Our environmental law group has extensive experience in every facet of environmental law, including compliance and enforcement, environmental assessments and audits, project approvals, environmental litigation, M&A due diligence, contaminated sites, brownfield development, chemical compliance, crisis management, waste management, product stewardship, transportation of dangerous goods, endangered species, conservation easements, climate change legislation, emissions trading, water rights and cross-border issues.
Clients benefit from our environmental law group's extensive experience and knowledge of government policies and expectations. We provide you with experience in environmental legislation, health and safety, liability risks for corporations and directors and officers, management and governance guidelines, ISO certification, environmental compliance strategies and corporate environmental policies.
We also work with entities committed to sustainable development, including industrial and commercial businesses, trade associations, financial institutions, public sector organizations and land trusts.
Rankings and awards
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Environment, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Environment, The Legal 500, 2018
- Chambers Global, Canada: Environment, Chambers and Partners, 2017
Select client work
- A large municipal corporation and major oil company providing strategic advice and opinion and negotiated a first ever comprehensive remediation/indemnity agreement and contaminant management plan agreement.
- Large gas station network with respect to numerous contaminated sites.
- Stornoway Diamond Corporation in its C$946m binding financing commitment agreement to fund the construction of the Renard Diamond Project with respect to environmental due diligence.
- Environmental matters in connection with significant M&A transactions, including Petro-Canada in its C$55bn merger with Suncor Energy; Enbridge Income Fund in connection with the C$30.4bn purchase of the Enbridge Mainline and Athabasca System, the C$1.16bn purchase of the Hardisty oil storage facilities, the C$1.76bn purchase of the Southern Lights Pipeline and various renewable projects; Chevron Canada in the acquisition of the Kitimat LNG project; the joint acquisition by Yamana Gold Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. of Osisko Mining Corporation for C$3.9bn; ArcelorMittal Mines Canada's US$1.1bn sale of a 15% interest to an Asian consortium; SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. in its acquisition of Groupe Stavibel Inc. and of Quéformat Ltd; and Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. on the sale to Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Passenger Terminal.
- Engineering, mining, pulp and paper and oil and gas companies in the management of the personal liability of directors and officers for environmental matters.
- Total E&P, OPTI, UTS, Oilsands Quest, Talisman, PetroChina and others in the acquisition, regulatory permitting and development of oil sands assets.
- City of Mississauga on various files including issues related to contaminated lands, regulator enforcement, environmental policy advice, environmental advice on re-development applications, including the use of risk assessments and environmental litigation.
- Regional Municipality of Waterloo with strategic environmental input on all aspects of a major light rail transit 3P infrastructure project.
- Suncor Energy and other greenhouse gas emitters on all matters relating to its registration and involvement in Quebec's cap-and-trade system.
- Halliburton and other oilfield service companies with respect to the development of the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Canada.
- Waste management companies in Ontario, Alberta and BC on applications for waste management approvals, compliance issues and contracts.
- A U.S. Fortune 500 corporation on a complex major multi-party dispute concerning groundwater contamination and potential impacts on a municipal aquifer.
- Chevron Corp. in defence against attempts to enforce in Canada a US$9.5 billion judgment obtained against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, which judgment has been found, after a trial and all appeals in the United States, to have been obtained by fraud and corruption, and which is also being challenged before an international arbitration tribunal.
- Sinopec Daylight Energy in the defence of charges under the Fisheries Act resulting from a pipeline break.
- SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. in complex court proceedings to determine liability resulting from contamination at a construction site.
- Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway with respect to the transportation of dangerous goods, emergency response, contaminated sites and other environmental issues.
- Total E&P, EOG Resources, Statoil and other oil companies on cross-Canada environmental liability issues associated with crude-by-rail projects.
- Capital Power, Kinder Morgan, SaskPower, TransAlta with respect to carbon capture and storage and pipeline projects.
- Constellation Energy on the environmental permitting of power plants in Alberta.
- A Canadian subsidiary of a major U.S. based chemical company with respect to regulatory and strategic advice on a risk assessment and certificate of property use in Ontario for a major decommissioned industrial facility.
- Industrial facility owners and oil and gas companies respecting environmental liability of the corporation and directors and officers on creditors' arrangement proceedings under the Canadian Bankruptcy Act and Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
- A large U.S. glass manufacturing corporation on the decommissioning and closure of its Ontario facility and sale of property by way of Brownfield's redevelopment to a consulting firm. This was one of the first Brownfields redevelopments in Ontario and resulted in a "Brownie" award for capital finance and risk management by the Canadian Urban Institute.