Dalhousie Law Journal


environment, cooperative environmental assessment, jurisdictional friction points, oil, gas


As the subject matter of "environment" is not specifically assigned in the Constitution to only the federal government or the provinces, there has been an increasing trend toward cooperative environmental assessment processes to avoid jurisdictional friction points. This article describes the relevantjurisdictional friction points that have encouraged this trend and describes some issues and considerations that have arisen in relation to recent cooperative environmental assessments carried out for oil and gas projects.