Earthjustice attorneys represent public-interest clients concerned about threats to the environment and hold accountable those who jeopardize the health of our planet. Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, we provide expert legal support free of charge to groups large and small. Several of the most important legal battles for this year can be found at the 2014 Legal Docket.
Our complete legal docket includes about 300 active cases. Learn about some of our recent and historical cases:
|Mitigating Impacts of Conowingo Dam on Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay||
A coalition of conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, has petitioned to be included in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing proceedings for the Conowingo Dam. The groups plan to push the commission to require the dam’s owner, Exelon Generation, to take action to address and prevent harm to water quality in the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.
|Challenging the Interstate Constitution Gas Pipeline||
A coalition of environmental groups are intervening in proceedings over a 122-mile natural gas pipeline proposed to run through portions of New York and Pennsylvania. The 122 miles of pipeline and additional miles of access roads will cut across forests and watersheds.
|Cutting Climate Pollution from Washington's Oil Refineries||
Earthjustice is representing clean air advocates a lawsuit to require five oil refineries in Washington State to improve energy efficiency and take other steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Oil refineries are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions nationally, and Washington’s five oil refineries contribute significantly to statewide greenhouse gas emissions.
|The Public’s Right to Fish and Boat on Florida's Fisheating Creek||
Earthjustice has represented conservationists in over two decades of legal disputes with agribusiness giant Lykes Brothers, Inc. over the public’s right to fish and boat on Fisheating Creek. The creek is a major tributary of Lake Okeechobee. It is a wild and scenic waterway which courses through prairie, cypress swamps, and marshes.
|Protecting Bees from the Pesticide Sulfoxaflor||
National Beekeeping organizations are represented by Earthjustice, in an appeal against EPA for its approval of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor, shown to be “highly toxic” to honey bees, and other insect pollinators.
|Ending Coal-Fired Power Production in Washington with Innovative Rate-Making Mechanisms||
Earthjustice, representing NW Energy Coalition, sought to increase energy efficiency in Washington State and reduce fossil fuel combustion at the state and regional level. Utility profits are generally tied to (coupled with) sales. Successful energy efficiency programs reduce sales, making it difficult for the utility to cover its costs. A comprehensive “decoupling” provision would the utility achieve even greater energy efficiency savings while making its revenue more predictable.
|Pennsylvania Air Quality Permits||
As a result of a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of the Sierra Club, the Clean Air Council, and PennEnvironment, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have updated and strengthened air quality permits for coal plants across the state.
|Protecting Groundfish in New England||
Attorneys from Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice have filed a pair of lawsuits in the federal district court challenging recent decisions by the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding New England groundfish. Groundfish like cod were once important apex predators in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and were the foundation of one of the nation’s most iconic fisheries. Now, in addition to the chronic and severe overfishing they have been subjected to in recent decades, their recovery is being also affected by changes associated with greenhouse gas emissions such as increasing ocean temperatures.
|Helping Communities Fight Power Plant Air Pollution||
Public advocates, represented by Earthjustice, are in court to ensure California citizens have full access to the legal system to protect themselves from power plant air pollution and have a say about where and when new plants are built.
|Cleaning Up Sulfur Dioxide Emissions from Homer City Generating Station||
The Homer City Generating Station in Pennsylvania has two coal-fired units that, until recently, have had no controls for limiting the emission of SO2. Sulfur dioxide is a major air pollutant and is linked to respiratory illnesses, heart disease and asthma attacks. The Station released the most sulfur dioxide of any plant in the United States in 2010.
|Protecting Coos Bay's Estuary from Massive Dredging Project||A coalition of local residents, grassroots environmental and clean-energy activists, represented by Earthjustice, have asked the Oregon Court of Appeals to put the brakes on a Oregon Department of State Lands’ dredging permit that paves the way for the Port of Coos Bay to export dangerous liquefied natural gas (LNG) or coal and other bulk commodities to Asia.|
|Protecting Seneca Lake from Gas Industry Infrastructure Projects||Two gas industry infrastructure projects are proposed for underground salt caverns on the shores of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. They would involve large-scale storage facilities with new capacity for 88 million gallons of liquid petroleum gasand additional capacity for natural gas, expanding storage to 2 billion cubic feet. Environmental advocates are concerned that these projects will lock the region into continued extraction and use of dirty fossil fuels and discourage the growth of renewable energy.|
|Public's Right to Know: Styrene||Earthjustice and a coalition of groups are working to make sure the government can alert the American public to the potential dangers of styrene, a chemical used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, as well as boats, cars, bathtubs and products made with rubber, such as tires and conveyer belts.|
|Stopping Industrialization of the Thompson Divide||
Earthjustice, representing Wilderness Workshop, has filed an administrative appeal seeking reversal of the April 9, 2013, Colorado Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision that extended the lives of 25 oil and gas leases set to expire in 2013. These leases, which BLM admits were illegally sold and which have sat unused for ten years, are located in the heart of the Thompson Divide, a prized refuge of public lands in the White River National Forest.
|Protecting Chesapeake Bay from LNG Export Terminal||Earthjustice and a coalition of local, regional, and national groups are objecting to the environmental impacts posed by the proposed Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gasexport terminal on the Chesapeake Bay, saying the project would hurt the Bay’s economy and ecology, increase air pollution, and hasten fracking and drilling in neighboring states.|