Environmental Impact Assessment

Australian Conservation Foundation v. Minister for Planning [2004] VCAT 2029

Environmental groups challenged an amendment to the provisions of a local planning scheme that was necessary for the expansion of the Hazelwood coal mine in southeastern Australia. The petitioners claimed that the environment effects statement (EES) should have included analysis of the impacts of carbon emissions when the coal is later burned.

Save Mon Region Federation v. Union of India

Save Mon Region Federation v. Union of India, Appeal No. 39 of 2012
National Green Tribunal (April 7, 2016)

The Save Mon Region Federation, on behalf of the Monpa indigenous community, challenged the environmental clearance granted for the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Naymjang Chhu River.  The Federation pointed to faults in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedure and a lack of close scrutiny of the project by the expert appraisal committee (EAC).

Del. Riverkeeper Network v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm'n

Del. Riverkeeper Network v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm'n, No. 13-1015 (D.C. Cir. 2014)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

A gas pipeline owner submitted four proposals to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to upgrade different portions of a pipeline that carries natural gas.  The upgrades collectively amounted to a complete overhaul of the pipeline system. 

S.P. Muthuraman v. Union of India

"This is an entirely unworkable system and is even contrary to the federal structure of the Constitution. If this approach and procedure is allowed to be followed then any builder/Project Proponent would complete his project causing irreversible damage to the environment and will then seek post-facto Environmental Clearance from the authorities making it a fait accompli situation.

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