Feds Still Can't Dodge Chevron Unit's Mine Cleanup Suit

Law360 (May 20, 2021, 2:52 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico federal court refused the U.S. government's bid to pin the entire cost of cleaning up a mine site in the state on a Chevron Corp. mining unit, finding that more information is needed to determine who must shoulder the expenses. 

U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Kelly Jr., sitting by designation, denied the federal government's motion for summary judgment Wednesday, refusing to end the long-running litigation initiated by Chevron Mining Inc. The suit alleges that the U.S. is liable for cleanup costs because federal agencies encouraged and financed mining and waste disposal activities at the Questa Mine that caused soil and water...

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