Canadian Oil Spills Cast Shadow Over Pipeline Boom

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT) -- Three Canadian oil pipeline spills in the past month have environmental groups on high alert, especially as two game-changing pipelines march toward Vancouver. But a new law meant to speed up approvals for major energy projects have left opponents with fewer tools to challenge permits or call for tighter oversight, experts say.

“[The spills] give us pause, and they should give everybody pause,” says Barry Robinson, a staff attorney with Ecojustice, which brings cases on behalf of clients like the Sierra Club in Canada. “Projects are...
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