Logourl black
From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...

Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
118 F.3d 1467 (11th Cir. 1997)


Facts

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. §§ 300h to 300h-8, underground injections of fluids were prohibited unless the operator received a permit. All underground injections were regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (defendant) determined that the Act did not apply to hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking), a process under which fluids and sand were injected into a coal bed to stimulate production, because hydrofracking wells were primarily used for gas production as opposed to an injection-related purpose. The EPA approved the State of Alabama’s underground-injection control (UIC) program, which did not regulate hydrofracking. The Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF) (plaintiff) filed a petition with the EPA to withdraw approval of the Alabama UIC program. The EPA issued an order denying LEAF’s petition. LEAF petitioned for review of the EPA’s order.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Birch, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 174,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.