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Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act guidance released
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • October 14 2011

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) recently released the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act Administrative Guide (Guide) together with a series of supporting technical bulletins


Regulations for certain coal-fired electricity generators
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • September 6 2011

The federal government has proposed the regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired generators of electricity


Supreme Court rejects greenhouse gas nuisance lawsuit
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • July 5 2011

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of American Electric Power Co., Inc., v. Connecticut, reversing the Second Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that would have allowed a group of states, cities and land trusts, including New York State and New York City, to pursue federal public nuisance lawsuits against certain large U.S. electric power plants with regard to their carbon dioxide emissions


Environmental Protection Agency issues new natural gas drilling regulations
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • June 1 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued regulations governing emissions of air pollutants from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells


Province sets new geothermal drilling rules
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • June 1 2012

On May 18, 2012, the Ontario government reported that, effective immediately, it would adopt new rules to regulate vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal energy systems


States sign agreement on offshore wind development
  • Torys LLP
  • USA
  • April 26 2012

On March 30, 2012, New York, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and several federal U.S. agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to streamline offshore wind development in the Great Lakes


Canada and Nova Scotia coordinate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • April 26 2012

The environment ministers of Canada and Nova Scotia recently announced that their governments are working toward an equivalency agreement on coal-fired electricity generation greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations


Proposed nuclear liability legislation
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • March 31 2009

On March 24, 2009, the federal government introduced Bill C-20, the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act, into Parliament for first reading


Supreme Court rules on federal environmental assessment and treaty rights
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • September 30 2010

On May 14, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in the case of Quebec (Attorney General) v. Moses, which involved a planned mining project in an area governed by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. Local Cree and Inuit communities, the province of Quebec and the federal government entered into this agreement in 1975 to provide a governance framework for economic development, social development and natural resource management in the James Bay region of Quebec


Renewable Energy Approval fees published
  • Torys LLP
  • Canada
  • January 31 2011

The MOE recently published the list of fees that it will be charging, as of March 15, 2011, for all Renewable Energy Approval (REA) applications