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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Consequences of typical oil and gas projects in BC can be both global (greenhouse gas emissions) and local (seismic lines, roads, pumpjacks, etc.). The document helps citizens and communities better understand their own ...
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In three years, the BC government cut nearly 30% of public service jobs at the Ministry of Air, Water and Land Protection. This report documents a steady decrease in monitoring and enforcement capacity and looks at the ...
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In 2003 the Environmental Management Act was passed, replacing the Waste Management Act, as part of the BC government’s deregulation initiative. The proposed Waste Discharge Regulation would be created under the new ...
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This Guide aims to increase green building in BC, by providing a central resource to the suite of regulatory and policy tools currently available to local governments to support green building design/practices. It ...
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This report details the range of tools local governments use to protect the agricultural working landscape and includes specific examples of local government by-laws & policies. Its purpose is to encourage local ...
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This report examines enforcement trends for a number of BC’s key environmental laws from 1990 to 2005 & identifies some of the reasons for them. It highlights existing barriers that prevent in-depth analysis, & ...
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This submission makes recommendations regarding access to information about compensation details in petroleum and natural gas surface lease agreements.
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This is a four page brochure that identifies the potential implications of lifting the tanker moratorium and of allowing the Enbridge oil pipeline across northern BC. It looks at risks of oil spills and other potential ...
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This paper outlines the ways that working farms contribute to the ecological health of an area, and how Land Trusts can contribute to supporting and helping farms make that contribution.
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The Forest and Range Practices Act of 2002 brought in a new era of forestry deregulation that placed an unprecedented degree of control over public resources in the hands of forest companies. There are inadequate checks ...
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