Earthjustice

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.

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Monday, June 13, 2011
BLM Cut-and-Paste Drilling Approvals Illegally Ignore Air Pollution Impacts
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has illegally pushed through dozens of oil and gas projects in western Colorado without doing any analysis of their air pollution impacts, according to a lawsuit filed today by environmental and health groups.
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Thursday, June 09, 2011
Legislation Would Reduce Energy Use, Stimulate Economy
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding hearings today on bipartisan legislation that aims to spur the economy while reducing our energy consumption. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (S. 1000) would advance the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances and give manufacturers and the federal government guidelines to hasten efficiency upgrades.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Feds Overlook Environmental Impacts of Controversial Pipeline Project
In an environmental assessment issued today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency tried to make the case that a 39-mile pipeline project that would slice through the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania and tear up almost 600 acres of land would have ‘no significant impact’ on the environment.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Communities of Color, Poverty Bear Burden of Air Pollution
Earthjustice and the Environmental Justice Research Center at Clark Atlanta University have collaborated to compile data for coal-fired power plant pollution and the impacts on low income communities and communities of color for EPA Region IV, which includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. The environmental justice trend for coal plant pollution and the disproportionate burden on these communities presents itself nationally and is magnified in EPA Region IV.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Clean Air Advocates to Challenge EPA on Smog Enforcement
Clean air advocates in California’s polluted San Joaquin Valley and L.A. Basin announced today their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce 30-year old pollution standards required by the Clean Air Act. The lawsuits would force the EPA to adopt a plan to bring California air quality into compliance with the federal standard for ozone.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
House Passes Third Drilling Bill
By a vote of 243-179 the House of Representatives passed a third drilling bill that aims to increase oil production in the Outer Continental Shelf, leaving southern California, all of the Atlantic Coast, Bristol Bay in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean vulnerable to a BP oil spill disaster. Sponsored by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) H.R. 1231 directs the Department of Interior to offer a minimum of 50 percent of currently unused acreage in the Outer Continental Shelf in each five-year lease plan.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Oil Spill Prevention and Black Carbon Emissions Demand the Attention of Arctic Council
U.S. State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton will make oil spill response a key issue at the Arctic Council meeting on Thursday. If you need other voices in any stories on the issues facing the Council at today’s summit, consider Earthjustice attorneys who have expertise in the fields of offshore oil spill prevention and response, climate change and short-lived forcers like black carbon. The Two Most Important Topics Facing the Arctic Council
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
House Repubs Struggle To Make Case Against Safety Study Into Controversial Gas Drilling Technique
In a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee today, majority members struggled to make the case against a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into a controversial gas drilling technique. The agency is midway into a multi-year investigation of the drinking water impacts of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), a process in which oil and gas companies blast millions of gallons of chemically-treated water into the earth to extract the gas from underground deposits. The following is a statement from Earthjustice Legislative Associate Jessica Ennis:
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
House Passes Bill that Would Rush Oil Drilling Permits
By a vote of 263-163 the House of Representatives passed a bill that would rush deadlines for approving oil drilling permits and undermine judicial review of drilling decisions. Sponsored by Doc Hastings (R-WA) H.R. 1229 requires the Department of Interior to decide whether to approve a drilling permit within 30 days after receiving an application and allows only two 15-day extensions of this deadline. The bill also seeks to undermine judicial review. The following statement is from Jessica Ennis, Legislative Associate at Earthjustice:
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
Court Stops Juneau Road Project Through Roadless Forest
Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that put the brakes on Juneau’s half-billion dollar dead-end road. The road would have been built through one of the largest roadless areas in any national forest, come within a half mile of more than 90 bald eagle nests, and impacted the habitat of black bears, brown bears, marten, mountain goats, moose, wolves, and other animals.
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