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  • Industrial facilities in Louisiana's Cancer Alley.

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    Industrial facilities in Louisiana's Cancer Alley. (Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / Earthjustice)
  • Sharon Lavigne of Rise St. James is fighting a massive petrochemical complex.

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    Sharon Lavigne, center, of Rise St. James is fighting a massive petrochemical complex. (Julie Dermansky for Earthjustice)
  • Ancient cypress tress are cleared in the Atchafalaya Basin for the Bayou Bridge pipeline.

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    Ancient cypress tress are cleared in the Atchafalaya Basin for the Bayou Bridge pipeline. (Julie Dermansky)
  • A train carrying crude oil derailed in the town of Mosier, Oregon, in 2016.

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    A train carrying crude oil derailed in the town of Mosier, Oregon, in 2016. (Alan Berner / Seattle Times)
Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is taking on the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to pursue new paths to profit that not only accelerate the climate crisis, but also continue to cause harm to marginalized communities.

Signature Work

Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is taking on the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to pursue new paths to profit that not only accelerate the climate crisis, but also continue to cause harm to marginalized communities.

Stopping oil and gas infrastructure — before its built

We’re fighting the industry’s aggressive plans to lock in new oil and gas infrastructure in the form of pipelines, petrochemical facilities, and crude oil and gas export terminals. We’re using the power of the law to keep this infrastructure — which would dramatically increase fossil fuel consumption and increase damage to our climate — from ever being built.

Partnering with Gulf Coast and Appalachian communities

The industry plans to build much of this new infrastructure in Gulf Coast and Appalachian communities already bearing the burden of high levels of pollution. We’re partnering with those communities to chart a path forward toward a healthy, sustainable climate — while working to advance equity and justice.

Building a climate justice movement

Together, we’re building a movement that fights for climate justice by ensuring fossil fuels become our past, and clean energy becomes our future.

Highlights of our work:

  • Right now, the fossil fuel industry is launching a massive shift from fossil energy to petrochemicals, with up to 300 petrochemical facilities planned to be built or expanded — primarily in Gulf Coast and Appalachian communities already threatened by high levels of pollution. We’re going to court to stop the industry from breaking ground on these toxic facilities.
  • We’re currently representing residents of St. James Parish, Louisiana — part of an 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi River dubbed “Cancer Alley” — to stop the proposed $9.4 billion Formosa FG/LA Petrochemical Complex. We’re also working on petrochemical infrastructure fights in the Appalachian Ohio River Valley.
  • We’re fighting the industry’s attempts to significantly increase crude oil exports with the proposed construction of 11 new offshore deepwater ports in the Gulf Coast region, which would cause significant greenhouse gas emissions and pose significant health and environmental risks. We’re currently involved in administrative challenges of the Sea Port Oil Terminal near Freeport, Texas, as well as the proposed Plaquemines Liquids Terminal, located near Ironton, Louisiana.
  • We’re working to block oil pipelines that cut through communities and lands, contaminate our waters, and lock in fossil fuels long into the future.
  • We’re joining the fight against fracking by partnering with Appalachian communities impacted by fracking wastewater practices that spread radioactive materials on roads or in landfills.
Map of Earthjustice offices.

Fossil Fuels Program

50 California St., Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA  94111
(415) 217-2000

Staff

Adrienne Bloch Managing Attorney

Location: San Francisco

Michael Brown Staff Attorney

Location: New Orleans

Erin Gaines Staff Attorney

Megan Hunter Staff Attorney

Location: Chicago

Ilona Mantachian Litigation Assistant/ Legal Practice Administrator

Location: San Francisco

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane Staff Scientist

Location: New Orleans

Corinne Van Dalen Staff Attorney

Location: New Orleans

James Yskamp Staff Attorney

Location: Chicago

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