Environmental Law

Managing a Contaminated Site: Lessons Learned

Strategies to practice environmental diligence and manage contaminated sites responsibly.

Underground Oil Storage Tanks – A Property Owner’s Guide

If your home, townhouse or condominium was built before 1970, there may be an underground oil storage tank (“UST”) on your property.

Defending a Cost Recovery Action

The author reviews considerations for parties defending a claim for the remediation of a contaminated site.

Contaminated Soils Litigation: Cost Recovery Actions under the Environmental Management Act and the Common Law

This paper outlines the process of cost recovery actions for the cost of remediating contaminated soils in British Columbia. Leading cases in environmental law (such as Gehring v. Chevron, 2006 BCSC 1639) as well as the British Columbia Environmental Management Act are discussed.

Remediation Cost Recovery Actions

If I have incurred remediation costs to clean up contamination on my property, can I recover those costs?  The answer is a resounding yes.

When should a property owner conduct a contaminated site investigation?

If you own real property and you would like to sell it, or you are contemplating a rezoning application, or re-development, you should be aware of your responsibilities under the Environmental Management Act (“EMA”), which regulates contaminated sites in British Columbia. You may be required to prepare and submit a site profile and if necessary, carry out environmental investigations on your property.



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