A U.S. energy regulatory agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued a certificate authorizing a natural gas company to upgrade part of a pipeline. The agency improperly segmented its environmental review of the project by failing to consider the cumulative and connected impacts of other related pipeline projects in the vicinity.
Costa Rican environment and energy ministry was justified in terminating a petroleum exploration contract when the oil company proposed exploration activities that would cause unacceptable environmental impact. Oil company violated contract obligations when it failed to obtain approval of its environmental impact assessment for exploratory drilling.
The supersession clause in the statewide Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law does not preempt the authority vested in municipalities to regulate oil and gas production activities, including hydrofracking, within municipal boundaries.
A Canadian court has jurisdiction to recognize and enforce a foreign judgment holding an oil company financially responsible for environmental pollution caused by oil development activities in Ecuador.
The Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines ruled that a service contract for oil exploration, development, and production issued by the government of the Philippines in the protected area of the Tañon Strait was unconstitutional.