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Castle Mountain Coalition v. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (D. Alaska 2016)

In Castle Mountain Coalition v. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, several non-profit organizations and the governing body of a federally-recognized Native Village challenged a federal agency’s determination that a state may interpret the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) to require an administrative proceeding be initiated in order to terminate a coal mining permit (rather than automatic termination) when the permit holder fails to commence mining operations within three years of the permit issuance.

April 13, 2018, Belovo district court decision annulling coal mine authorization

On April 13, 2018, a court in the Belovo district of Russia’s Kuzbass region nullified the authorization of a new open-pit coal mine that allowed for the expropriation of private agricultural lands in order to conduct the coal mining activities.  Ecodefense brought the case with four landowners and the legal support of Team 29, a group of Russian human rights lawyers.  The district court of Belovo rejected the defendants’ arguments about the importance of coal mining in comparison with agriculture and decided the government failed to adequately show a governmental need to expropriate the ag

People United Respecting the Environment (PURE) and Rights Action Group (RAG) v Environmental Management Authority and ALUTRINT Ltd. - Trinidad & Tobago HC - CV 2007 - 02263

People United Respecting the Environment (PURE) and Rights Action Group (RAG) v The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and Alutrint Ltd. CV 2007-02263

 

Case brief by: Nicole Mohammed, Environmental lawyer from Trinidad & Tobago

 

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) - Apellant V. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) - Respondent Appeal No. AT/NEPA/2010/1

 Jamaica's Access to Information Act was passed in 2002 and came into effect in 2004. The Act grants all members of the public the right to obtain access to official documents held by public authorities unless the information is exempt from disclosure under limited categories provided by the Act. The right of access to information is an internationally recognised human right. Having the right of access to information promotes accountability, transparency and public participation in national decision making.

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