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February 12, 2009 | Blog Post

U.S. Whaling Commissioner Selling Out to Japan

One of my favorite memories is of being in Brighton, England, in June 1985 when the International Whaling Commission, after a struggle that lasted well over a decade, adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, to last for at least five years. It has lasted for almost 24 years, but now seems in jeopardy of being fatally watered down.

December 17, 2008 | Blog Post

Trouble in Paradise

We tend to think of ships as an environmentally friendly way to travel and transport goods. Measured by miles per gallon per a given amount of weight, they can't be beat. There's the not-so-little problem of air pollution from ships docked at various ports, of course, and Earthjustice is working with Friends of the Earth and other groups to do something about that.

September 18, 2008 | Blog Post

Assault on Earthjustice and the Law

On Wednesday, Congressman John Shadegg (R-Arizona) attacked Earthjustice in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, and called on Congress to prevent environmental organizations from suing to prevent expansive offshore oil drilling. Here is the response from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen.

July 16, 2008 | Blog Post

DOE Says Drilling Won't Help for 20 Years

The Energy Information Administration is the official energy statistic keeper for the US Government. Here is what they recently said about opening up the outer continental shelf to new oil drilling.

The projections in the OCS access case indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030.

June 19, 2008 | Blog Post

Earthjustice Antidote to Seagrass 'Poison Pill'

Earthjustice's Florida team has saved the state's seagrasses and fishing grounds from a legislative poison pill. David Guest, managing attorney of the Florida office, tells this tale of midnight chicanery...

The bill in the Florida Legislature seemed like a good thing: For the first time, Florida would impose fines on boaters who carelessly trashed seagrass beds in the state's protected aquatic preserves. The underwater marine nursery grounds can get chewed up by boat propellers, and the damage can last for decades.

June 11, 2008 | Feature

Industrial Fishing and Herring

To glimpse a herring school darting through the ocean's waters, moving like a single, iridescent organism is a spectacle indeed. But these silvery synchronized swimmers are more than just a pretty sight. The small schooling fish form the cornerstone of New England's marine ecosystem with whales, seabirds, striped bass and tuna depending on herring for survival.

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

False Killer Whales Complaint

Sues the National Marine Fisheries Service for its failure to protect the Hawai‘i population of false killer whales from the Hawai‘i-based longline fishing fleet (Nov 19, 2003)

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