Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, et al v. Attorney General of Canada and Imperial Oil (Federal Court of Canada, 2008)

Year opened: 2008
Status: Decided
Jurisdiction: Canada
Principle law(s): Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Mitigation/adaptation: Mitigation


Federal Court of Canada found legal errors in a government joint review panel’s environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project. Ecojustice and several non-profit organizations challenged the panel’s approval of the project, alleging that it had failed to seriously consider the climate change impacts of the project. The court agreed with the petitioner, holding that the panel failed to adequately support their conclusion that the project would cause only insignificant environmental harm.

Core objective(s): Challenge to government panel approval of oil sands mine
Side A: Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, Sierra Club of Canada (Ngo, ngo, ngo)
Side B: Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister of Environment (Government, government, government)
  • Application granted (Federal Court of Canada)
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