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Sebastien Malo

IN BRIEF: Alaska sues after feds open hunting, citing COVID-19 food shortage

Aug 11 2020

The state of Alaska has sued in Anchorage federal court a U.S. fish and wildlife management board after its employees opened to tribal members a deer and moose hunt in response to claims of food shortages they said resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

IN BRIEF: Florida's sugar industry asks judge to toss lawsuit over 'toxic' sugarcane burning

Aug 11 2020

Members of Florida's sugar industry have asked a West Palm Beach federal court to dismiss claims by nonwhite residents in impoverished areas that allege their method of burning sugarcane fields near homes disproportionately exposes them to toxic smoke.

Big oil asks to pause climate-case remand to petition SCOTUS

Aug 11 2020

Energy companies accused by California municipalities of maintaining a nuisance by promoting and selling fossil fuels while knowing that burning those fuels would contribute to climate change have asked a federal appeals court to pause a mandate sending the case back to state court, so that they may petition the U.S. Supreme Court.

Arconic, others' double dip on Superfund cleanup costs not time-barred - 9th Circ

Aug 10 2020

A federal appeals court on Monday reversed a ruling by a lower court that said it was too late for tens of companies including aluminum giant Arconic and BASF Corporation to seek financial contributions from more than a dozen other companies to clean up a Superfund site in southern California.

Texas federal judge says insurer right to deny coverage for well to nowhere

Aug 07 2020

A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that an insurer was right to deny coverage to a Texan oil and gas contractor that caused another company to lose $1.7 million because it dug a well in the state's eastern portion that was too shallow to be of any use.

Oregon judge tosses cattlemens' bid to limit protected waters law

Aug 07 2020

A federal judge in Portland has dismissed a case by Oregon cattlemen who sought to limit the types of waters that are protected from pollution under federal law, finding that the plaintiff had not shown they suffered an injury.

CORRECTED - IN BRIEF: Park Service ducks Fire Island deer management plan claims, for now

Aug 06 2020

A federal court in New York's Long Island has dismissed claims by two animal welfare groups alleging that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) illegally adopted a plan to manage deer population in a protected area by killing the animals.

IN BRIEF: Sierra Club, NRDC pile on to NEPA overhaul lawsuits

Aug 06 2020

A third coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump administration in federal court on Thursday over its overhaul of a cornerstone environmental law whose implementation is expected to fast-track infrastructure projects such as oil pipelines and road expansions.

IN BRIEF: Utah and EPA reach $360 mln settlement over Gold King Mine

Aug 05 2020

Utah on Wednesday agreed to drop claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the polluting of the state's waters from the release five years ago of wastewater from a defunct southwestern Colorado gold mine, following a settlement deal.

IN BRIEF: 10th Circuit rejects oil biz group's challenge to federal royalties rule

Aug 05 2020

A federal appeals court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that had partly granted the American Petroleum Institute's (API) challenge of a rule penalizing oil and gas producers who underreport their output on federally leased land.

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