Alberta Court of Appeal Clarifies Quarry Assessment Regime

Osler acted for the successful appellant

Client

Alberta Court of Appeal Clarifies Quarry Assessment Regime

Value

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Service

Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal & Land

Date Closed

May 2020

Industry

Mining

Lead Office

Calgary


 

On May 6, 2020, the Alberta Court of Appeal unanimously quashed a decision of the Director (Alberta Environment and Parks) that found no environmental impact assessment is required for a silica sand extraction project. A majority of the Court of Appeal further ordered that the Director notify the proponent (Wayfinder Corp.) that it must submit to the Director an environmental impact assessment report under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA). The decision brings important clarity to Alberta’s previously inconsistent treatment of major silica sand projects for the purposes of EPEA.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP acted for the successful appellant in this litigation with a team that included Martin Ignasiak, Justin Fontaine, Jesse Baker (Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land) and Sean Sutherland (Litigation)


Team
Martin Ignasiak
Key Contact

Martin Ignasiak

Partner, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Jesse Baker

Jesse Baker

Associate, Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal and Land

Sean Sutherland

Sean Sutherland

Associate, Litigation