Do environmentalists get a fair shake in the state Supreme Court?

060810_1509_Environment1.jpgThere was a collective eye-roll among environmental activists earlier this month when the state Supreme Court announced it was taking over a review of the lawsuit between environmental groups and the state Environmental Management Commission over the handling of Duke Energy coal ash sites — as if the result was preordained.

Perhaps that’s because the conservative majority on the court is perceived as pro-business.

Or perhaps that’s because the high court has, in fact, been less than friendly to those interests.

In a new report examining judicial elections and environmental law — to be published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law — Professor John Echeverria dubs the North Carolina Supreme Court a “virtual sinkhole for environmental law.”

Echeverria found that in every case over the last 15 years in which our high court reviewed a major environmental law issue, a majority sided with the anti-environmental protection party in the dispute:

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Read the full report here.

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