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Regional Office

Northeast Office

Upstate New York, near the Town of Dryden. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Protecting the public and environmental health of the Northeast region is one of our top priorities.

Signature Work

With locations in New York and Philadelphia, the Northeast office’s work includes stopping the pollution of water supplies, fixing our nation's broken toxics regulatory system, reining in the harmful effects of oil and gas development, and moving the region away from coal and toward a more sustainable energy future.

Reining in Destructive Oil and Gas Development

As the oil and gas industry continues its efforts to expand the use of hydraulic fracturing, communities across the United States are joining forces to protect their neighborhoods and natural resources from its harmful impacts. Through advocacy, coalition building, and strategic litigation, Earthjustice is helping to counter the industry’s power and elevate the grassroots, with the Northeast office at the forefront of efforts to head off the fracking boom in regions overlying the Marcellus Shale.

  • Defending Community Control Over Fracking: In 2014, Earthjustice won a precedent-setting legal victory when New York’s highest court upheld the right of municipalities to use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within their borders—a resounding triumph for the 80 New York communities that have banned fracking and for the hundreds of communities around the country hoping to leverage local laws to protect their health and homes from fracking threats.
  • Resisting Infrastructure Expansion: The de facto moratorium on fracking in New York never stopped the oil and gas industry from bounding ahead with infrastructure development that could force the United States to rely on natural gas for decades to come. Earthjustice has been working to block industry infrastructure expansion in the Northeast.
  • Protecting the Public’s Right to Know, Fracking Chemicals: Until recently, the oil and gas industry operated behind a veil of secrecy, withholding the identity of chemicals used in the drilling process. We’ve now learned that many of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking are toxic and that some are endocrine disruptors, causes of respiratory problems, or known carcinogens. Earthjustice has pushed hard for greater transparency in drilling practices to ensure that people have enough information to protect themselves from chemical exposure.

Shifting From Coal to Clean Energy

Earthjustice works to steer the United States away from fossil fuel dependence and toward a clean energy economy that promotes healthy communities, green jobs, and social justice. We’re using a three-pronged strategy to accelerate the movement away from coal:

  1. Strengthening the federal air, water, and waste regulations that apply to coal plants.
  2. Seeking to ensure that coal plants fully comply with those federal standards, through permitting and enforcement work.
  3. Using litigation in public utility commissions to prevent the industry from passing on to ratepayers the costs of uneconomic coal plants.

By requiring the industry—and not the American people—to pay the true cost of burning coal, Earthjustice levels the political and economic playing field for wind, solar, energy efficiency, and other clean energy solutions.

Fighting for Healthy Communities

Earthjustice is committed to protecting the health of all communities against the effects of toxic chemicals in our air, water, food, and consumer products. With conservation and health advocates, and with affected communities, we work to secure strong new protections from air and water pollution—and to make sure those standards are enforced.

  • Reining in Chemical Secrecy: A loophole in our current chemical laws allows manufacturers to assert that any information about the chemicals they use is “confidential business information,” thus keeping important information from the public—including medical professionals, research institutions, and public health officials. Even chemicals that the manufacturer admits pose a substantial risk to public health or the environment can be shielded, and routinely are.
  • Addressing the Dangers of Flame Retardants: Flame retardants are among more than 80,000 chemicals on the market that have not been adequately tested for health and safety. The chemicals migrate continuously out from everyday household products into the air and dust. Earthjustice is working with a broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer, and science groups to protect people from these chemicals.
  • Regulating Pollution From Industrial Farms: Earthjustice works to curb the pollution produced by concentrated animal feeding operations, facilities that raise large numbers of livestock in a confined space and as a result produce huge amounts of waste that can adversely impact not only food safety but air quality and water supplies. These facilities are frequently located near low-income communities and communities of color, which are disproportionately impacted by the pollution they generate.

Landmark Victories

Read about a few of the Northeast office's significant victories:

Each year, Earthjustice achieves more than fifty victories. See all recent victories from the Northeast and across Earthjustice.

Map of Earthjustice offices.

Contact Northeast Office

48 Wall Street, 19th Fl.
New York, NY  10005
(212) 845-7376
neoffice@earthjustice.org

1617 JFK Blvd., Ste. 1675
Philadelphia, PA  19103
(215) 717-4520
paoffice@earthjustice.org

Staff

Abigail Dillen VP of Litigation for Climate & Energy

Deborah Goldberg Managing Attorney, Northeast

Shannon Fisk Managing Attorney, Coal Program

Christopher Amato Staff Attorney

Eric Bebernitz Sr. Development Officer, Major Gifts

Gregory Carr Pro Bono Attorney

Flora Champenois Litigation Assistant

Hannah Chang Staff Attorney

Thomas Cmar Staff Attorney

Ben Cole Pro Bono Fellow

Jocelyn D'Ambrosio Sr. Associate Attorney

Alok Disa Litigation Assistant

Marianne Engelman Lado Sr. Staff Attorney

Lisa Evans Sr. Administrative Counsel

Eve Gartner Staff Attorney

Kathleen Kline Fellow

Mariana Lo Litigation Assistant

Benjamin Locke Associate Attorney

Charles McPhedran Staff Attorney

Moneen Nasmith Sr. Associate Attorney

Lisa Perfetto Associate Attorney

Jonathan Smith Associate Attorney

Anne-Marie Stehn Office Manager

Kathleen Sutcliffe Campaign Manager

Claire Vallin Pro Bono Attorney

Patty Vesper Office Manager

Kimberly White Office Assistant

Mary Whittle Staff Attorney

Sam Wright Pro Bono Attorney

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Spotlight Features

Dryden: The Town That Changed The Fracking Game

When the oil and gas industry came to the small town of Dryden, NY, with plans to start fracking, things didn’t turn out quite how they expected. Find out how a group of neighbors turned the tables on a powerful industry—and changed the fracking game forever. View the photo essay.

Little Blue: A Broken Promise

A small community was promised a recreational dream. Instead, they got a toxic nightmare. In this video, watch their battle against coal ash, a toxic waste that is polluting hundreds of similar communities across America.

Firefighters Turn Up The Heat On Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are among more than 80,000 chemicals on the market that have not been adequately tested for health and safety. They have received increased scrutiny for their potential health impacts on firefighters, as well as on the general public.