The Supreme Court of Canada recognizes that protection of the environment is one of the great challenges of our time. Over many decades, Parliament, the Legislature of Alberta, and municipal bodies, have created laws to protect the environment in Alberta. These laws now collectively govern the effects of human activity on the environment. These laws control pollution and manage the environmental impacts of oil and gas, mining, agriculture and forestry; and these laws also determine how environmental effects are assessed, and by whom these affects are assessed and controlled. Shores Jardine LLP can assist those who are engaged in environmental law, by advising or representing them.
Our experience includes representing tribunals charged with assessing environmental impacts, representing parties who appear before such tribunals, including the National Energy Board, Alberta Energy Regulator and Alberta Utilities Commission, and representing parties involved in Court cases associated with this work including defence of those who may be charged with environmental offences. We have experience in matters ranging from development of exploratory sour oil wells near Drayton Valley, to Imperial Oil’s Mackenzie Gas Project, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, the Total Joslyn Oil Sands Mine Project, the Shell Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Expansion Project, the Brion Energy (PetroChina) SAGD Project, EnCana’s Shallow Gas In-Fill Project at the Suffield National Wildlife Area, and Cogema’s Kiggavik uranium mine project near Bake Lake, Nunavut.