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Community and Conservation Groups To Defend Clean Water Against Coal Industry Attack

Washington, D.C. January 18, 2017 – Today, a coalition of local and national community and conservation groups filed a motion to be allowed to help defend the national Stream Protection Rule against two lawsuits. The rule updates the minimum standards to protect clean water and other natural resources threatened by coal mining operations across the nation.  […]

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Earthjustice Responds to President-elect Trump’s Pick to Head the Department of the Interior

SAN FRANCISCO December 9, 2016 – The following is a statement from Drew Caputo, Earthjustice’s Vice President of Litigation for Lands, Oceans, and Wildlife, in response to reports of President-elect Trump’s nomination of Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior: “Americans should be deeply concerned by the nomination of Rep. Cathy […]

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Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted

STANDING ROCK, ND December 4, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not be granting an easement under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross the Missouri River a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The Corps further stated that it plans to […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals Says Local Governments Can Prohibit GE Crops

Honolulu November 21, 2016 – Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decisions on whether federal and Hawai‘i state laws preempt Hawai‘i counties’ authority to regulate genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticide use. Of significance to state and local communities throughout the United States, the Ninth Circuit ruled that […]

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Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 16, 2016 – Today, the US Department of the Interior and Devon Energy announced retirement of more than 32,000 acres of oil and gas leases from the Badger-Two Medicine roadless area. The move comes on the heels of a previous lease cancelation by the Department of the Interior, and echoes the call […]

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Earthjustice & Vote Solar Fight to Restore Rooftop Solar For Nevada Families

CARSON CITY, NV, Nov. 2, 2016 – Today, Earthjustice and Vote Solar took the fight to restore rooftop solar for Nevada families and small businesses to the state’s Supreme Court. The groups filed an appeal today challenging the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN)’s unlawful decision to end a successful program that empowered Nevadans to […]

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Farmworker Advocates Call For Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 22, 2016 – United Farm Workers, labor, and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members. “We are seeking an immediate and total chlorpyrifos ban because farmworkers […]

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Latin American environmental defender attacked, hospitalized

Washington, D.C. September 21, 2016 – 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe was hospitalized after being attacked, allegedly by security forces hired by Minera Yanacocha, a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining, according to information provided by the Chaupe family. The attack took place on Máxima’s property in northern Peru that the mining company […]

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Legal Victory Overturns Federal Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of California Public Land to Drilling, Fracking

LOS ANGELES September 6, 2016 – Citing potential threats to water supplies and endangered wildlife, a U.S. district judge today overturned a federal plan to open more than 1 million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to drilling and fracking. Today’s ruling comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the […]

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Coalition Challenges Water Right Permit for Rock Creek Mine That Would Drain Wilderness Streams

HELENA, Mont. September 6, 2016 – A coalition of conservation groups has objected to a mining company’s request for a state water right permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  If finalized, the permit would allow the mine to drain water from pristine streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and adjacent Kootenai National Forest—in some […]