Red Chris Mine Intervention

MiningWatch v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans et. al. - Supreme Court Upholds Public Participation Rights

In 2009, CELA lawyers represented six environmental groups which intervened in an important appeal (MiningWatch v. Canada) before the Supreme Court of Canada. The case focused on public participation rights and project-scoping powers under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).  The Court released its decision in January 2010, and unanimously agreed with MiningWatch and the environmental intervenors that federal authorities cannot piecemeal (or split) large-scale industrial projects into smaller components in order to avoid undertaking comprehensive studies required under CEAA. The Government of Canada has posted on-line information about measures it will be taking to comply with the Supreme Court's decision.