Publications


Protecting Human Health: Requiring Setbacks Around Feedlots


Concentrated animal feedlot operations (“CAFOs”), also known as intensive livestock operations, present numerous environmental and human health risks to their surrounding communities. One particular concern is the potential for contamination of ready-to-eat crops being grown at neighbouring farms. This contamination may occur when manure or manure dust is transported to the field growing ready to eat >


Protecting the Islands off of Oak Bay (Tl’ches and the other Songhees Islands)


Report researching legal options for providing better environmental protection of the islands and water off of Oak Bay while respecting First Nations land uses, cultural sites, rights and title. The area in question includes the triangle formed by Chatham/Discovery (Tl’ches) Island, Ten Mile Point and Trial Island.


Compost Regulation in British Columbia: Regulatory Overview, Best Practices and Recommendations for Law Reform


When done properly, composting offers many benefits to communities and the environment. This ELC report, prepared for Ray Baker and Lee Hardy, sets out some of the common concerns associated with large-scale composting operations, examines existing regulations and makes recommendations for law reform in BC.


Professional Reliance and Environmental Regulation in British Columbia

Professional Reliance and Environmental Regulation in British Columbia


Over the last decade the BC government embarked on a major law reform initiative to reduce the “regulatory burden” on industry. They reduced the size of the civil service and its role in resource management governance, which increased our dependence upon professionals employed by industry proponents to meet the public interest in natural resource management >


Request for a Drinking Water Health Hazard Prevention Order regarding the proposed Raven Coal Project


Made on behalf of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society and supported by Fanny Bay Waterworks and Ships Point Improvement District,– two water suppliers below the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project, this ELC request asks the Drinking Water Officer to issue an order under the Drinking Water Protection Act. For more information, click here.


Mount Polley

Not An Act of God: The Embankment Failure at Mount Polley Mine


January 7, 2015 Victoria, BC – In early December, the ELC filed a submission to the Mount Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel entitled, “Not an Act of God.” Written by ELC Intensive Stream students under the supervision of senior ELC lawyers, the report examines the facts and issues that may have contributed >