West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law is BC’s legal champion for the environment. For over 40 years, West Coast has provided the expert research and analysis needed to inform strong environmental laws. Through our free advice and information service, environmental legal aid program, workshops, and publications, West Coast empowers citizens and organizations to protect our environment and provides a balanced and authoritative resource upon which British Columbians can rely.

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This web-based, searchable guide gives BC residents an overview all of the laws and planning processes that govern watershed management in BC, organized by categories: a) accessing government; b) issues and topics; c) ...
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This discussion paper analyses the impacts and implications of Forest Act amendments contained in Bills 27, 28, 29, 44 & 45 for BC First Nations. These bills represent a complete overhaul of the regime for forest tenure ...
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This 3-page document focuses on the potential impacts of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project on First Nations and other communities living downstream of the pipeline's river crossings.
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Provincial law & policy presents barriers to First Nations land use planning. This paper provides a historical overview of strategic land use planning in BC, highlights key considerations in reforming law and policy in ...
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A look at BC’s local government experience implementing engineered green infrastructure designs. It encourages successful designs by reporting on legal & policy strategies, what some of the implementation ...
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This 6-page document analyzes the limitations of the proposed review process for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project, and proposes solutions.
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This 34-page report provides background information and analysis relating to air quality issues on and around Indian Reserves in BC.
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This 4-page brochure looks at the risks and benefits of this project. It answers 10 key questions about the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, from What is the Project?, to How likely is a spill?, to Will the law ...
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This report concentrates on the impacts of land-based oil and gas development, rather than offshore impacts, and presents a ten-point mitigation plan. Adoption of each of these ten points is essential for BC to be on a ...
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In 2005 the GVRD moved to adopt a new Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) with the aim of maintaining and improving GVRD air quality. In several ways, the 2005 Draft AQMP is an improvement from the 1994 plan, but it also ...
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