Environmental

  • January 22, 2008

    Pacific Lumber Rebuffs Plan For Ch. 11 Trustee

    The debtors in Pacific Lumber Co.'s bankruptcy case have rebuffed their indenture trustee's attempt to impose a Chapter 11 trustee on them as they make their way toward the April 1 confirmation hearing on competing plans for reorganization.

  • January 18, 2008

    DTE Faces Prosecution Over Mercury In Canada

    A Canadian court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to prosecute Michigan's DTE Energy Co. for allegedly poisoning the St. Clair River in Canada with mercury emitted by two of its coal-burning power plants.

  • January 17, 2008

    Tree-Hugging Creditors To Bid For Lumber Co.'s Land

    A coalition made up of both environmentalist groups and more traditional investors, including Bank of America NA, announced its intention to file a reorganization plan in Pacific Lumber Co.'s Chapter 11 case that would place 209,000 acres of forest in Humboldt County, Calif., under an “environmentally sustainable” logging regime.

  • January 17, 2008

    Massey Energy To Pay Record $20M EPA Penalty

    In the largest civil penalty over wastewater discharge violations in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's history, Massey Energy Co. Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle government allegations regarding coal mine pollution.

  • January 17, 2008

    Asarco To Pay $33.4M In Toxic Cleanup Claims

    Bankrupt mining company Asarco LLC on Wednesday asked a judge to approve a settlement resolving disputes with the state of California and a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips over cleanup costs for a contaminated smelter site, allowing claims totaling almost $34 million.

  • January 16, 2008

    Sinclair Oil Settles Clean Air Act Suit

    In just the latest settlement involving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Sinclair Oil Corp. has agreed to pay a $2.45 million civil penalty and spend more than $72 million for new pollution controls at three of its refineries in Wyoming and Oklahoma.

  • January 16, 2008

    As Special Master, She Sets Precedent

    A litigator at a San Francisco law firm was appointed the first female special master in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Kristin Linsley Myles, a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson and a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, was named special master in South Carolina v. North Carolina.

  • January 16, 2008

    Asarco Seeks 9th Exclusivity Extension

    Mining company Asarco LLC is asking a judge for yet another extension allowing it to exclusively file its Chapter 11 plan, saying it needs more time to haggle with creditors over outstanding liabilities. The extension would be the company's ninth such continuance.

  • January 17, 2008

    Sierra Club To Sue Oregon Coal-Fired Power Plant

    A coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, said Wednesday it intends to sue energy provider Portland General Electric to force the company to cut down on pollution from a coal-fired power plant in Eastern Oregon.

  • January 17, 2008

    N.Y. Wins $1.6M In Cleanup Costs From Polluters

    A band of eight public entities and companies, including Bausch & Lomb Inc. and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., have agreed to pay almost $1.6 million to clean up a hazardous waste site listed under New York's state Superfund program.

  • January 16, 2008

    Oil Co. Liable In Tanker Disaster: French Ruling

    In a landmark decision, a French court on Wednesday ruled that oil company Total SA was responsible for the 1999 sinking of the Erika tanker, one of France's worst environmental disasters.

  • February 6, 2008

    In Global Warming Cases, Suing Plants May Not Work

    Across the country, dozens of existing or proposed coal plants are being challenged in court in attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. But some legal experts say attacking the plants directly is not as successful a method of achieving climate change action as pursuing government agencies under the National Environmental Policy Act or the Clean Air Act.

  • January 16, 2008

    Appeals Court Upholds Limits On Surface Mining

    The National Mining Association was unable to persuade a federal appeals court on Tuesday that the U.S. government’s narrow interpretation of a federal law restricting surface mining in sensitive areas has led to the protection of more land than Congress intended.

  • January 15, 2008

    Coast Guard Adopts New Oil Pollution Rule

    The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday it will adopt a new rule that clarifies what buyers must do to qualify for the innocent landowner defense in cases where oil from private property may contaminate U.S. waters.

  • January 14, 2008

    Canadian Govt. Hit With Suit Over Oil Refinery Review

    Environmental groups are suing the Canadian federal government in an attempt to push it to do a full impact assessment of Irving Oil Ltd.'s roughly $6.9 billion proposed refinery project in the New Brunswick province.

  • January 14, 2008

    Supreme Court Nixes Ozone Standard Appeal

    The Supreme Court has shot down a petition by energy trade groups to take up a case that centered on whether the Environmental Protection Agency was right to retain prior air quality standards when it revised and toughened the national ambient air quality standards for ozone.

  • January 15, 2008

    Greenhouse Gas Plan Falls Short Of Goals: EIA

    A bipartisan climate change bill would lead to significant greenhouse gas reductions in the electric power sector, but only modest reductions in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Energy Information Administration.

  • January 15, 2008

    Lawmakers Call For Carbon Offset Marketing Audit

    Amid a series of public hearings on the marketing of carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, two lawmakers are claiming even more scrutiny is necessary, asking the Government Accountability Office on Monday to conduct an inquiry into such practices.

  • January 11, 2008

    Ga. Judge OKs First Coal-Fired Plant Permit In 20 Years

    An administrative judge on Friday affirmed a controversial permit granted to Longleaf Energy Associates LLC for a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Georgia, the first to be approved in the state in 20 years.

  • January 11, 2008

    FERC Says LNG Facility Would Have Limited Impact

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has concluded that the controversial proposed Broadwater liquefied natural gas facility in Long Island Sound would result in fewer environmental impacts than any alternatives considered, provided the agency's recommendations are implemented, in a report released Friday.