A new study by the CCPA and West Coast Environmental Law finds that Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages for their contribution to climate change. Moreover, the most serious risk to Canadian companies is not litigation in Canada—because the impacts and causes of climate change are global—climate damages litigation could take place in, and apply the laws of, any of the countries where damage occurs. Given the sheer number and diversity of potential venues for litigation, and the growing interest in pursuing it, civil liability for large-scale green house gas emitters is extremely likely, particularly as the costs associated with climate change rise.
Find out more in the full report: Payback Time? What the Internationalization of Climate Litigation Could Mean for Canadian Oil and Gas Companies.