BOEM'sNational Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) assessment found that there would be no significant
environmental and socioeconomic impacts from issuing wind energy
leases in designated Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas off the
mid-Atlantic Coast. NEPA is the US equivalent to our Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act. This allowed BOEM to invite wind
developers to seek wind leases and to request public comments
regarding site conditions, resources and multiple uses of the
designated Wind Energy Areas. A pro-forma lease has already been
developed, and will be effective 15 days following publication in
the Federal Register.
Meanwhile, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released its
year-old report, confirming that wind turbines have no direct health effects,
and has reportedly retained a noise consultant, Aercoustics
Engineering Limited, to develop a Sound Measurement Protocol
for Wind Farms. The British Institute of Acoustics has a similar
project underway, having set up a working committee to review the
available evidence, and to produce good practice guidance on wind
turbine noise assessment. The committee expects to consult on the
guidance in spring 2012, with the final guidance being published in
In an increasingly competitive global market for natural gas, the race to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia is on. With LNG attracting a premium price in Asia, Canada is vying with the United States, Australia, Russia, East Africa and the Middle East to rapidly build the infrastructure required to move LNG to key markets in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and India. By positioning the LNG industry in British Columbia (B.C.) as a key driver for economic and jobs growth over the next few year
On November 30, 2013 the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice Amendment Regulation (Amended Rules) will be proclaimed into force which will bring significant changes to the regulatory process before the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).
On October 30, 2013, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada released a Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct for Canada. Eleven PSAC members with hydraulic fracturing operations in Canada helped create the Code and have voluntarily agreed to follow its provisions.
A royalty holder must make reasonable inquires to confirm that a royalty has been properly paid and will be limited to a two-year recovery if not, the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled in Canadian Natural Resources Limited v Jensen Resources Ltd, 2013 ABCA 399.