Ohio Federal Judge Opens the Door for Environmental Groups to Intervene in Clean Water Rule Suit

Fri Feb 8th, On Environmental Law, by

On Friday, February 1, 2019, Ohio Federal Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. granted a Renewed Motion to Intervene, filed jointly by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation (collectively, the “Environmental Groups”), opening the door for the Environmental Groups to intervene as defendants in a suit between plaintiffs States of Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan and defendant United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the 2015 Clean Water […]

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Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Youth Climate Activist Suit

Wed Jan 23rd, On Environmental Law, by

On January 14, 2019, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling in an environmental lawsuit brought by a group of young climate activists against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission over whether the Commission is required to bar permits for projects that would adversely impact human health or contribute to climate change. Siding with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a state appellate […]

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EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Propose New Rule Defining “Waters of the United States”

Fri Dec 21st, On Environmental Law, by

On Tuesday, December 11th, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule clarifying which waterways are subject to jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The rule is intended to rescind and replace President Obama’s 2015 Clean Water Rule, which defined “waters of the United States” for all sections of the Clean Water Act (CWA) “to include the traditional navigable waters (a)(1), […]

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California Cities and Counties File Suit Against Major Energy Companies Over Role in Climate Change

Fri Dec 7th, On Environmental Law, by

In July of 2017, several California cities and counties lodged suits against dozens of oil, gas, and coal companies in California State Court over their alleged role in contributing to climate change-related damages across the state. The counties of Marin and San Mateo, along with the city of Imperial Beach, filed lawsuits alleging that several companies, including BP p.l.c., Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., and Exxon Mobil Corp., “have promoted and […]

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