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Mexican Court Overturns Ethanol Blending Injunction
June 15, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  A federal tribunal in Mexico Thursday overturned an injunction blocking ethanol blending from climbing to 10% from 5.8%, two sources connected to the case told S&P Global Platts. 
“Effectively, today the collegiate court …

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance
May 14, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS obligation would lead to further demand destruction for U.S. ethanol producers and corn growers who …

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant
March 30, 2018 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on …

James Hay Reviewing Products after Biofuel Saga
March 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Hope William-Smith (Money Marketing)  James Hay is reviewing its older products, following its well-publicised issues with the Elysian Fuels biofuel investment scheme.  
James Hay revealed last May it is involved in a legal dispute with HM Revenue & …

EU Scraps Duty on Most Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel: Document
March 21, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters)  The European Union has removed duties on biodiesel imports for 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), an EU document shows.
The bloc …

Big Oil Faces Big Test in Climate-Change Court Showdown with SF, Oakland
March 20, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Kurtis Alexander (San Francisco Chronicle)  A San Francisco judge who must decide whether to hold the world’s largest oil companies responsible for global warming is ordering up what many are calling the most comprehensive, and …

EPA Spares Philly Refiner in Bankruptcy Settlement
March 13, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA will allow bankrupt refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions to meet only a portion of its outstanding obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard as part of a settlement filed with …

First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others
February 28, 2018 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Kevon Paynter (Yes! Magazine)  Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country.  —  … A key piece of Shell’s arctic drilling fleet, the vessel …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says
December 4, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company …

The Cost of Ethanol: Bad Faith, Broken Promises and a Plan up in Smoke
November 29, 2017 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Joel Wittnebel (The Oshawa Express)  The shroud of secrecy at Oshawa’s waterfront is starting to lift, and it tells a troubling tale of mismanagement, failed investments and poor decisions that not only led to the end …

South Bibb Neighbors Protest Decision to Allow Ethanol Rail Line
November 16, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(13WMAZ)  The Executive Director of Macon’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Jim Thomas, says they are going to appeal a judge’s ruling to allow an ethanol-transfer station to open up in south Macon. 
Two years ago, the commission …

Judge Reverses Macon Zoning Decision, Says Ethanol Fuel Station Can Be Built
November 10, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Linda S. Morris (The Telegraph)  A Bibb County judge said the Macon zoning commission “grossly abused their discretion in denying” an application for a permit for a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station in …

European Industry Counterattacks against Argentine Biodiesel
November 10, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Aline Robert (EurActiv)  A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November.  
It’s the latest episode in a commercial war between European biodiesel and its …

Court Fight Begins over Delaware City Refinery’s Ethanol Project
November 10, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  A court battle over the Delaware City Refinery’s plans to significantly expand its biofuel operations is now officially underway – nearly a year after state regulators approved the project.
The dispute …

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM Achieves Cellulosic Biofuel Breakthrough
November 6, 2017 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Dakota, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming …

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Blending Faces Legal Hurdles Following Injunction
October 24, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick and Silvia Struthers (Platts)  A future that once looked rosy for climbing ethanol blends with gasoline in Mexico could be in jeopardy as legal challenges to a new fuel regulation have found traction in court.
A …

Oakland and San Francisco Lawsuits to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for Their Contributions to Sea Level Rise a ‘Bold and Necessary Step to Protect Their Communities,’ Says Science Group
September 21, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Ken Kimmell (Union of Concerned Scientists)  Oakland and San Francisco today (September 20, 2017) announced lawsuits against fossil fuel companies seeking compensation for current and future costs of adapting to climate-related sea level rise. …

Mexico Court Temporarily Blocks Higher Ethanol in Gasoline -Activist
September 15, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Adriana Barrera (Reuters)  A Mexican judge on Wednesday granted a temporary injunction against an increase in the ethanol content in gasoline for domestic consumption to as much as 10 percent, according to an environmentalist involved …

California’s Supreme Court Denies ARB Petition To Review LCFS Case
September 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Kimberly Farbota (Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report) In a previous post, we described how potential delays in the resolution of the case commonly known as POET I could create uncertainty regarding the future of …

The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation
August 31, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  When projects fail to meet expectations, the participant discontent inevitably leads to increased litigation. As with any specialized area, bioeconomy litigation requires the assistance of experienced experts to assist …

Yogurt Maker Fage Sues over Stalled Ethanol Plant
August 22, 2017 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by John Cropley  (Daily Gazette)  More than $20 million is sought  —  Fage has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $20 million from a company that agreed to buy waste whey from its massive yogurt …

EBB: There Is No Reason EU Should Act Now to Lower Import Duties
August 9, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(European Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU member states are to decide on the European Commission’s proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic …

NBB Considers Legal Options Regarding Surging Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Since Filing of Trade Petition
July 7, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   New data show that dumped and subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina continue unabated and, in fact, have further surged into the United States. In March of 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) …

Poet Accuses Engineering Company of Failure in Quest for Cellulosic Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader) Ethanol producer Poet is suing an international engineering company that was hired to create a system to help convert biomass into ethanol, underscoring the challenges of creating inexpensive cellulosic ethanol.
Poet Design …

Smoking Gun Found in Biofuels’ Billion Dollar Baby Brawl?
April 3, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But almost nothing about the Billion Dollar Baby Brawl has been standard fare as Aemetis, Edeniq, a string of investors and more lawyers than you can easily chain to …

Twin Challenges to LCFS Advance in California Courts
March 8, 2017 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Joshua T. Bledsoe and Max Friedman (Latham & Watkins LLP/Biodiesel Magazine)  Two related cases, advancing in parallel, have the potential to upend California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), whether via full suspension of the …

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.

On its surface, the dispute …

Environmentalists Appeal PBF Ethanol Permit
January 17, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (News Journal/Delaware Online)  A legal fight over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations officially began this week. Two groups filed fundamental challenges Friday to a recently issued state permit that – for …

Closing Arguments Begin in Yearslong Biofuel Fraud Case
December 15, 2016 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Ouch Sony (Cambodian Daily)  Prosecutor asks for conviction for military general alongside U.K. businessman  —  … Mr. (Gregg) Fryett and his Cambodian-American associates Um Sam Ang and Soeun Denny, and Cambodian Ouk Keo Ratanak, were …

Ethanol: TN Sugar Mills, Cane Farmers Bet on Legal Remedy
November 6, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by R Balaji (The Hindu)  Cash-strapped sugar mills and sugarcane farmers are pinning their hopes on a public interest litigation (PIL) in the High Court to enable them to participate in the Centre’s ethanol-blended fuel programme …

Green Fuel Sued for $1 million
October 14, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Charles Laiton (NewsDay)  The National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd (NOIC) has approached the High Court seeking to compel Billy Rautenbach’s Green Fuel ethanol plant to pay over $1 million storage and …

Railroad to Settle for $170,000 over Ethanol Spill, Fire
October 3, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by  Kimball Perry (Columbus Dispatch)  Four years ago, a broken rail caused 16 railroad cars to jump the track near Columbus’ Weinland Park neighborhood, igniting a fireball of ethanol on board.
On Tuesday, the Franklin County …

Edeniq: The Billion Dollar Baby Is Torn between Two Lovers
September 14, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is torn between two lovers: its current ownership group, which shuffled together a financing this week; and Aemetis, which is supposed to be acquiring Edeniq this year for $23 …

PERC Sues Maine DEP over Fiberight Licensing
August 23, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Faith DeAmbrose (The Weekly Packet)  Owners of the Orrington-based trash-to-energy facility Penobscot Energy Recovery Company have filed suit in Kennebec County Superior Court against the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, seeking to overturn the …

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution
July 19, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with …

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking
April 7, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity.
Released …

Enerkem Biofuel Plant, Backed by City of Edmonton, Mired in Legal Controversy
April 4, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Sylvain Bascaron (CBC News)  Lawsuits totalling $7.4 million allege unpaid services and supplies — Already years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, a project to turn the city of Edmonton’s waste …

L.A. County Files Criminal Charges over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
February 8, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Paige St. John and Alice Walton (Los Angeles Times)  Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.
L.A. County Dist. Atty. …

South Korea Planning To File Charges Against Volkswagen Exec: Report
January 20, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Michael Ballaban (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Criminal Charges Coming Against Volkswagen’s People  —  We haven’t seen much by the way of actual, personal, criminal consequences for Volkswagen executives, but the first round of charges coming down …

FOS Orders IFA to Pay Redress over Sipp Biofuel Investment
January 13, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Charles Walmsley (CityWire)  The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has ordered a Rugby-based advice firm to compensate a client who invested a £13,700 pension pot in unregulated biofuel scheme Sustainable AgroEnergy.
Sustainable AgroEnergy invested in jatropha oil, …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

Volkswagen Allocates 20 Billion Bridge Loan to 13 Banks: Sources
December 3, 2015 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Arno Schuetze (Reuters)  Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has split a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) bridge loan between 13 banks to help shoulder the costs of its emissions scandal, two people familiar with the matter said.
Eight banks …

Court Appeal of Onida Ethanol Plant Not Slowing Plans as Construction to Start
October 28, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Stephen Lee (Capital Journal)  An attorney for a handful of Onida residents opposing the siting of a proposed new ethanol plant just outside of Onida argued in court Monday that Sully County leaders improperly …

Environmentalists Win ‘Landmark’ Case against Biofuel Project in Sri Lanka
October 17, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Hance (Mongabay)  Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of environmental groups that had taken on a biofuel company establishing a plantation in the buffer zone of a national park.  —  Yala …

Amyris and Solazyme at Risk of Taint from Volkswagen NOx Scandal, Says Website; Solazyme Says “Heck No!”
September 30, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, TheTruthAboutCars reported that Amyris and Solazyme risk being painted with the same tainted brush as Volkswagen due to the fact that both companies collaborated with the company to test …

Oil companies Can Be Sued by Earthquake Victim, Oklahoma Court Rules
July 1, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Thompson Reuters)  An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential …

UK Supreme Court Ruling on Air Quality – Reaction from the European Renewable Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) Following last week’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK Government must revise its national air quality plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas mainly attributed to diesel fuel use, Robert …

Greenwire: Midwest Law Center Can Compromise but Doesn’t Fear a Fight
March 2, 2015 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy P. Jacobs (E&E/Greenwire) Ask Chicago environmentalists who’s the Windy City’s best lawyer, and they’re likely to name Howard Learner.  Learner has built his Environmental Law and Policy Center into a Midwest powerhouse over the …

The Great Algae Robbery
February 27, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it.  Today, the story …

Lawsuit Puts Biodiesel Use under Spotlight
December 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(China Daily/  Yingding Biofuel Technology Co Ltd, the privately owned Chinese biodiesel producer, has won its monopoly case against the country’s biggest oil refiner, China Petrochemical Corp Ltd.
The company had accused the industry giant of …

4 Minutes With…David Dodds, President, Dodds & Associates, Tech Diligence Guru
September 15, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you’ve been to ABLC, you’ve likely seen a hugely-popular session where we turn the tables — instead of having CEOs present their companies and technologies, we have technical diligence …

Statoil Employed Judge in Own Legal Dispute
July 3, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Erlend Skarsaune (  The Biofuel entrepreneurs sued Statoil to clear their names of allegations of corruption. The judge in charge was offered a job by Statoil, accepted, and continued working with the case.
The aggrieved parties …

Ethanol Plant Owner Settles with Contractor; Hopewell Lawsuit Still Pending
July 30, 2012 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Markus Schmidt  (Progress-Index)  While Hopewell’s lawsuit against the owner of the Appomattox Bio Energy Plant over a $5 million letter of credit is still pending and the city has not yet collected taxes from …

Lake County Dodging a Legal Bullet on Trash Disposal?
February 20, 2012 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times)  The Lake County Solid Waste Management District could avoid potential litigation — but invite other legal problems — if the trash-to-ethanol contract dies between now and April 2.
A canceled …

2nd Lawsuit Challenges Ethanol Project in UP
December 28, 2011 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(WLNS/AP)  Critics of a refinery planned for the Upper Peninsula have filed a second lawsuit against the project.
Larry Klein and the Sierra Club claim the U.S. Energy Department failed to follow federal environmental law when …

Shell Wins Ad Watchdog Challenge over Green Biofuel Claims
December 27, 2011 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Click Green)  The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled in favour of oil giant Shell over marketing claims its biofuels reduced CO2 emissions.
A national ad campaign for Shell included the boast that biofuel was “one of …

Airlines Must Pay for Carbon Emissions on European Flights, High Court Rules
December 23, 2011 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the European Union has the legal right to force foreign airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could boost …

City Sues Failed Osage Ethanol Plant
November 21, 2011 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The city of Hopewell, Va., has moved forward with a court case against Osage Bio Energy LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Appomattox Bio Energy LLC, after the company …

Firm Says it Was Sold Phony Fuel Credits
November 17, 2011 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Courthouse News Service)  A fuel distributor claims two companies sold it millions of “fraudulently created, and thus invalid” renewable fuel identification numbers. RIN numbers are part of the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, to …

Biofuel Feud in Boulder County Prompts Libel Suit against Online Critic
September 16, 2011 – 7:11 am | No Comment

by Erica Meltzer   (Colorado Daily)  A longstanding feud between companies that recycle used cooking oil has led to a rare libel lawsuit against a Longmont biofuel advocate who has been a vocal critic of …

Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels Granted Pivotal Isobutanol Paten
August 10, 2011 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Butamax)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent number 7,993,889, adding another pioneering patent to its biobutanol intellectual property portfolio.  This patent protects foundational …

European Commission Sued for Lack of Transparency on Biofuels Policy
May 27, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Client Earth)  The European Commission has been sued, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the …

Bogus Logic in E15 Suits
November 22, 2010 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a thinly veiled attempt to further line their pockets, the meat and poultry industry, and the grocery and convenience store associations, are once again trying to stop the …

Oil Industry Joins Others Attempting to Block E15
November 10, 2010 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The oil industry is joining with food manufacturers, livestock producers and fast-food restaurants in an effort to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be added …

Beet Ethanol Plant Survives Legal Challenge in Rapho Township
August 25, 2010 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Stauffer (Lancaster Online) Plans for a beet ethanol plant in Rapho Township have survived a court challenge. 
A Lancaster County Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by four businesses who own land near the site.

Maibach …

Clean Air Task Force Sues EPA Over RFS2
June 1, 2010 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (  Earlier this year Big Oil sued the EPA over the biodiesel requirement in the RFS2. Today (May 25, 2010), the Clean Air Task Force, on behalf of environmental groups including Friends …

Novozymes Again Sues Danisco
May 14, 2010 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(the Cophenhagen Post)  Danish companies Danisco and Novozymes retread infringement issue, but this time over a different patent.
Patent infringements over enzymes used in biofuels are again at issue between Danish companies Danisco and Novozymes, with the …

Groups Challenge EPA on Greenhouse Finding
March 15, 2010 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Light and Medium Truck (Transport Topics Online) A group including motor carriers, businesses, several members of Congress and a conservative public interest legal foundation has filed a lawsuit in federal appeals court challenging the …

Truckers, Oil Refiners Sue California to Overturn State’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
February 11, 2010 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(  Oil refiners and truckers have sued California to overturn the state’s low-carbon fuel standard.  The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, alleges that the LCFS violates the …

India’s PM Makes National Biofuels Mandate Obligatory for All State-Owned Oil Marketing Companies, Will Chase Non-Compliance
February 1, 2010 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest)  …Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that the National Biofuels Mandate will be obligatory for all government-owned oil marketing companies, and warned that the Central Government will prosecute all noncompliance.
…Earlier this …