural resources account for 17% of the Gross Domestic Product, and nearly two million people in Canada are employed (directly or indirectly) getting these resources to market. The mining, use, and management of various natural resources is often lauded and vilified in the same sentence.  Some of these natural resources are essential for life. Improper uses or...

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Fish Kills, Monetary Fines, Embarrassing Notices, and Concerns About Excess Soil

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of the environmental issues that we routinely address in the regulated community are not going to make the evening news.  They are just not newsworthy.  However, when those issues reach the point of violations/enforcement, or when there is distrust regarding the proposed activity, there is plenty of press.  From a “risk communication” standpoint, these prickly issues fall into consensus and crises communication. Release Leads to Fish Kill The fire and subsequent...

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Energy Company Fined and Heated Debate Over Energy and Climate Continue

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

A subsidiary of Husky Energy was fined nearly four million dollars for a spill from a pipeline.  The issue dates back to June 2016 when 225,000 litres of diluted crude was released near the North Saskatchewan River – 90,000 litres reached the river. The company vice president of pipelines, Duane Rae, said the “damage has been done to both the company’s reputation and the entire Western Canadian energy industry.” Husky’s release was in violation of the Fisheries Act...

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Excess Soils in Ontario: What You Need to Know

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In our annual informal survey at CANECT, we asked those in attendance, “What is the most important environmental issue facing the regulated community?”  One of the common themes was keeping up with changing regulatory requirements.  Perhaps nothing exemplifies this frustration more (trying to keep up with and understand your obligations) than the issue of excess soil (policy/practices/regulation). In 2016, we wrote an article in Environmental Science and Engineering (“How...

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Changes in Ontario: Environmental Commissioner’s Office and TRA Eliminated

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

While the environmental violation by Air Liquide Canada happened two years ago (April 2017), the matter was recently settled in court.  The violation, a release of 815 kilograms of ammonia, resulted in some people seeking shelter and one person who experienced eye and throat irritation.  For Air Liquide Canada, it cost them $100,000 and another $25,000 victim surcharge (paid to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks). This violation was relatively minor when...

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