Capital Public Radio quoted professor Tom McGarity on a May 4 story on what’s been called the first anti-fracking verdict in the U.S. after a Dallas jury awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict is unique, according to McGarity. “It is rare for any case to go to the jury in a civil case, just simply because most settle,” he says. “[Aruba Petroleum] apparently decided to draw the line, which as it turns out was not necessarily a very good decision.”
News Types: Media Coverage
In an April 29 article, the Texas Tribune quoted professor David Spence on the Supreme Court’s air pollution ruling, by 6-2 vote, to reinstate the Cross-State Pollution Rule, a regulation that aims to limit the effects of air pollution across state boundaries. “This is a big decision,” said Spence. “It’s one of the things that is putting pressure on coal-fired power.”
State Impact Texas quoted professor David Spence in an April 8 story on a potential hydraulic fracturing ban in the Dallas suburb of Denton. In it, Spence explained that courts have tended to side with local governments in legal challenges to land use restrictions on fracking but that there is no Texas precedent squarely on point. “This issue may be enough of a hot-button issue that courts are going to really work hard to try to find a way to be able to uphold local ordinances, and at least we’ve seen a little bit of that in the northeast.”
In an April 2 article, the Texas Tribune quoted Energy Center research fellow Jeremy Brown on the United States’ intervention into a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over Rio Grande water.
Numerous media outlets have quoted Energy Center Executive Director on the Galveston Bay oil spill.
The Washington Post, running a Bloomberg story, quoted her as saying: ““I think we found after the BP oil spill it’s very difficult to predict how that oil is going to behave … A lot of it depends on weather conditions, the type of oil that spilled, the weight of that oil, and the constituents in that oil.”
A March 11 Texas Tribune article quotes Energy Center research fellow Jeremy Brown on the potential implications of a legislator’s request to the state attorney general’s office to issue an opinion on the legality of bag bans.
A March 6 Texas Tribune article on water conservation financing in Texas mentions a recent workshop the Energy Center so-sponsored on Water Conservation and Reuse Projects in the Age of SWIFT: New Funds and New Priorities. The article quotes workshop panelists Jeff Leuschel, Mary Kelly, and Carole Baker.
In a December 8 article on how the state can implement the Proposition 6 conservation set-aside, the Houston Chronicle quotes Energy Center research fellow Jeremy Brown on the legal considerations surrounding decentralized infrastructure.
In a November 27 article, Aftermarket News, a trade publication for the automotive industry, quoted Professor Thomas McGarity’s testimony from a recent Congressional hearing about the adequacy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a rulemaking agency:
“According to McGarity, ‘The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has effectively given up on rulemaking unless specifically required by statute, focusing instead on its statutory power to force the recall of motor vehicles that contain ‘defects’ related to safety performance. The move away from rulemaking to adjudication gives the agency the flexibility to allow policies to evolve through the gradual process of stare decisis.’”
A November 13 BNA Bloomberg article quotes Professor Wendy Wagner on legislation Congress is considering to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act: