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January 22, 2014 | In the News: Associated Press

Victory for the Arctic, Shell's Oil Exploration Permits Get Retracted

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of the Interior violated the law when it sold offshore oil and gas leases, including those on which Shell planned to drill in the Chukchi Sea off the Coast of Alaska. Earthjustice argued that the permits were issued without an adequate environmental impact assessment, given that the oil extraction estimate was too low and development was likely to be way more widespread.

January 15, 2014 | Case

Protecting the Bristol Bay Watershed from Pebble Mine

The Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska is an area rich with salmon, wildlife and salmon-based Alaska Native cultures and is home to the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. A large-scale gold and copper mine, called the Pebble Mine, has been proposed for the area. Between 24 and 94 miles of streams would be lost due to the mine footprint alone, spills into the remaining streams are likely, and the resulting toxic mine waste will pose a threat to the area in perpetuity.

August 4, 2013 | In the News: KUCB Unalaska Community Broadcasting

Western Aleutian Fishing Restrictions Survive Court of Appeals

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld vital protections for Steller sea lions when it ruled against representatives of the fishing industry and the State of Alaska, and affirmed that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is accurately assessing the health of the species. The NMFS had previously found that population declines among Steller sea lions were the result of nutritional stress inflicted by commercial fishing. These findings led the agency to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to enforce limits on large-scale fisheries in the Aleutians.