Title

Reflections on Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton Ltd 2019 SCC 5

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

2-22-2019

Keywords

Environmental Law, Business and Environment, Climate Change, Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton

Abstract

The recently released Supreme Court of Canada decision in Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton has been warmly welcomed by those who are concerned that the burden of environmental remediation too often falls upon taxpayers when companies run into financial difficulties and seek bankruptcy protection. In this post, we will examine the decision itself, and reflect upon its implications for oil and gas development in a climate vulnerable world and for environmental liability more broadly.

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