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Weekly Cases Update Volume 45, Issue 21

Energy Future Coalition v. Environmental Protection Agency

45 ELR 20135
14-1123 (D.C. Cir., July 2015)

The D.C. Circuit upheld an EPA regulation that requires automobile manufacturers to use "commercially available" fuel when testing the emissions of new vehicles under the CAA. Several producers of E30, a fuel that contains 30% ethanol, argued that a fuel shouldn't have to be commercially...

Auto emission standards, Reformulated gasoline

Energy & Environmental Legal Institute v. Epel

45 ELR 20134
14-1216 (10th Cir., July 2015)

The Tenth Circuit upheld on constitutional grounds Colorado's mandate that 20% of the electricity that generators sell to Colorado consumers come from renewable sources. A conservative energy group claimed that the renewable energy standard will harm out-of-state coal producers in violation of...

Alternative Energy, Commerce Clause

West Side Irrigation District v. California State Water Resources Control Board

45 ELR 20133
34-2015-80002121 (Cal. Super. Ct., July 2015)

A California court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state water board from enforcing "curtailment letters" it sent to four irrigation districts in the Central Valley. The letters ordered the districts and various farmers and businesses to stop diverting water from California's...

Water rights, Irrigation, Property rights/entitlements

Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

45 ELR 20136
01-1357 (D.D.C., July 2015)

A district court held that Indonesian villagers living near an energy corporation's natural gas development facility may go forward with their Alien Tort Statute claims for human rights abuses allegedly caused by security personnel at the site. Because of an ongoing civil war at the time the...

Human Rights