Quote of the Week, 09/30/2013

QUOTATION: Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. AUTHOR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) ATTRIBUTION: President FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, remarks before the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C., April 21, 1938.—The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938, p. 259 (1941).

US Court of Appeals Bolsters Citizens’ Abilities to Enforce Clean Water Act

US Court of Appeals Bolsters Citizens’ Abilities to Enforce Clean Water Act

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) allows a citizen to sue to enforce the CWA’s prohibition against discharging water pollutants without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Congress allows for citizen enforcement suits as a way to ensure regulatory agencies do their job. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit bolstered citizens’ abilities to enforce the Clean Water Act. Continue reading

Fracking Lawsuit in Colorado Moves Forward; Lone Pine Orders Not Permitted Under Colorado Law

Fracking Lawsuit in Colorado Moves Forward; Lone Pine Orders Not Permitted Under Colorado Law

Last month, a Colorado appeals court reinstated a family’s lawsuit against fracking companies who claimed they were sickened by the companies’ shale gas well near their home. The decision signified a victory for environmental plaintiffs as the Colorado appeals court ruled “Lone Pine orders” are not permitted under Colorado Law. In the past, Lone Pine orders were used by companies as a procedural roadblock to prevent toxic exposure claims from making their way through the court system. Continue reading