Energy & environment

Most investor-state disputes (ISDS) have concerned environmental matters. As of end of 2014, about 41% of all ICSID cases were energy and natural resources-related.

Most well-known cases include:

• Lone Pine Resources (US) vs. Canada: the investor challenged Quebec’s moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas. The provincial government declared the moratorium in 2011 so as to conduct an environmental impact assessment of the extraction method widely accused of leaching chemicals and gases into groundwater and the air. Case pending (NAFTA invoked).

• Bilcon (US) vs. Canada: the US industry challenged Canadian environmental requirements affecting their plans to open a basalt quarry and a marine terminal in Nova Scotia. Bilcon won – damages still pending (NAFTA invoked).

• Vattenfall (Sweden) vs. Germany: in 2007 the Swedish energy corporation was granted a provisional permit to build a coal-fired power plant near the city of Hamburg. In an effort to protect the Elbe river from the waste waters dumped from the plant, environmental restrictions were added before the final approval of its construction. The investor initiated a dispute, arguing it would make the project unviable. The case was ultimately settled in 2011, with the city of Hamburg agreeing to the lowering of environmental standards (ECT invoked).

(October 2015)

The East African | 16-Jul-2018
Rwanda faces an international arbitration suit filed by two American firms contesting the cancellation of their mining concession.
CIAR Global | 6-Jul-2018
El 2 de julio de 2018, el Ciadi, registró la demanda de arbitraje de la minera canadiense Gran Colombia Gold contra Colombia en la que reclama 700 millones de dólares relacionada con la cesión de un título minero a las comunidades locales para explotar la minería a cielo abierto, tras una pugna de más de una década con la denuncia medioambiental y de Derechos Humanos como protagonistas.
Le Petit Journal | 4-Jul-2018
Le Comité du patrimoine mondiale de l’UNESCO a décidé de reporter l’inclusion du site minier de Rosia Montana sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.
Cinco Días | 3-Jul-2018
Reclama una indemnización por la retirada de la concesión en un gasoducto. Confía en recuperarla en el plazo de tres años.
Vaaju | 3-Jul-2018
Enagás has requested a proceeding before the ICSID against the Peruvian state after negotiating for six months without success to reach a friendly agreement in relation to the company’s investment in the Peruvian South Gas Management Project.
Le Temps | 2-Jul-2018
Sur la base du Traité de la charte de l’énergie, des investisseurs étrangers réclament des sommes astronomiques aux Etats qui décident de passer aux énergies renouvelables.
Business Review | 29-Jun-2018
The minister of culture says that the government has proposed the delay of the inclusion of Rosia Montana in the UNESCO World Heritage list until there is a final ruling in the case opened by Gabriel Resources against Romania.
Toronto Star | 24-Jun-2018
NAFTA is a corporate rights agreement, not a free-trade agreement in the original sense.
Express Tribune | 24-Jun-2018
Due to the failure of the caretaker government to deposit Rs15 billion security guarantee, a stay order in favour of Pakistan on the execution of the $846 million arbitration cost awarded to the Turkish firm, Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim has been vacated.
Expansión | 22-Jun-2018
El Ciadi ha dictado un laudo arbitral que obliga a España a pagar 112 millones de euros a Antin por el recorte de las primas a las energías renovables en el que es su tercer fallo contra el país.

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