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Recent articles by Sebastien:

Ohio top court says Duke Energy off the hook for costly meter-reading error

Duke Energy Ohio Inc cannot be held responsible by Ohio's utility regulator for its failure, as the meter-data-management agent, to accurately estimate how much electricity end-use supplier Direct Energy Business LLC sold a large industrial facility in 2013 through Duke's... → Read More

Steel co enters nationwide permit debate in new lawsuit to deter Texas pipeline

A Texas steel company has asked a federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to halt the construction of a crude oil pipeline projected to cross its property, arguing that the same reasoning that led to the suspension of a permit in Montana for the Keystone XL oil pipeline should... → Read More

Refinery can't hide behind pseudonym for renewable energy program exemption

A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. made public on Thursday its denial of a small refinery's motion bid to use a pseudonym in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its exemption status from a renewable energy program. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Judge rebuffs states' 'unreasonable' bid for attorneys' fees in DOE lawsuit

A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday denied a bid by states including California to obtain $930,000 in attorneys' fees, an amount the judge called "unreasonable" given the case's slim docket and the leading role of green groups in the consolidated lawsuit. → Read More

Michigan to pay $600 million to Flint water crisis victims

The U.S. state of Michigan said on Thursday that it had reached a preliminary settlement to pay $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis, potentially closing a chapter on one of the country's worst public health crises in recent memory. → Read More

IN BRIEF: N.Y. announces record settlement with utilities over failed 2018 storms response

Electric utility Consolidated Edison Company (ConEd) and one of its subsidiaries in an agreement with New York's Public Service Commission on Thursday to pay $10.75 million to settle accusations by the regulator that the companies failed to adequately execute an emergency plan during two 2018 winter storms, leading to power outages for hundreds of thousands of customers. → Read More

Dow Chemical, others must face pollution lawsuit by N.Y. water districts

A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York greenlighted lawsuits by dozens of Long Island water districts who accuse manufacturers and licensors of a toxic chemical, including The Dow Chemical Company, of knowingly letting the substance migrate into the ground and contaminate the districts' water wells. → Read More

In Canada's COVID-19 capital, bone-weary nurses plead for summer break

Quebec nurses and orderlies are pleading for time off this summer, ahead of a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall, as Canada's hardest-hit province from the virus wrestles with a staffing crunch in its health sector. → Read More

Q&A: Ex-Environmental Defense Fund GC on the pandemic's impact on green advocacy

Reuters recently spoke to Jim Tripp, a long-time general counsel and then senior counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), who retired in early 2019, about the ramifications of the pandemic's economic impact on the scope of future environmental lawsuits by green groups and on legal strategies they might adopt to forge ahead. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 9th Circuit won't stay ruling canceling Keystone XL pipeline permit

A federal appeals court has declined to immediately stay a lower court ruling that canceled a nationwide environmental permit, a move that threatens to delay construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other oil and natural gas pipeline projects. → Read More

In Canada's Quebec province, deconfinement takes baby steps with schools re-opening

The Canadian province of Quebec, where a majority of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have been tallied countrywide, re-opened some of its schools on Monday, as some parents and teachers expressed uncertainty over the move's safety. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 60 House reps to Pelosi: no legal 'immunity' for fossil fuel cos during pandemic

Sixty Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged its speaker and its minority leader to oppose limiting liability for the oil and gas industry in future coronavirus pandemic relief packages. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Enviros sue over EPA's 'black box' toxic chemicals approval process

A coalition of five environmental groups has sued the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that it has stymied public participation in its decisionmaking over what new, potentially hazardous chemicals can be manufactured in the United States, in violation of a federal chemical-safety statute. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 3M to pay Wolverine $55 mln, resolving PFAS lawsuit

Chemical maker 3M Company has agreed to pay shoemaker Wolverine World Wide Inc $55 million to resolve a lawsuit that claims 3M knowingly sold Wolverine a product that polluted groundwater around a Wolverine factory. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Texas cities, counties sue Kinder Morgan over Permian Highway Pipeline

A coalition of four Texas cities and counties and others have sued Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Austin federal court, accusing the company behind the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline of posing a threat to endangered species in central and south Texas without the required permit. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Houston residents sue Union Pacific for $100 mln over hazardous substance

More than 80 Houston residents have sued Union Pacific Railroad Company in Texas county court, accusing it of having knowingly contaminated their Houston neighborhoods with a wood preservative known as creosote they say is carcinogenic. → Read More

EPA sued over 'outdated' oil dispersants plan

A coalition of four conservation groups and residents of Alaska and Louisiana sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in Oakland federal court accusing it of failing to update a national plan that provides for treating oil spills in water with chemicals they say are toxic. → Read More

U.S. Navy, green groups propose settlement of ships' pollution lawsuit

The U.S. Navy has tentatively agreed to cease for 10 years the underwater scraping of the hulls of decommissioned ships in waters near Seattle in a move that would resolve a lawsuit in which an Indian tribe and environmental groups in Washington state accused it of discharging pollutants without a permit. → Read More

U.S. appeals court orders dismissal of youth climate change lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by children and young adults who claimed they had a constitutional right to be protected from climate change, in a major setback to efforts to spur the U.S. government to address the issue. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Michigan AG sues 3M, DuPont and others over PFAS chemicals

The state of Michigan sued 3M Co, E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co and 15 other chemical makers for allegedly contaminating the state's drinking water with potentially hazardous chemicals, adding to a growing list of state attorneys general suing manufacturers of the substances. → Read More