PROPOSED CHANGES TO B.C.’S SITE PROFILE SYSTEM ADDRESS PERCEIVED GAPS AND WEAKNESSES IN THE PROCESS

31. January 2020 0
The Ministry of Environment’s (“MOE”) site profile system is a process to screen for potentially contaminated sites. Through this system, the MOE and certain municipalities coordinate their respective functions to identify and address environmental risk. The anticipated changes are designed to address perceived gaps and weaknesses in the process. Current System The current system requires ...

TRYING TO TWO-TIME THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT

31. December 2019 0
Environmental Assessment Certificates Restricted to One Five‑Year Extension under the Environmental Assessment Act Obtaining an environmental assessment certificate is an important early step for any large environmental project.  However, factors outside of one’s control can often produce delays which, in turn, prevent substantial work from being completed on a project in a timely manner.  Although ...

“THE HIGH COST OF REMEDIATION” – The Importance of Having Clear and Transparent Communication on Fees

30. September 2019 0
The decision of A Speedy Solutions Oil Tank Removal Inc. v. Garraway, 2019 BCSC 1091 provides remediation companies along with both sellers and purchasers of properties alike with an important and timely reminder of the need for clear and transparent communication with respect to fees and how professional services will be charged. At its core, ...

Omnibus Update to the Contaminated Sites Regulation: What you need to know

12. June 2019 0
The British Columbia provincial government ushered in a significant update to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (the “CSR”) on November 1, 2017.  Historically, the government adopted a largely ad hoc approach to updating the CSR, which has, in some cases, resulted in outdated standards.  In order to address this issue, the provincial government implemented an “Omnibus” ...

Landlord Liability: Polluting Tenants are Bad for Business

11. June 2019 0
Although it is standard practice for landlords to build several provisions into their commercial lease agreements to guard against liability exposure stemming from their tenants’ operations on their land, few landlords appear to fully appreciate the potential environmental liability risks that they are exposed to as a result of their tenants’ activities, which exist both ...