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Court Rejects Oil Industry's Retaliatory Lawsuit Against L.A. Youth Groups

A California appeals court [on 15 February 2019] dismissed an oil-industry lawsuit against youth groups from South Los Angeles and Wilmington, the Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Los Angeles. The California Independent Petroleum Association, which represents Exxon, Chevron and hundreds of crude-oil and natural-gas producers and related entities statewide, filed the suit after the groups won protections against neighborhood oil drilling from the city…

Oil and gas drilling releases toxic chemicals known to cause a range of health problems, from asthma and headaches to a higher risk of cancer. Drilling sites in South Los Angeles and Wilmington, neighborhoods that are predominantly black and Latino, are on average hundreds of feet closer to homes, schools and playgrounds than drilling sites in neighborhoods with larger numbers of white residents… 

Today’s decision…reversed [previous decisions], siding with the groups and dismissing the Petroleum Association’s suit as having “no probability of prevailing.” “I’ll never let the oil industry bully me into silence,” said Briannda Escobedo of Youth for Environmental Justice. “This win shows what happens when communities come together to stand up to polluters. It gives me hope to continue fighting for the healthy neighborhoods we deserve...”

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USA: Court dismisses strategic lawsuit brought by association representing oil & gas producers against nonprofits advocating for non-discriminatory drilling requirements

California Independent Petroleum Association lawsuit (re change in drilling permissions, USA)