This week, the residents of Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany, NY, won a key victory in court against a Fortune 500 fossil fuel company that is trying to turn their community into a major oil transport hub.
Since 2014, my Earthjustice colleagues and I have represented residents of the Ezra Prentice Homes, the neighboring public housing development, in their fight against the proposal by Global Companies to import, heat, store and handle tar sands oil at the company’s Albany facility.
This position provides legislative and administrative advocacy strategy development and implementation on environmental issue priorities for Earthjustice on National Forest System, Bureau of Land Management and National Park lands, including efforts to stop new fossil fuel development.
This week the Alaska federal district court entered an order bringing to a close a long-running legal challenge to offshore oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea, brought by Earthjustice. At the request of all the parties to the litigation, the court dismissed the case regarding the Department of Interior’s Lease Sale 193 in recognition of dramatically changed circumstances. Oil companies have now abandoned all but one of the 487 offshore oil leases issued pursuant to the sale. The sole remaining lease belongs to Shell, where it drilled unsuccessfully in 2015.
It wasn’t especially charismatic, just a small rodent, scurrying around on an extremely limited patch of habitat on a low-lying island on the surface of the Great Barrier Reef. Yet the disappearance of the Australian Bramble Cay melomys made headlines this summer—because scientists deemed the critter, also known as the mosaic-tailed rat, to be the first mammal to go extinct as a result of manmade climate change.