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Environmental brief ~ Judge rules Alaska pipeline owners overcharged by refineries

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's environmental law news, Judge John Suddock of the Alaska Superior Court [official website] has ruled that owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline [corporate website] have been overcharging in-state refineries for crude oil transport. The ruling upholds a 2002 decision by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska [official website] which had been challenged by the pipeline owners, including BP, Conoco Phillips, and Exxon Mobil. The ruling could lead to the pipeline owners refunding more than $125 million to the refineries. The Anchorage Daily News has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • A number of environmental advocacy groups have announced they will challenge a proposal [PDF text] by Canada's Ontario government [official website], which includes the construction of new nuclear power plants, unless an environmental assessment is completed first. The advocacy groups, including Greenpeace [advocacy website], the Pembina Institute [advocacy website] and the David Suzuki Foundation [advocacy website], argue that the assessment is required under the Environmental Assessment Act [text]. The Ontario Ministry of Energy [official website] says the province will complete environmental reviews only for individual power plants, not for the government's overall electricity plan. The Globe and Mail has more.

  • India's Delhi state government [official website] has announced it will cease issuing operating permits to mini-trucks within the capital of New Delhi, unless the mini-trucks are converted from diesel to compressed natural gas. The proposal, initially drafted by the Transport Department [official website], is expected to affect about 30,000 vehicles. Express India has more.

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