Petitioners asked the National Green Tribunal to require the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change to implement restrictions on water consumption and emissions adopted in 2015 for new thermal power plants. The Ministry had requested the Supreme Court grant an extension on the required timeline for implementing the regulation.
United Soils Management Ltd. v. Mohammed, 2017 ONSC 4450 (July 25, 2017)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice
European Commission v. Federal Republic of Germany, Case C 142/16 (April 26, 2017)
European Court of Justice
German officials authorized construction of the Moorburg coal-fired power plant in the port of Hamburg along the Elbe River. The river serves as the migratory route for fish listed in Annex II of the European Union (EU) Habitats Directive.
Tennessee Clean Water Network v. Tennessee Valley Authority, No. 3:15-cv-00424 (M.D. Tenn. August 4, 2017)
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
For decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) disposed coal ash from a coal-fired power plant near Gallatin, Tennessee into unlined ponds adjacent to the Cumberland River. Two local organizations filed a case alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea v. The Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment  UKPC 37 (November 27, 2017)
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Salim v. State of Uttarakhand, Writ Petition (PIL) No.126 of 2014 (December 5, 2016 and March 20, 2017)
High Court of Uttarakhand
NOTE: In July 2017, the Supreme Court of India issued a stay of the High Court’s order. The appeal has not yet been decided.
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Mohammed Salim filed public interest litigation in the High Court of Uttarakhand concerning illegal construction and encroachments along the Ganges River, as well as the failure to constitute the Ganga Management Board, as required by the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000.
Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation  ONCA 827 (October 31, 2017)
Court of Appeal for Ontario
Ecuadorian community members filed an action in Canada for recognition and enforcement of an Ecuadorian court judgment holding Chevron accountable for environmental harm from petroleum development in the Amazon. The Superior Court of Justice granted Chevron’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim against Chevron (Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation  ONSC 135).
In re Application of Maui Electric Company, Case No. SCWC-15-0000640 (Dec. 14, 2017)
Hawaii Supreme Court