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Cap-and-Trade Proposal in California Hits Court Setback

A centerpiece of California’s precedent-setting climate change law (AB 32) was dealt a blow by a San Francisco Superior Court ruling released last Monday that could require a full-blown environmental impact report (EIR) before the proposed cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be implemented. It was set to be effective next year, but could have to wait until at least to 2013.

March 25, 2011

Halliburton Agrees to Turn Over Fracking Data to EPA

Halliburton Co.said it has reached an agreement to turn over to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all documents related to fluids used in the controversial hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process, ending a battle that could have landed in court.

December 9, 2010

Alaska Judge Sides With State in Point Thomson Lease Take-Back

An Alaska Superior Court judge at the end of December ruled that the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was in the right when it rejected the 22nd plan of development for the state’s Point Thomson oil and gas field.

January 7, 2008

Alaska Judge Sides With State in Point Thomson Lease Take-Back

An Alaska Superior Court judge Thursday ruled that the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was in the right when it rejected the 22nd plan of development for the state’s Point Thomson oil and gas field.

January 2, 2008

Long Beach LNG Court Case Set for February Hearing

The California Superior Court in Los Angeles set a Feb. 11 hearing on Mitsubishi’s Sound Energy Solutions’ (SES) lawsuit seeking to force the Port of Long Beach to completed an unfinished environmental review of SES’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in the Port of Long Beach. The latest court action came last Friday.

December 19, 2007

CA Judge Orders Sempra, Others to Turn Over Tapes

Sempra Energy said last week that it will comply with a California Superior Court judge’s ruling in San Diego that it, along with more than two dozen other energy suppliers, turn over 100 hours of recordings of natural gas trading operations during the state’s 2000-2001 energy crisis.

August 14, 2006

CA Judge Orders Sempra, Others to Turn Over Tapes

Sempra Energy indicated Tuesday it will comply with a California Superior Court Judge’s ruling in San Diego that the energy holding company and more than two dozen other energy suppliers turn over 100 hours of tape recordings of natural gas trading operations during the state’s 2000-2001 energy crisis that has spawned numerous lawsuits. The case brought by California municipalities and other large gas users is one of many consolidated under Judge Ronald Prager.

August 10, 2006

Court Approves Sempra Class Action Settlement

A state Superior Court judge in San Diego Wednesday approved the pending settlement previously announced for Sempra Energy and its two major California utilities in a multi-billion-dollar class action lawsuit.

June 29, 2006

Judge Tentatively Upholds Sempra Class Action Settlement

California Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager in San Diego late Wednesday tentatively upheld Sempra Energy’s $1.8 billion class action settlement and then Thursday heard several hours of objections to the deal from attorneys representing various state and utility interests. California’s attorney general has argued the settlement could preclude several pending legal actions involving Sempra, and the value of the deal is overstated.

June 12, 2006

Settlement Talks Continue as Pre-Trial Hearings are Planned in Sempra Lawsuit

California Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager in San Diego held a status conference last week in a multi-billion-dollar class action lawsuit against Sempra Energy regarding its role in wholesale natural gas price spikes in 1996. Sempra CEO Stephen Baum told analysts on Tuesday that the judge has laid out an ambitious timeline for the upcoming trial as settlement talks continue among the parties.

August 4, 2005