Virtually every time regulatory approval is required to allow a new project or modification of an existing operation or facility to proceed, an environmental assessment of the proposal is triggered under provincial or federal assessment legislation, or often under both. In Canada, a project can not proceed unless assessment authorities first consider and ensure that adequate steps are taken to mitigate potential adverse effects on the environment, to consult with potentially affected communities including First Nations, and until the broader public interest in the project is considered.

Navigating the environmental assessment process typically involves navigating a minefield of legal, social, aboriginal, political, bureaucratic, technical and timing issues. Fasken Martineau's environmental group has extensive experience assisting clients to meet the challenges posed by this process in a timely and cost effective manner, and to assist them in obtaining the approvals they require. Our experience ranges from the assessment of minor projects (i.e. the modification of a facility) to the most complex of projects (i.e. the proposed development of a mine, a power plant, a pipeline project).

Recent representative experience includes:

  • Environmental and regulatory approval of new 230 kilovolt Transmission Facilities.
  • Assessment of a 285 megawatt Hydro Electric Development.
  • Advising large-scale industrial facilities in the chemicals, maritime and mining sectors in connection with regulatory compliance and permitting issues.
  • Acted for Cominco Ltd. in relation to project and environmental approvals for the Waneta Dam Upgrade Project, including negotiating mitigation agreements with provincial and federal officials.
  • Acted for a mine development company in relation to project approvals and agreements for mining operations, including agreements with First Nations.
  • Acted for energy company in obtaining project approvals for the Island Cogeneration Project on Vancouver Island.
  • Advised in the environmental assessment and permitting of King George station development on SkyTrain line in Surrey Centre, BC, commercial office buildings, business parks, retail malls and condominium developments in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.