UPDATE: Environmental Lawsuits in the News

Utah reimbursed for Gold King Mine spill’s initial costs; lawsuit weighed

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865676148/Utah-reimbursed-for-Gold-King-Mine-spills-initial-costs-lawsuit-weighed.htmlSALT LAKE CITY
State environmental regulators said Tuesday they have been fully compensated for their initial costs incurred during the response to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, but a lawsuit against the federal government remains under consideration.

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US judge signs Peabody bankruptcy exit after environmental deal

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/20/us-judge-signs-peabody-bankruptcy-exit-after-environmental-deal.htmlA U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government.

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Judge to decide if environmental groups can intervene in coal-export lawsuit

https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article138888458.htmlThe former Reynolds Metals smelter in Longview, Washington, is the proposed site for a new coal export terminal.

The terminal would create an additional 16 train trips a day – or eight round trips daily, according to the state Department of Ecology …

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Judge Rules Environmental Groups Can Intervene In Cascade-Siskiyou Lawsuit

https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-environmental-groups-timber-industry-suit-cascade-siskiyou/A federal judge in Medford, Oregon, ruled Tuesday that several environmental groups can intervene in a lawsuit aimed at preventing the expansion the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

During his final days in office, President …

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This climate lawsuit the Trump administration doesn’t want to go to trial

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/09/this-climate-lawsuit-could-change-everything-no-wonder-the-trump-administration-doesnt-want-it-going-to-trial/The move allowed the case to join the ranks of climate lawsuits filed in other nations, which could upend the way environmental advocacy is conducted around the world.

Just last year, a court in the Netherlands ordered the Dutch government to cut …

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BNSF settles environmental lawsuit over coal car spills

https://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/class-i/bnsf-settles-environmental-lawsuit-over-coal-car-spills.htmlPuget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper and four other environmental groups brought a Clean Water Act lawsuit against BNSF for dust and spillage from open-top rail cars moving through the Pacific Northwest.

The Fort Worth-based railroad …

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Lawsuit claims poultry processor hurts Suwannee River

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-03-09/lawsuit-claims-poultry-processor-hurts-suwannee-riverEnvironmental groups are filing a federal lawsuit claiming poultry processing is damaging the Suwannee River and causing violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Environmental activists sued one of the world’s biggest poultry …

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SG Interests files libel lawsuit against environmental activist Kolbenschlag

https://www.postindependent.com/news/local/sg-interests-files-libel-lawsuit-against-environmental-activist/SG Interests, the energy company that held most of the Thompson Divide oil and gas leases canceled by the Bureau of Land Management last year, has filed a libel lawsuit against a Paonia-based environmental activist and consultant regarding a Facebook …

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Greens Threaten Lawsuits Over Rollback of Environmental Regs

https://morningconsult.com/2017/03/07/greens-threaten-lawsuits-rollback-environmental-regulations/Environmentalists warned on Tuesday they’re likely to sue the Trump administration over its anticipated efforts to roll back several key environmental regulations, as groups launch a new front of attack to preserve green-friendly rules signed by former …

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