SAVE THE DATE!
June 20 and 21, 2013,
The Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Due to the great demand for this year’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, the Explorer Hotel has limited availability with respect to hotel rooms. We have secured an additional block of rooms at the Days Inn, located at 4401 50 Ave (1-800-329-7466) and at the Yellowknife Inn, located at 5010 49 Street (1-867-873-2601). Please mention the Canadian Bar Association or the NEERLS conference to make a reservation. As well, there are several accommodation options within a few short blocks of the Explorer.
Charles J. Birchall, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
Duff Harper, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Ramona Sladic, Department of Justice Canada
John Donihee, McLennan Ross
Natural Resource and Energy Legal Developments: North and South of 60
Set against the backdrop of Canada’s arctic region, join us in an engaging program designed to provide private practitioners, in-house corporate and government counsel, regulators, and other professionals with an annual update on the hottest issues in the environmental, energy and resources law field.
Canada’s economy increasingly revolves around projects devoted to the extraction of its natural resources and the production of energy. As resource extraction projects gain attention, so too does the role of lawyers in the field. More and more, lawyers are advising clients and appearing before courts and tribunals on matters such as the environmental assessment of mining projects, the development of renewable energy generation projects, and the intersecting Aboriginal consultation process and accommodation issues.
This program will feature leading experts and practitioners discussing legal regimes and challenges associated with resource extraction projects such as mining and oil and gas extraction, spanning both north and south of 60. Substantive topics will address off-shore resource development, natural gas extraction, environmental assessment issues, renewable energy, streamlining regulatory processes, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility. Participants will gain a better understanding of how this burgeoning area is unfolding on the international, national, and local levels. This is a premier program with an added northern lens – not to be missed given the natural resource development opportunities north of 60.
Join us at the annual NEERLS section meeting:
Summit attendees are welcome to attend the NEERLS full-day business meeting on June 22. This is a terrific opportunity to get to know the NEERLS executive, to learn more about section activities, and to get involved!
We look forward to seeing you in Yellowknife in June 2013!
Call for Nominations
The National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section is seeking nominations for a Secretary and up to 10 Executive Members for the term September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.
For further details, please see the full Call for Nominations.
International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter
The April 2013 issue of the International Environmental and Resources Law Committee Newsletter is now available.
One of NEERLS' goals this year has been to reach out to colleagues in other countries with a view to gaining a better appreciation of the issues confronting them in the areas of environmental, energy and resources law. This first issue of the newsletter addresses subjects that are not only relevant but demonstrate that we have many of the same challenges in common and can draw on lessons learned in other places.
Upcoming Online PD
Federal Aspects of Environmental and Energy Regulation in Canada: A Practical Webinar Series Presentation
Presented live via webconference by the CBA's National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section
Many of us, in our day-to-day practices, deal primarily with provincial environmental and energy regulations. We are aware that the federal government plays a role, but federal law is sometimes unfamiliar ground. This is why NEERLS is featuring this inaugural webinar series about federal involvement in environmental and energy regulation.
Part I: Division of Powers & Federal Roles and Responsibilities
October 16, 2012 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Part II: Canadian Environmental Protection Act
November 20, 2012 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Part III: Canadian Environmental Protection Act – Toxics Regulation
January 22, 2013 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Part IV: Key Federal Energy Statutes
February 21, 2013 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Part V: Federal Water Statutes
April 23, 2013 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Part VI: Federal Conservation Statutes
June 11, 2013 | 12:00 - 13:30 ET
Click here for program information.
Darren Vallentgoed of Halifax named winner of CBA 2012 Law School Essay Contest David Estrin Prize
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Field Posts - April 2013
Substitution in Action - Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Allows Provincial Assessment of Two Mining Projects
On April 15, 2013, the Federal Minister of the Environment announced the approval of British Columbia's requests for substitution relating to the environment assessments of two projects in British Columbia, the Sukunka Coal Mine Project and the Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project.
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