Panet Essay

2210 words - 9 pages


1.0 Government Actions Regulation (GAR)
The legal framework of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) is dependent on
government actions to establish land designations and objectives or measures for resource
values. Government actions can be established
• through land use objectives under the Land Act,
• in regulation (e.g. Forest Planning and Practices Regulation),
• through actions under authority of the Government Actions Regulation, and
• through grand-parented objectives, measures and features established under the
Forest Practices Code.
1.1 Overview
The Government Actions Regulation (GAR) provides ...view middle of the document...

Those holders on whom the
order may have a material adverse effect must also be consulted as prescribed in
regulation (see chapters 3.0 and 4.0).
Proposed orders under the GAR must meet specific tests to the satisfaction of the minister
or delegate (chapter 5.0), including the requirement that:
• the special management

2. Provided by the action is not already provided by FRPA or other legislation;
• the order is consistent with established objectives in the area;
• the order will not unduly reduce the supply of timber from BC’s forests; and
• the public benefits derived from the order would outweigh any material adverse
impacts on delivered wood costs and any undue constraint on the ability of
agreement holders under the Forest Act and Range Act to exercise their rights
under agreement.

1 Existing objectives for the purposes of FRPA are referred to as “established objectives” under FRPA.
2 The term ‘special management’ is used for each type of action under GAR except ‘general wildlife measures’; however it may be inferred given the wording of s. 9 (2)(b) 9
Individual GAR orders must, to the satisfaction of the minister or delegate, also meet
other criteria specified in regulation for each type of action. For example, an order must
be consistent with the criteria set out in the authority provided to establish certain
designations or features such as resource features, fisheries sensitive watersheds, or
temperature sensitive streams.

New Laws Affecting the Water Industry
The following bills affecting the water and wastewater
industry were signed into law this year:
In addition to the provisions affecting electric, gas and
telecommunications companies, Public Act 12-148 (SB-23) includes
the following provisions affecting water utilities:
Emergency Service Restoration Plans
The act requires private and municipal utility companies, including
water companies, to file emergency service restoration plans with
the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), the Department
of Emergency Services & Public Protection (DESPP), and local
municipalities every two years instead of every five years, beginning
July 1, 2012. Under the act, the plans must include information on
(1) Communication and coordination measures with state officials,
municipalities, and other private utilities and telecommunications
companies during a major disaster or emergency; (2) participation
in training exercises; and (3) responses for service outages affecting
more than 10%, 30%, 50%, and 70% of customers. The act provides
that any information provided in the plans is considered confidential
and exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA). The act requires PURA to provide a summary of the
plans to the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee by

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