Texas bitcoin miners come out on top in legal fight with EIA


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has lost a court fight with bitcoin miners in Texas who fought the EIA’s effort to collect data on their energy use.

A federal court in Waco ruled against the EIA, declaring the attempt by the government was likely “an abuse of discretion.”

In a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Energy Department, members of a group called Texas Blockchain Council called it an “unlawful so-called emergency collection of information from many of TBC’s members.”  It also said the proposed survey had been “unlawfully approved” by the department’s Office of Management and Budget.

“This is a case about sloppy government process, contrived and self-inflicted urgency, and invasive government data collection,” the complaint argued, according to a report by International Business Times.

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