ELC Logo
News Brief
Month Day, 20XX


Well, here it is: the new, improved News Brief. In this issue we'll have a look at reclaiming well sites, recent changes to environmental law, water as a public resource and ATV management. We'll also take a few moments to celebrate Earth Day, of course. 

As always, we love to hear from you, our readers, and hope you'll email your questions, comments and suggestions for content to Leah at lorr@elc.ab.ca

Hope you enjoy and Happy Earth Day!

Regulating well site retirement to benefit the environment

Ever wonder what happens to all those well sites after they've been pumped dry? In theory, the operator is responsible for cleanup, but in reality tens of thousands of sites currently sit vacant across Alberta. Why? Because few regulatory tools exist to ensure timely abandonment and reclamation. This lack of tools results in increased risk of environmental damages, including contaminated soil and water, disturbed landscapes and reduced biodiversity.

Seeing a need for regulatory change, ELC Staff Counsel Jason Unger researched and crafted a terrific resource that will provide the expertise and tools for policy makers to take action to improve the landscape. With generous funding from the Alberta Law Foundation, we have just released this resource. Next we will be engaging with stakeholders from industry and government to encourage them to step up and clean up their act. 

Click here to read the report.

Other News:

In 2012, the landscape of Canadian federal environmental assessment law was completely altered. In a recent issue of Law Now Brenda Heelan Powell, Staff Counsel, lays out what has changed and what those changes mean. Read more.


How are you celebrating? Going for a hike or walk? Spending some time in nature? Attending an Earth Day event in your community
Here at the Environmental Law Centre we're working hard today and every day to help build an Alberta where the environment is a priority. You can help us by making a generous donation today. Support the ELC.

Leah Orr
Communications Coordinator


Facebook   Twitter