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Natural Resources


Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Indigenous resistance to for-profit energy pipelines | Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWinyan)

There are basic concepts that permeate Indigenous law among First Nations and the Indigenous peoples of North America. These concepts include the following principles: Mother Earth and human beings are in a reciprocal relationship; water is life and sacred for use in religious ceremonies; collective promises and responsibilities are to be kept and passed on from generation to generation; and there is a responsibility to steward natural resources for the next seven generations to come. These are legal principles and encapsulated in the teachings, oral histories and, in recent decades, written laws of Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere.  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 3:28 PM

Dealing with orphan oil and gas wells both a political and legal problem, experts say Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary

A potential crisis looms over Alberta’s energy sector, which is largely separate from the fallout if major projects such as Trans Mountain expansion do not go forward. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

New Calgary partner for McMillan

Adam C. Maerov, office management partner of McMillan LLP’s Calgary office, announced that Jody L. Wivcharuk has joined the firm as a partner in the oil and gas group. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8:15 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From orphan wells to Vavilov trilogy top_ten_sm

As the second in our two-part series listing the Top 10 business decisions of 2019, here are the five cases that lead the class, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 10:22 AM

OIL AND GAS - Surface access - Surface leases - Compensation

Appeal by Neufeld and other owners from a decision of the Surface Rights Arbitration Board. The respondent held right of entry orders for land owned by the appellants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Canada’s non-conventional fuel sources 2020leaf

With the increases in energy demand, Canada and other countries will consider unconventional alternate fuel sources: tar sand bitumen/oil sands, coal, shale oil and gas, gas hydrates, biomass and bioalcohols.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Legacy of Canada’s everydog, Punky Santics dog behind bars

Animal law was poised to finally have its day in Canada’s top court in 2020, but it was not to be. In January 2020, I was guest lecturing on animal law at law schools in Asia and Europe when I heard the jarring news that Punky Santics, Canada’s everydog on death row, had just his case dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 06, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Climate change: Risks but also opportunities for agribusiness climate_agribusiness_sm

Global population is on the rise and expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 according to a 2017 United Nations report. Global per capita food consumption rates are at an all-time high (and expected to continue to increase). The demands placed on agribusinesses to meet global needs are significant and growing, making the industry’s role more important than ever. The pressure to keep pace with demand and to do so in a sustainable way sits heavily on the food and agricultural sector. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]