Litigating Against Energy

By July 26, 2008General

Who in the world could be satisfied with the goal-line defense Congressional leadership has mounted against additional domestic energy supplies?

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch July 25:

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed legal challenges today to the state’s approval of a $1.8 billion coal-fired power plant that Dominion Virginia Power plans to build in Wise County in Southwest Virginia.

Two filings in Richmond Circuit Court challenge the state Air Pollution Control Board’s vote last month to issue two permits for the plant.

The third filing in Virginia Supreme Court challenges the State Corporation Commission’s approval of the plant in March.

The law center filed the challenges on behalf of four environmental groups – the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club.

The suit makes several claims, one that argues that carbon dioxide emissions should be limited. In effect, these groups — including the nationally powerful Sierra Club — want no more coal-fired power plants. Anywhere in the United States.

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel July 19:

Two conservation groups are calling on Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to protest oil and gas leasing of federal lands on the Roan Plateau. A representative for one of them says state protests have proved effective elsewhere.

The National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Sportsmen, which is part of the Sierra Club, have been running newspaper ads urging Ritter to “help protect” the plateau from an oil and gas lease planned by the Bureau of Land Management for Aug. 14…[snip] [Steve] Torbit [of the [National Wildlife Federation] said his group won’t file its own protest. Instead, it is pinning its hopes on a lawsuit it filed along with numerous other conservation groups to try to stop the leasing of the Roan.

Great Falls Tribune (July 1):

Two environmental groups on Monday sued the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, alleging the state has failed to limit greenhouse gas emissions in an air permit for a coal-fired power plant planned east of Great Falls.

In a ruling in a separate case involving carbon controls, which also was filed Monday, a judge in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia ruled that carbon was a pollutant that’s subject to regulation (Story on 3A).

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