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Weekly Cases Update Volume 49, Issue 36

People of New York v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

49 ELR 20199
567 (N.Y., December 2019)

New York's high court dismissed the state's securities fraud lawsuit concerning an oil company's accounting of climate change risks. The state argued that the company made misrepresentations and omissions that were material to its investors about how climate change would affect its business by...

Climate Change (generally)

Citizens for a Healthy Community v. United States Bureau of Land Management

49 ELR 20195
17-cv-02519-LTB-GPG (D. Colo., December 2019)

A district court enjoined approved permits and suspended applications for new permits for oil and gas development in Colorado until BLM completes its analysis of reasonably foreseeable indirect impacts. In a previous ruling, the court concluded that BLM had failed to sufficiently explain the...

Discussion of, held inadequate

In re Reissuance of an NPDES/SDS Permit to U.S. Steel Corp.

49 ELR 20197
A18-2094, A18-2095, A18-2159, and A18-2163 (Minn. Ct. App., December 2019)

A state appellate court reversed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's decision to reissue a NPDES permit for an iron ore mine in northeast Minnesota. An environmental group and Indian band challenged the decision, arguing that the agency erred in its interpretation of the CWA and that the...

Permit issuance

United States v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

49 ELR 20196
18-55481 (9th Cir., December 2019)

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court order denying the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Board's petition to enforce subpoenas issued against an oil company following an explosion and chemical release at one of its refineries. The district court found that 29 of the subpoenas were...


Friends of the Rapid River v. Probert

49 ELR 20198
3:18-cv-00465-DCN (D. Idaho, December 2019)

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning the Forest Service's plan for harvesting timber on 2,500 acres in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The groups argued that the Service exceeded its statutory authority under the Healthy...

Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho