TRYING TO TWO-TIME THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT

21. January 2020 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the government adopted a largely ad hoc approach to updating the CSR, which has, in some cases, resulted in outdated standards.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 ...

Developers’ Notes: Perfect Profile – Development and Site Profile Process

07. June 2019 0
The site profile process is designed to screen for contaminated sites and to ensure that remediation of a site is completed (or at least managed) before redevelopment.  Although often considered a routine step, submitting a site profile can have significant implications for the owner of property planning redevelopment, including unexpected investigation, remediation, and construction delays.  ...