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Weekly Cases Update Volume 47, Issue 11

California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources Board

47 ELR 20053
34-2012-80001313-CU-WM-GDS and 34-2013-80001464-CU-WM-GDS (Cal. Ct. App., April 2017)

A California Appeals Court upheld a state cap-and-trade regime against challenges from the state commerce board and affected industry players. In 2006, California passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To achieve the goals of the...

Air quality

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating, LLC

47 ELR 20054
CIV-16-134-F (W.D. Okla., April 2017)

A district court abstained from rendering a decision in a case concerning earthquakes allegedly caused by fracking operations in Oklahoma, choosing to instead defer to the expertise of a state commission. An environmental group brought suit against the energy company claiming that its fracking...

Hydraulic Fracturing

Arizona v. EPA

47 ELR 20056
14-73368, 14-73384, 14-73386 and 14-73394 (9th Cir., April 2017)

The Ninth Circuit upheld an EPA federal implementation plan (FIP) under the CAA that replaced rejected portions of the Arizona SIP concerning air quality at federal parks and forests. In 2011, Arizona submitted a SIP to EPA for approval. EPA disapproved certain aspects of Arizona’s SIP...

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Western Exploration, LLC v. DOI

47 ELR 20055
3:15-cv-00491-MMD-VPC (D. Nev. , March 2017)

A district court ruled that DOI, BLM, and other agencies failed to comply with NEPA when they amended land use plans to protect the habitat of the greater sage-grouse from development in Nevada. In March 2010, FWS issued a finding on petitions to list three entities of the greater sage-grouse as...

Endangered Species Act (ESA)