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Environmental Assessment & Permitting

We navigate clients through permitting requirements and processes, deftly anticipating issues and advocating interests at every turn.
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Fasken provides comprehensive coverage for legal services on environmental assessment and permitting.  We work with project proponents to develop a permitting strategy and timelines; with consultants to develop quality application materials and support; and with Indigenous Groups and stakeholders to identify and address issues.  We represent proponents during regulatory proceedings and hearings, in settling permit conditions, and in protecting projects against legal challenges.


Whether your goals are to develop a power project or expand ongoing mining operations, you cannot begin without environmental review, up to and including full environmental assessment, and permits. Stakeholders must be confident that all the potential environmental risks have been identified and that you have a realistic plan to address those risks.


We act for clients undertaking a range of projects. We were counsel to TransCanada Pipeline during the approval process for its Prince Rupert Gas Pipeline and to BC Hydro in the environmental assessment of the multibillion-dollar Site C hydroelectric dam; both projects entailed substantial environmental investigation and review, Indigenous and community stakeholder consultation, permitting, and, ultimately, complex litigation.


We also represent foreign investors in cross-border transactions involving construction and modification of mining, wood treatment and chemical manufacturing operations.


Environmental assessment can be long, contentious and costly. Our deep industry experience with lean internal capabilities, efficient processes and communications inspire client confidence and deliver results.


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Client Work

  • Advising Goldcorp on the environmental assessment for the C$510 million Coffee Gold project in the Yukon, Ongoing since August 2017
  • Advising CPR on environmental issues including resolving responsibility for environmental issues, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental advice on CPR transactions, operations, and environmental permitting and approvals, Ongoing since August 2017
  • Advised in the turn-key completion of the new Baie-St-Paul hospital,
  • Komoyue Heritage Society v. British Columbia (A.G.), 2006 BCSC 1517,


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