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Fracking, Methane And Drinking Water

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing . Jackson is a professor at Duke...

Do Pollution Exclusion Clauses Work in Canada?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Will pollution exclusion clauses stand up in commercial general liability insurance policies? The Ontario Court of Appeal says yes, when they are directed at activities likely to cause traditional soil and water pollution. See ING Insurance Company of...

Waste diversion, odour and climate change

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Clare Booth Luce, the famous American playwright, journalist, ambassador, and Congresswoman, used to say, "no good deed goes unpunished". To my regret, this sardonic and rather depressing phrase is, all too often, a good description of environmental...

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing, and the final report will be released in November...

How Green Is My Carpet?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Are carpets safe? It depends on the person, on the carpet and on how you look after it. What’s in a carpet? Traditional or antique carpets may be made of wool, silk, cotton or other natural fibres; some use vegetable or mushroom-based colours...

More Thinking About Smith v Inco – A Videocast Analysis by Dianne Saxe

Noted Canadian environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has prepared an excellent video analysis of a recent Canadian appellate decision, Smith v. Inco , that looks at the application of the famous strict liability case from England , Rylands v. Fletcher, [1868] UKHL 1, (1868) 3 L.R. 330 , in an environmental...

A Videocast on the Application of Rylands v. Fletcher In Nuisance Actions

Noted Canadian environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has prepared an excellent video analysis of a recent Canadian appellate decision, Smith v. Inco , that looks at the application of the famous strict liability case from England , Rylands v. Fletcher, [1868] UKHL 1, (1868) 3 L.R. 330 , in an environmental...

Wind Controversy Research Report

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Here is a link to Renew Canada's 2011 research report, Wind Controversy in Ontario . The report was intended to be a neutral evaluation of the evidence cited by pro and anti-wind groups. According to the Executive Summary: The report examined...

National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NTREE): Who Understands Climate Risks?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer In its Advisory Report - Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate , the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides a fascinating insight into the way different business sectors perceive, and disclose...

Climate Crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Canadian federal government does not like to talk about climate change, so the Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a hard hitting report on the damage that climate change is already causing in Canada: Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage...

Climate Change Burns While Governments Fiddle

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens...