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The Latest On: Arctic

September 15, 2012 | Blog Post

The Earth Needs YOU This Election Season

After the summer we have had, my mind is on climate change, what more Earthjustice can do about it, and what’s at stake in this election.

I experienced the effects of climate change this summer during a trip through Colorado. Heat, drought and fire set an almost apocalyptic tone for the trip. There was no snow on the peaks, stream flows were down, and smoke filled the air. Similar impacts afflicted 60 percent of our nation and spread over three continents; sea ice coverage in the Arctic was at a record low.

July 19, 2012 | Letter

Shell Air Permit Group Letter to EPA

Re: Application for Revision to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for the Chukchi Sea.

July 18, 2012 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

Arctic drilling: groups challenge Shell oil spill response plans

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit last week against the U.S. Interior Department for prematurely approving Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic this summer, notwithstanding the inadequate and overly optimistic spill response program proposed by the company. The legal challenge seeks to ensure that the government establishes sufficient safeguards for long-term protection of endangered species and fragile Arctic habitat and enforces rigorous guidelines for regulating future drilling projects.

July 13, 2012 | Blog Post

Shell's Promise To Protect Arctic Lost At Sea

(Trip Van Noppen is President of Earthjustice)

Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling plans are premised on a growing legacy of broken promises regarding the company’s ability to protect the fragile Arctic from drilling impacts. And, as in the past, Shell is again asking the federal government to be lenient, accept more empty promises, and let the drilling begin.

July 13, 2012 | Blog Post

Moapa vs. NV Energy or David vs. Goliath

For years, white ash has been blowing across the desert from the Reid Gardner Power Plant right into the homes on the Moapa Paiute Indian Reservation. The Paiutes claim that this ash—the waste from the power plant—is making them sick. The power plant claims that the Paiutes are wrong. This week, a 3-part investigative series from KSNV, the NBC station in Las Vegas, examines the situation in Moapa from three sides. The Paiutes and the power plant each get their say—as does science.

July 10, 2012 | Legal Document

Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan Complaint

This action challenges the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s decisions to approve Shell Offshore Inc.’s Beaufort Sea Regional Exploration Program Oil Spill Response Plan in March 2012 (the Beaufort Spill Plan) and Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s Chukchi Sea Regional Exploration Program Oil Spill Response Plan in February 2012, pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act’s amendments to the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act.


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