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)

Inequality.org | 17-Jan-2020
NAFTA 2.0 cleared another hurdle as the U.S. Senate approved the trade deal with bipartisan support.
Macleans | 15-Jan-2020
A Canadian mining exec’s decades-long tussle with Kazakhstan is finally over. He was awarded nearly $53 million.
CIAR Global | 14-Jan-2020
La compensación concedida a Luksic y Barrick ascendía a 4.087.000 millones de dólares por la denegación del arrendamiento minero, más intereses hasta la fecha de la adjudicación de 1.753.000 millones.
GlobeNewswire | 13-Jan-2020
The dispute arises out of certain acts and omissions of the United Republic of Tanzania, relating to the SMP Gold Project, says the company.
CIAR Global | 10-Jan-2020
La demanda de RWE Innogy GmbH y RWE Innogy Aersa S.A.U. contra España fue presentada el 23 de diciembre de 2014, se trataba de la octava demanda iniciada hasta entonces contra el país por las energías renovables en CIADI.
Global Legal Chronicle | 10-Jan-2020
Ukraine settled an investment-treaty arbitration with Russian gas company Gazprom.
CCFD-Terre Solidaire | 9-Jan-2020
Des communautés ont combattu des mines d’or toxiques, des forages pétroliers et des projets immobiliers de luxe. Aujourd’hui, de coûteuses poursuites en justice en vertu du règlement de différends entre investisseurs et États (ISDS) risquent d’annuler leurs victoires.
CEO | 9-Jan-2020
Inspiring people fought toxic gold mines, dirty oil drilling and greedy luxury real estate projects. Now, costly investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) lawsuits risk to reverse their community victories.
LesEco | 9-Jan-2020
Le géant américain estime qu’une récente démarche du Maroc a pour but de retarder le dénouement de l’affaire de la liquidation de la raffinerie.
CIAR Global | 7-Jan-2020
La constructora peruana Graña y Montero ha comunicado el desistimiento del arbitraje presentado ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones, CIADI, tras haber llegado a un acuerdo con el gobierno peruano

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