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What Earthjustice Fans Went Wild for in 2015

2015 was a momentous year for Earthjustice attorneys, who fought tirelessly for threatened wild lands and wildlife and to keep the oil and gas industry in check.

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2015 was a momentous year for Earthjustice attorneys, who fought tirelessly for threatened wild lands and wildlife and to keep the oil and gas industry in check.

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2015 provided no shortage of work for Earthjustice attorneys, who went to bat time and time again for threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, focused on preserving our remaining wild lands and maintained a watchful eye on oil and gas drilling. We documented their trials, tribulations and triumphs throughout the year.

Here’s a round-up of 2015’s most popular Earthjustice blog posts: 

10. Shell’s Battle for Seattle

Shell tried to grease the skids on its way to Arctic drilling through Seattle’s port.

 “To make this deal, the Port of Seattle’s commissioners subverted local laws, but the reverberations of this action echo far beyond the city’s lights.” (Continue reading…)

Polar Pioneer
The Polar Pioneer is one of Shell Oil's drill rigs that may be coming to Seattle.
Tor Even Mathisen/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

9. Groups Challenge Government’s Grisly Grizzly Bear Decision

Grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park are under attack.

 “Suddenly, a gunshot breaks the silence and a grizzly bear—one of the world’s most noble, revered and magnificent animals—falls dead on the ground.” (Continue reading…)

>Grizzly bear
A grizzly bear walks alone through a field in Grand Teton National Park.
Tom Reichner/Shutterstock

8. The Scoop on Ice

Earthjustice attorneys provide insight into Shell’s decision to end offshore drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean.

“Shell’s departure is great news for the Arctic Ocean, and the president should seize on the decision to further protect the Arctic from the threats of offshore drilling.” (Continue reading…)

>An Arctic wolf jumping between ice floes.
An Arctic wolf jumping between ice floes.
Jim Brandenburg/National Geographic Creative

7. The Big Florida Swindle

The Florida legislature fails to follow a constitutional amendment to conserve land passed by 75 percent of the state’s voters. 

“Florida politicians appear to espouse the view that the constitution can be disregarded when the decisions of the Florida voters are contrary to their political philosophies.” (Continue reading…)

Florida coastline
The Florida Forever conservation land-buying program was created to set aside funds for conservation to protect coastal areas like this one.
Julie Hauserman for Earthjustice

6. Massive Mine Could Destroy One of the Last Best Places for Bull Trout and Grizzly Bears

A mine in Montana could threaten several animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

“The proposed Montanore Mine project would extract up to 20,000 tons of copper and silver ore every single day for up to 20 years…” (Continue reading…)

Granite Lake
Granite Lake, Cabinet Mountain Wilderness
Troy Smith/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

5. The Delta Smelt: A Tiny Fish with Big Implications

The Supreme Court prioritized preserving the endangered Delta Smelt over Big Ag’s agenda.

“Making sure that tiny little fish survives is actually pretty important to ensuring that California’s taps don’t run dry.” (Continue reading…)

Delta smelt
An adult Delta smelt, one of the most endangered fish species in California.
Dale Kolke/California Department of Water Resources

4. Winter Is Coming: 5 Wonderlands Under Threat

Lake Tahoe in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and the Badger-Two Medicine area in Montana are among the striking winter wonderlands Earthjustice is working to protect.

“The Tongass, located in southeast Alaska, is…filled with centuries-old towering trees, ice fields and glaciers, and rivers and fjords flowing among thousands of islands. Earthjustice has been working since its inception to protect the old-growth forest from unsustainable logging.” (Continue reading…)

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of many striking winter wonderlands that Earthjustice is working to protect.
Tonda/iStock

3. The Dance of the Dammed

Two dams known for killing threatened fish were finally removed.

“It’s like watching a ballet—two big earth-moving machines perform a slow dance on the banks of Evans Creek and on the crest of an obsolete dam in southern Oregon.” (Continue reading…)

Wimar dam removal
Oregon's Wimar Dam during its deconstruction and removal.
Scott Wright/River Design Group

2. Navy Sonar Settlement Brings Historic Win for Whales

The Navy will protect vulnerable marine mammal populations around Hawai`i and Southern California. 

“For the first time ever, the U.S. Navy has agreed to put vast swaths of important habitat for numerous marine mammals off limits to dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing and the use of powerful explosives.” (Continue reading…)

Melon headed whales
Melon headed whales like these on the west side of Hawai'i island will now be protected from dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing.
Daniel Webster/Cascadia Research Collective

1. How Wolves Saved the Foxes, Mice, and Rivers of Yellowstone National Park

The re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park has helped revitalize the entire ecosystem.  

“The land of Old Faithful wasn’t always so lush. Two decades ago, Yellowstone National Park was the victim of defoliation, erosion and an unbalanced ecosystem. But in 1995, everything changed.” (Continue reading…)

A wolf standing in a river next to its prey in Yellowstone National Park.
A wolf standing in a river next to its prey in Yellowstone National Park.
Crackerclips Stock Media/Shutterstock
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