Environmental

  • July 16, 2008

    Exxon To Fight $448M In Oil Spill Interest

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has objected in the U.S. Supreme Court to the $448 million in interest requested by Alaska natives and fishermen on top of the $507.5 million in punitive damages they have already won over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  • July 16, 2008

    DOJ Slow To Shield Lawyer-Client Privilege: Senator

    The U.S. Justice Department's recent letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing plans to revamp prosecution of corporate crimes prompted an immediate response from one Republican lawmaker who called its protections for attorney-client privilege “unsatisfactorily vague.”

  • July 15, 2008

    Value of Human Life Depreciating: EPA

    An Associated Press report that the Environmental Protection Agency has marked down the statistical price tag on human life has spurred U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to consider introducing legislation to reverse the decision.

  • July 15, 2008

    EPA Issues Proposal For Underground CO2 Storage

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed set of rules governing an emerging technology for underground storage of carbon dioxide from coal power plants.

  • July 14, 2008

    W.Va., Coal Mine Settle Suit Over Selenium

    Hobet Mining LLC will pay $4 million to settle claims by the state of West Virginia that the company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging selenium and other pollutants into the state's water supply.

  • July 14, 2008

    Bush Symbolically Lifts Ban On Offshore Drilling

    President Bush on Monday lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling. The move was largely symbolic, however, as Congress would need to lift a similar legislative ban before drilling could actually take place.

  • July 14, 2008

    Groups Sue Government Over Colorado Drilling Plan

    A coalition of environmental groups has sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over its plan to open 55,000 acres of public land in Colorado for oil and gas drilling, saying that the bureau did not fully consider other alternatives for developing the land.

  • July 11, 2008

    Consent Decree Upheld In Maine Contamination

    A federal appeals court has upheld a consent decree that allocated responsibility for the contamination of a Maine riverbed and has denied a request by nonsettling parties to overturn the agreement.

  • July 11, 2008

    D.C. Circuit Overturns Tough EPA Clean Air Rule

    A federal appeals court struck down one of the Bush administration's toughest clean air protections on Friday, finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had committed several “fatal flaws” when it adopted the rule and handing a victory to several electric utilities and a blow to environmentalists.

  • July 10, 2008

    NRDC Challenges BP Refinery In Court

    The Natural Resources Defense Council has gone to federal court to try to stop BP Plc's proposed $3.8 billion expansion of its Chicago-area refinery in Whiting, Ind.

  • July 10, 2008

    BoNY Appeals Pacific Lumber Reorganization Plan

    The Bank of New York, acting as trustee for a group of Pacific Lumber Co. noteholders, will appeal an order confirming the bankrupt company's reorganization plan on the ground that it is allegedly unfair to the noteholders.

  • July 10, 2008

    EPA, Calif. Clean Air Groups Reach Understanding

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a proposed agreement with environmental and citizens' groups to abide by an updated timetable to approve or deny three implementation plans for cleaner air standards in California.

  • July 9, 2008

    Brazilian Biodiesel Giants Fight Over Sales Contracts

    Brasil Ecodiesel, the largest producer of biodiesel in Brazil, sued Petróleo Brasileiro SA on Tuesday, alleging that it failed to follow through on a commitment to purchase biodiesel.

  • July 9, 2008

    EPA Deputy Accuses Cheney Of Withholding Info

    A former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official has accused the office of U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney of suppressing information about global warming posing a health risk.

  • July 9, 2008

    DOE Not Ready To Manage Eco-Energy Loans: GAO

    The U.S. Department of Energy is not ready to effectively manage a federal loan guarantee program meant for innovative environmental energy projects, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office.

  • July 9, 2008

    Judge Refuses To Toss Puerto Rico's MTBE Claims

    A district judge has refused to dismiss the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's lawsuit against units of Chevron Corp., Citgo Petroleum Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and other oil companies accused of creating environmental havoc through their use of MTBE.

  • July 9, 2008

    DOI Sued For Allowing 'Incidental' Polar Bear Take

    Two conservation groups have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for authorizing the “incidental take” of Pacific walruses and polar bears during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

  • July 8, 2008

    Alaska Court Reinstates Greenpeace Captain Verdict

    An Alaska appeals court reinstated a jury verdict for criminal negligence against a Greenpeace Inc. ship captain Thursday and remanded the case to the district court for post-trial motions.

  • July 8, 2008

    Judge Denies BoNY's $170M Claim On Palco

    A federal judge has denied a motion by the Bank of New York, acting as trustee for a group of noteholders, for an approximately $170 million administrative claim on the estate of Pacific Lumber Co., but allowed the noteholders to get an extra $3.6 million under Pacific Lumber's Chapter 11 plan.

  • July 8, 2008

    Trial Date Set For DTE Energy In Mercury Case

    A Canadian court has set a February trial date for a case that accuses Michigan's DTE Energy Co. of contaminating Canada's St. Clair River with mercury emitted from two of its coal-fired power plants.