Blake’s practice involves advising clients on regulatory, environmental, and Indigenous matters in relation to provincially and federally regulated energy/utility entities and developments throughout Canada, including utility infrastructure, power plants, wells, pipelines, oil sands operations, carbon capture and storage facilities, renewable energy projects, LNG facilities, storage facilities, and rail facilities.
Blake provides advice and representation on tariff/rate matters and proceedings before the National Energy Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, Yukon Utilities Board, and Northwest Territories Public Utilities Board. He also advises and represents clients in relation to facility and compensation matters and proceedings before the National Energy Board, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Alberta Surface Rights Board, Alberta's Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal, and Alberta’s Public Lands Appeal Board. His facility-related work includes advice regarding public and Indigenous consultation, the acquisition of land/surface rights, risk and environmental impact assessments, project design, and routing.
He has further significant experience advising clients on matters related to various additional regulatory agencies, including the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, the British Columbia Surface Rights Board, and the Indian Oil and Gas Commission and has represented clients before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
In addition to the foregoing, a significant portion of Blake’s practice also includes advising clients regarding regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, including investigations and proceedings stemming from spills/releases, contaminated sites, and other environmental matters, as well as matters related to operational non-compliance. He also has significant experience providing advice in relation to the importation, registration, use, storage, and transportation of chemicals within Canada.