Legal News Articles - Environment
March 18, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Daytona, FL: It goes without saying that car racing, as a sport can be a dangerous pastime, especially for the driver. For that reason intense research and design strategies have taken center stage in an effort to better protect drivers from potential injuries stemming from catastrophic high-speed accidents. But what of spectators, who view the proceedings in the stands without benefit of helmets, or flame-retardant suits? While the industry continually strives to better protect the driver, do racetracks respond in kind with equal intensity? That question forms the basis of a Florida Premises Liability lawsuit against Daytona International Speedway after a spectator was seriously injured in 2013.Read [ Partial Victory for Fan in Florida Premises Liability Lawsuit against Daytona Speedway ]
October 26, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: A $14.75 billion settlement between consumers, the federal government and Volkwagen has been granted final approval. The deal includes an aggressive timeline for VW to begin buying back cars that have the infamous emissions cheating software.Read [ $14.2B Settlement Finalized in VW Emissions Class Action ]
October 17, 2016. By Brenda Craig.
Everett, MA A New England team of environmental lawyers from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is taking ExxonMobil to court to force the oil giant to upgrade its storage facilities in Everett, Massachusetts.Read [ Climate Change Litigation Likely to Spill Over ]
July 25, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Carmel Valley, CA Wildfires raging in Central California have prompted a series of evacuation warnings this past weekend, including a pre-evacuation warning issued Sunday for Rancho San Carlos, White Rock and San Rancho Clemente due to the Soberanes Fire.Read [ Soberanes Wildfire Destroying Homes and Property ]
July 25, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: New evacuation orders were issued over the weekend for a wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area that has grown to more than 20,000 acres. The fire now threatens hundreds of homes in Sand and Placerita canyon areas.Read [ LA Wildfire Explodes to 20,000 Acres ]
May 9, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Fort McMurray, AB: It’s been a tough week for Canada, a devastating week for Alberta and a horror for those displaced from the oil hub of Fort McMurray, after a massive wildfire, the dimensions of which have never before been seen, swept through their community and sent no fewer than 88,000 people fleeing for their lives.Read [ Alberta Wildfires Dubbed “The Beast” Still Burning Out of Control ]
April 26, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles (April 26, 2016) (Press Release): A Los Angeles Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow in the Southern California Gas Company case regarding continued relocation of residents from the Porter Ranch well blowout. This hearing follows the reversal by the California Court of Appeal of another superior court judge who rejected the County’s request for additional time before residents are asked to return. The Honorable John Wiley, Jr. will hear from Plaintiffs and Gas Company lawyers regarding a number of additional issues, including the right of experts jointly retained by the law firms representing residents to inspect the site or whether the CPUC has exclusive jurisdiction over such discovery.Read [ Major Hearing Scheduled in SoCalGas Porter Ranch Well Blowout Case ]
April 20, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles, April 19, 2016 (Press Release): - Save Porter Ranch discovered public records showing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) knew of leaking wells and yet DOGGR repeatedly issued permits to SoCalGas without the proper data showing gas would be confined underground. One example is API 03721313 (32F). Well 32F had a patch installed in 1986, but SoCalGas removed the patch in 2010. Well 32F has not passed any mechanical integrity tests since 2010. As of today, 32F still does not pass any tests and is a significant risk to the health and safety of the community. This is just one example of records showing DOGGR knew of the leaking wells and continued to issue permits.Read [ Save Porter Ranch and 24 Residents File Class Action Claim ]
689 Residents Living Near Porter Ranch File First Wave of Claims Against the State of California for Gas Injection Well Blowout
April 18, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles, April 15, 2016 (Press Release): - The massive gas injection well blowout of well SS-25 in the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility operated by SoCalGas created a geyser that lasted over three months. Natural gas, noxious odors, hazardous chemicals, and toxic pollutants rolled down the hillside into Porter Ranch and surrounding areas. The blowout ultimately released 100,000 tons of natural gas. The volume of gas ejected was 220 times greater than the volume of oil released during the B.P. oil spill.Read [ 689 Residents Living Near Porter Ranch File First Wave of Claims Against the State of California for Gas Injection Well Blowout ]
March 19, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Porter Ranch, CA: Even though SoCalGas has notified Porter Ranch gas leak victims who were relocated that they have to move back home by the March 17 deadline, Judy Ly and her family don’t believe it’s safe. “I think it’s just a matter of time until another well leaks, and we have risked enough of our health,” says Judy.Read [ Porter Ranch Family “Prisoners in Their Own Home” ]
“And we plan on selling our home, even at a loss. SoCalGas made the decision for us.”