OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

When engaging in any form of project development or business that can potentially impact the environment, it becomes necessary to consider the assessments and approvals processes that often result in delays, additional costs and plan alterations. Blakes environmental lawyers advise clients in all types of major undertakings with potential impact on the environment, including hydroelectric, mining, waste-management facilities, oil and gas, electricity, nuclear power and infrastructure projects.

Clients across industries rely on us for advice on environmental assessments and approvals processes and assistance with minimizing the potential impact on their projects. We employ effective strategies to reduce approvals time-frames and compliance costs, and increase community acceptance. Our lawyers are well versed in the details and applicability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and regularly represent clients before the Department of the Environment and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Our knowledge of existing regulations, anticipated requirements and compliance costs helps us guide clients in determining project time-frames, appropriate financing, construction costs and insurance coverage.

Our goal is to assist clients in promoting project sustainability while assuring their compliance with all applicable environmental requirements and regulations. Addressing federal and provisional assessment, approvals and permitting requirements, we have counselled clients on many types of projects taking place on government lands, involving significant government funding or carried out on behalf of public authorities.

Clients engage Blakes because of our comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory framework, solid working relationships with regulators and ability to keep projects on track. Our lawyers regularly negotiate with government agencies and advise with respect to obtaining environmental assessment and regulatory approvals and permits relating to a wide range of environmental matters. Blakes environmental litigators frequently appear before various tribunals throughout Canada and at all levels of courts when disputes arise.



 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3328
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Brownfields Redevelopment, Energy Regulatory, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Oil & Gas
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil & Gas, Power, LNG, Aboriginal
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental, Mining, Aboriginal, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Oil & Gas, Energy Regulatory, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sectors, Energy
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Mining Law, Plan Nord, Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Forestry, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9633
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Mining Law, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG, Aboriginal, Environmental
Counsel | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3354
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy Regulatory, Forestry, Oil & Gas, Power, Manufacturing, Brownfields Redevelopment, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
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