Texas Federal Court Splits Environmental Claims: CERCLA Claims Remain in Federal Court, State Claims are Remanded to State Court

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in May v. Apache Corporation, 2012 WL 156547 (S.D.Tex. May 1, 2012) issued an interesting decision on the relationship between federal and state environmental claims and where they can be heard. The case has some parallels to a case pending in the New Jersey State court captioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Occidental Chemical Corp., et als.