Ecology Action, et al. v. Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Jurisdiction: Federal Court
Principle law(s): Impact Assessment Act
Side A: Ecology Action (Ngo)
Side A: Sierra Club Canada Foundation (Ngo)
Side A: WWF-Canada (Ngo)
Side A: Ecojustice (Ngo)
Side B: Canada (Government)
Core objectives: Environmental groups challenged approval of exploratory drilling, including on climate grounds
SummaryOn May 11, 2020, on behalf of Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and WWF-Canada, Ecojustice took legal action against the Canadian government, alleging a failure to properly assess the risks of exploratory drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The application for review asserts that the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada relied on a deficient assessment report in completing its regional assessment of offshore exploratory drilling in the region under the Impact Assessment Act. The complainants contend, among other things, that an increase in offshore oil and gas exploration threatens Canada's commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Related laws and policies
The Impact Assessment Act of 2019 replaces the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The Act provides the overall architecture for the federal environmental impact assessment regime in Canada. The Act broadens the scope of environmental impact assessments to include environmental, social, ...