There 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:
Read the full report here.