Loach et al v OGA ("Paid to Pollute case")
Jurisdiction: High Court
Principle law(s): Energy Act 2016
Side A: Mikaela Loach, Kairin van Sweeden and Jeremy Cox (Individual)
Side B: Oil and Gas Authority; Secretary of State for BEIS (Government)
The claimants argue that such plans are irrational and inconsistent with the UK Government’s Net Zero target because they will lead to more oil and gas being extracted than would otherwise be the case.
According to a press release by the claimants, on July 28th 2021 the High Court "found that the claimants had “presented an arguable case” which was “in the public interest”, and that the judicial review claim has “sufficient merit to grant permission” to proceed to a full hearing."
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