Category Archives: Energy Regulation

Federal Carbon Tax Is Legal: Ontario Court of Appeal

On Friday June 28, 2019, Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its decision upholding the federal government of Canada’s constitutional right to impose a nationwide price on carbon emissions. The Ontario provincial government, which brought the challenge, will seek leave to … Continue reading

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Husky Oil fined $2.7 million for oil pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River

The Energy East Pipeline approval application to the National Energy Board faced considerable opposition from numerous intervenors not least Indigenous communities, many of whom where concerned about the potential impact of an oil pipeline spill into the rivers and lakes  … Continue reading

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Environmental Law Moot – the Orphan Well Decision

I had the pleasure last week of joining with other senior members of the Ontario environmental law bar to help judge the 2019 Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot. Thank you to my colleagues at Willms & Shier for inviting … Continue reading

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NEB recommends approval of Trans Mountain Expansion Project

In what will undoubtedly prove to be a controversial move with environmental and Indigenous groups, the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its Reconsideration report to the Government of Canada on Friday of last week, with an overall recommendation that the … Continue reading

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Provincial Environmental Obligations Prevail Over Federal Bankruptcy Laws – Supreme Court of Canada

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the case of Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al.Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al.  The decision writes another chapter in … Continue reading

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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Green Energy Act – Municipalities to have final say on new energy projects

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has announced today that it has introduced legislation to repeal the Green Energy Act including those provisions that stripped away the power of local municipalities to block wind and solar farms. The proposed legislation gives the … Continue reading

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Ontario government issues its Long Term Energy Plan 2017 as Opposition plans to unwind cap and trade

As Kathleen’s Wynne’s government releases Ontario’s  2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), Delivering Fairness and Choice,  Patrick Brown’s Progressive Conservative Party  (PCP) prepares to vote on two policy resolutions that seek to unwind major parts of the Liberal environmental strategy. Among the recommended policy resolutions … Continue reading

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TransCanada withdraws Energy East pipeline application

The Energy East pipeline review application is at an end. TransCanada wrote to the National Energy Board (NEB) on October 5, 2017 formally withdrawing its applications for the Energy East Project, Asset Transfer (Energy East) and Eastern Mainline Project (EMP) (collectively, … Continue reading

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National Energy Board proposes consideration of upstream and downstream GHG emissions in Energy East Hearing

The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking public input on what topics should be considered in the review of the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects. The public will have until May 31 to provide their comments. The Hearing … Continue reading

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Ontario Cutting Electricity Bills by 25 Per Cent

Ontario announced today that, starting this summer; it will lower electricity bills by an average of 25 per cent for all residential customers as part of Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan. These measures include the eight per cent rebate introduced in … Continue reading

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