Natural Resource Law

At Ratcliff we recognize the importance of the environment, land and its natural resources to our clients. The land and its resources are cornerstones that represent a way of life for many of our clients, while also being a means to bring economic development; a tricky balance to maintain, in some instances. We encourage environmental and planning compliance counseling services to assist our clients in operating both lawfully and profitably, while at the same time satisfying societal pressures.

Our diverse team of business, regulatory, consultation and litigation lawyers complements our environmental and natural resources practice and as a result we are well suited to advise clients on legal issues arising in the broad sectors that encompass the “natural resources” area. One of our lawyers is also a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia, and our background and understanding of the surrounding regulatory frameworks of British Columbia’s natural resource sectors means that we can quickly understand the issues at hand so that we can assist with developing strategies and implementing initiatives to suit your needs.

Our legal experience relating to land, environment and natural resources addresses areas including:

  • Land use planning;
  • Hazardous and solid waste, air, water, and environmental due diligence;
  • Environmental assessment;
  • Mining;
  • Forestry;
  • Fisheries;
  • Energy and pipelines; and
  • Climate change.