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Methanex Corp. Challenges US Environmental Protections

Case Overview

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.

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Methanex Amended Petition

Amended Petition to Appear as Amici Curiae in the Arbitration under Chapter 11 of the NAFTA and the UNCITEAL Arbitration Rules between Methanex Corporation and United States of America (October 13, 2000)

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Methanex Amicus

Arguments presented to the NAFTA dispute resolution panel hearing the Canadian corporation Methanex's challenge to the California MTBE ban (March 10, 2004)

May 16, 2001 | Press Release

International Trade Agreements and California Law

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.