Environment

DHC offers Quebec municipalities a wide range of specialized services in matters of the environment and energy.

It is undeniable that issues of environmental protection are increasingly of interest to municipalities because they affect the quality of their citizens’ living environments. In this area of law, the stakes are high and often delicate; the issues at play challenge questions of urban planning and the environment.

In addition, access to energy resources, whether it be hydro, wind, photovoltaic, gas or petroleum, put municipalities at the heart of debates that animate Quebec society.

Over the years, our firm has developed the required thinking and skills to accompany municipalities that wish to act proactively in protecting and improving the quality of living environments within their territory or to promote the development of sustainable economic projects that bring tangible benefits to the community.

Whether it be for the protection of lakes and rivers in the context of blue-green algae control, or the protection of natural environments (wetlands and woodlands), or for developing models of sustainable development relating to the reality of your municipality or in the litigation context, the DHC team of lawyers can assist you in achieving your environmental objectives.

Our areas of intervention

  • LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT

  • CONSERVATION OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

  • PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES, WILDLIFE AND FLORISTIC HABITATS

  • PROTECTION OF RIVERS, SHORELINES AND FLOOD PLAINS

  • TAXATION OF GREEN SPACES

  • MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND CATCH BASINS

  • MANAGEMENT AND RECLAMATION OF RESIDUAL, RECYCLABLE AND ORGANIC MATERIAL

  • MANAGEMENT AND USE OF PESTICIDES

  • MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED LOTS

  • AIR AND WATER SANITATION

  • RESPONSIBLE EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES (MINING, FORESTRY AND GAS TREATMENT ACTIVITIES)

  • EXPLOITATION OF SANDPITS, QUARRIES AND MINES

  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONTAMINATION LIABILITY

  • EMERGENCY PLANS AND INTERVENTIONS

  • APPLICATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT QUALITY ACT AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS

  • CONCERTATION TABLES, CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

  • LEED CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES, AND GEOTHERMIA

  • REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE RÉGIE DE L’ÉNERGIE AND L’OFFICE NATIONAL DE L’ÉNERGIE