Earlier this month, the Energy Center hosted a conference in Santiago on emerging trends in the use of international arbitration to resolve energy disputes in Latin America. Naturally, it was the sort of occasion that inspired a comparative law perspective. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who assumed office in March 2014 (after having served a previous… Full Story
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On June 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit released its long-awaited opinion in The Aransas Project v. Shaw, a case that pitted the protection of the endangered whooping crane against the State of Texas’ water regulators. The court reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of the environmental plaintiff and held… Full Story
This month, the Joint Committee on Austin Water Utility’s Financial Plan (Joint Committee) finalized recommendations to the Austin City Council for reforms to the utility’s rate structure. The local media have reported the Committee recommendations will ultimately lead to higher rates, to make up for revenue shortfalls that have resulted from improved conservation and drought… Full Story
(Editor’s Note: This post is the second of a two-part series on coal ash disposal. The first part focused on federal coal cash regulations and this post examines coal ash in Texas.) Texas is the largest consumer of coal in the U.S. and the second largest producer of coal ash, so the state is very… Full Story
(Editor’s Note: This post is the first of a two-part series on coal ash disposal. The first part focuses on federal coal cash regulations. The second examines coal ash in Texas. ) In February of this year, we heard a lot about the discharge of coal ash into the Dan River, which runs along the… Full Story