Texas Detour: Federal Survey of Energy Use by Cryptocurrency Miners Halted | Texas Lawyer

Texas Detour: Federal Survey on Energy Use by Cryptocurrency Miners Stops | Texas Lawyer


"The government ordered the collection of a large amount of confidential and proprietary information, singling out an industry for political reasons," said plaintiffs' co-chairman Chris Davis.

March 5, 2024 at 3:04 p.m.

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  • Cryptocurrency stakeholders succeeded in getting the Department of Energy to withdraw an attempt to collect data on the industry's energy use through a federal court order.
  • U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright approved a settlement that requires the federal agency to use a public notice and comment process.
  • The plaintiffs objected to a mandatory emergency survey that they claimed was unreasonable in scope and illegal.

Lawyers from Gray Reed and the New Civil Liberties Alliance forced the U.S. Department of Energy and two other federal agencies to suspend an emergency survey of energy use by cryptocurrency miners.

Dallas-based Gray Reed announced that a settlement was approved in the Western District of Texas that protects crypto mining facilities from the threat of criminal fines and civil penalties if they fail to respond to an Energy Information Administration order. from January 24 before February 23.

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