The Latest by Alison Cagle


Alison Cagle is a writer at Earthjustice. She is based in San Francisco. Alison tells the stories of the earth: the systems that govern it, the ripple effects of those systems, and the people who are fighting to change them — to protect our planet and all its inhabitants.

May 8, 2023

Alabama Residents Win Sewage Settlement Under Civil Rights Law

This is a landmark success in applying federal civil rights laws to environmental racism.

Black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern train, Feb. 6, 2023.
March 16, 2023

Putting a Lid on Plastics Production in the Ohio River Valley

Residents are challenging industry’s petrochemicals push into the region, and Earthjustice’s legal strategy has helped them notch an early win.

March 16, 2023

There’s a Biodiversity Crisis, and Oil and Gas Are Making It Worse

The web of life is in danger of collapsing, due in large part to climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction caused by the fossil fuel industry. We’re working to protect species from these threats.

Mari Rose Taruc of Reclaim Our Power is advocating for a safe, reliable energy system that benefits everyone.
January 13, 2023

Why Induction Stoves Are Better Than Gas Stoves

Gas appliances are polluting our homes. Gas lines cause tragic explosions. Electrifying our housing supply can help.

An offshore drilling rig sits in Cook Inlet, where the Biden administration is going ahead with a an oil and gas lease sale.
December 20, 2022

Opening Alaska to More Oil and Gas Drilling is a Terrible Idea. Here’s Why.

Five reasons why the Biden administration’s sale of nearly a million acres to fossil fuel companies in Cook Inlet is bad for everyone.

An oil drilling ship sits anchored in the Gulf of Mexico. The Inflation Reduction Act reinstates a sale of 80 million offshore acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling.
November 30, 2022

Millions of Acres of Ocean Are About to Go on Sale to Oil and Gas Companies—But We Have Legal Tools to Fight Back

Congress made some ugly compromises that will harm the planet and vulnerable communities, but it’s not all bad news.

The proposed Rosemont Mine threatened Cienega Creek, where these children are playing.
November 7, 2022

Tribes Halt Major Copper Mine on Ancestral Lands in Arizona

A mining company won’t stop trying to bend the rules to construct a massive mine on sacred lands – even after Tribes beat it in court.

This house stood on the St. Rosalie Plantation grounds until it was torn down in the 1940s.
October 14, 2022

An Oil Company Planned to Bulldoze Black History. This Community Fought Back.

A sprawling oil complex could have desecrated the remains of Ironton’s founders and poisoned their living descendants with toxic emissions.

Oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, before an underwater containment system was put in place at the site of the Taylor Energy spill in 2019.
July 15, 2022

Victory – Finally – Against the Longest Oil Spill in U.S. History

After trying various scorched-earth tactics to avoid accountability, Taylor Energy is now liquidating to pay over $400 million in cleanup costs.

Tugboats tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico in 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas.
June 28, 2022

Biden Has This Little-Known Option for Making Big Climate Impact

Our oceans are an asset for saving the planet, not lining Big Oil’s pockets.