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)

Globe Newswire | 16-Nov-2018
The net award for Athena Investments amounts to approx. EUR 11M.
CIAR Global | 14-Nov-2018
La compañía estadounidense Legacy Vulcan notificó hace dos meses la intención de someter una reclamación contra México a arbitraje en relación con sus inversiones en yacimientos de piedra caliza y al amparo del Capítulo XI del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN).
Business Review | 13-Nov-2018
The Romanian government has won a trial at World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against the Swiss-based energy trader Alpiq in a case related to Hidroelectrica insolvency procedure.
Romandie | 12-Nov-2018
Alpiq a été débouté dans une procédure arbitrale avec l’Etat roumain dans le litige qui l’opposait à la société énergétique publique roumaine Hidroelectrica.
The Citizen | 12-Nov-2018
Tanzania is currently facing 13 cases on investment disputes in various international courts with $185.58 million (about Sh426 billion) demanded.
Reuters | 7-Nov-2018
Acacia threatened in October to use a bilateral investment treaty to force direct negotiations with Tanzania after Barrick failed to settle the row that has rumbled on for more than a year and a half.
Rosia Montana | 5-Nov-2018
Roşia Montană voices to be heard in illegal Romanian gold mine litigation
La República | 2-Nov-2018
El presidente de la República Martín Vizcarra aprobó una partida de S/ 108 394 504 soles a favor de la minera. El pago se debe a la cancelación del proyecto minero debido a las protestas conocidas como el Aimarazo.
Australian Financial Review | 2-Nov-2018
Businesses in the mining sector and beyond insist protection for Australian investors in Indonesia is required in a free trade deal.
Medias24 | 30-Oct-2018
Corral demande des dédommagements mais n’a pas encore précisé le montant.

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