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USA: Environmental groups to challenge oil industry countersuit over requirements for drilling applications

Auteur: The Center for Biological Diversity, Publié le: 7 December 2018

"Court to Hear L.A. Youths’ Challenge to Oil Industry’s Retaliatory SLAPP Suit", 6 Dec 2018

Attorneys representing youth groups from South Los Angeles and Wilmington and the Center for Biological Diversity will argue in a California appeals court Friday that an oil-industry lawsuit against the groups is “a classic example of a retaliatory strategic lawsuit against public participation”...

In 2016 the city of Los Angeles adopted new requirements for drilling applications and settled a lawsuit brought by the groups that alleged a pattern of environmental review violations and racial discrimination in the city’s oil-project approvals.  The California Independent Petroleum Association then countersued the groups and the city...

In 2015 Youth for Environmental Justice and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, joined by the Center for Biological Diversity, sued the city of Los Angeles for rubber-stamping oil projects in communities of color.  Both sides reached a settlement in 2016 after the city adopted new requirements for drilling applications to ensure compliance with state environmental review rules and protect vulnerable communities.  The California Independent Petroleum Association, which represents hundreds of crude-oil and natural-gas producers and related entities statewide, including oil giants Exxon and Chevron, then countersued the city and groups...

The groups filed an anti-SLAPP motion, which was denied by the L.A. Superior Court...

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal will hear oral arguments...

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Entreprises concernées: Chevron ExxonMobil