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Methanex Corp. Challenges US Environmental Protections

Case Number # 24683

MTBE is a gasoline additive that has contaminated groundwater, provoking a decision by California to phase out its use. The manufacturer in turn sued the United States, demanding nearly a billion dollars to compensate for lost profits. Earthjustice has intervened to block the blackmail.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Canadian Corporation's NAFTA Suit Threatens State Sovereignty
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Back room deal pushed through despite lawsuit demanding public access to negotiations
Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Denounces "fast track" trade authority.
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
A new report documents the growing threat to democratic govenanace posed by the corporate rights already granted under NAFTA to be expanded under the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Earthjustice gave testimony before a joint committee of the California state legislature on international trade and California's attempts to protect its drinking water from MTBE contamination.
Tuesday, December 8, 1998
Conservation groups file lawsuit in U.S. district court today against three federal agencies for their roles in negotiating the 1996 U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.
Tuesday, August 26, 1997
In its first food safety decision, the World Trade Organization ("WTO") has ruled against a European ban on beef produced with growth hormones and set a precedent that could be used to strike down countless other food safety standards.