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Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) [corporate website] has failed to clean oil-polluted areas of the Niger Delta despite the company's assurances that it has properly handled the oil spills, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. Under Nigerian law, any company that controls an oil pipeline or well … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Nov 2015
by Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the recent Volkswagen scandal where the car maker installed software to alternate the measurement of emission of nitrogen oxide... Is this the end of Volkswagen? Since Friday, September 18, 2015 Volkswagen has been under fire for cheating … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Nanping Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Fujian found in favor [Xinhua report] of two environmental groups on Thursday under a new environmental law. The court ordered defendants to restore destroyed vegetation and pay compensation for the damage that resulted from of an illegal mining expansion. This was the first … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday issued a temporary stay [opinion, PDF] on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) [official website] new Clean Water Rule (Rule) [text, PDF] that defines "waters of the US." In a split decision, the court decided the EPA's Rule that originally … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] California Jerry Brown [official website] signed [press release] the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 [text] on Wednesday, which lays out plans to reduce air pollution and increase energy efficiency. To double the amount of energy efficiency in the state, the bill creates efficiency targets for electrical … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday blocked [opinion, PDF] the use of a pesticide linked to the declining honey population in the US. The disappearance of a large number of honey bees in recent years has led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US District Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court of the District of North Dakota [official website] in Fargo on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a rule granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers [official websites] jurisdiction over small … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Tuesday proposed [press release] new rules to cut methane emissions by the oil and gas industry, as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to taking action on climate change. The new measures will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Administrator Gina McCarthy [official profile] on Tuesday apologized [statement, text] for an unexpected mine spill that took place last week in Colorado. Despite little knowledge as to what exactly lead to the spill, McCarthy did admit the EPA was at fault and she … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

US President Barack Obama on Monday announced [statement, video] a set of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] power plant pollution regulations [EPA materials] designed to improve air quality and reduce green house gas emissions. The so-called "Clean Power Plan" sets carbon and other pollutant emission standards for states … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes [official website] Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on [press release] Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder] to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to … [read more]

21 Mar 2015
by Christopher Dellana

On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 [PDF] into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to encourage stronger … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell [official profile] on Friday announced the publication of a rule regulating fracking on federal land [text, PDF]. The rule is intended to ensure [press release] that wells are properly constructed to protect water supplies, to make certain that the fluids that flow … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The implementation of California's plastic bag ban [SB 270 text], which was set to go into effect in July, has been halted by a successful referendum petition. The trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance (ACPA) [advocacy website] collected [LAT report] more than 800,000 signatures on their petition [petition form]. … [read more]

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