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Document October 2, 2023

ONC et al Appeal of State Water Rights Permits, Donlin Mine

Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) and the Native Village of Eek today filed an appeal in the Alaska Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding 12 state water rights permits for the Donlin Gold Mine project.

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Kuskokwim River provides a critical source of wild food and serves as a bedrock of identity and cultural values for Alaska Native Tribal citizens and community members living downstream from the Donlin mine site. (Dave Cannon)
Press Release October 2, 2023

Southwest Alaska Tribes File Two Separate State Appeals Challenging the Donlin Gold Mine

State of Alaska agencies failed to fully consider harmful impacts of the massive gold mine when issuing water permits and a water quality certificate

(Illustration by Rob Chambliss)
Article October 2, 2023

4 Reasons for Hope in Environmental Progress Despite the Supreme Court

We still have strong legal tools to protect people and the planet.

Document September 29, 2023

Gardeners Letter to NY Gov. Hochul: Preserve Community Gardens (S.629-A/A.4139-A)

Community gardeners from across New York State urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign S.629-A/A.4139-A into law, which would help to ensure that community gardens continue to promote sustainability, advance equity, and strengthen New York communities for generations to come, and make clear to New Yorkers that they can and should increase the resilience and vitality of their neighborhoods by investing in community gardens.

Document September 29, 2023

Joint Supporter Letter to NY Gov. Hochul: Preserve Community Gardens (S.629-A/A.4139-A)

Organizations from across New York State urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign S.629-A/A.4139-A into law which would support community gardens by requiring the New York State Community Gardens Task Force to assess whether community gardens on publicly owned land are eligible for designation as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs) and to recommend CEA designation for eligible gardens.

Update September 29, 2023

A Scaled-Back Offshore Leasing Plan Opens Door to Decades of Oil Extraction

The sales under this program would lock the U.S. into up to 70 additional years of offshore oil and gas extraction, further burdening the health of Gulf communities and imperiling our climate.

(Brad Zweerink for Earthjustice)
Press Release September 29, 2023

Earthjustice Responds to Biden Administration’s Final Five-Year Offshore Oil-and-Gas Leasing Program

The plan is considerably slimmed down from original proposal but still offers up the Gulf to oil and gas industry

Document September 29, 2023

Fact Sheet: Five-Year Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program

Earthjustice analyzed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Act’s connection between offshore oil and gas leasing and renewable energy leasing. Even under Earthjustice’s strictest reading of the IRA, Interior does not need to include more than a single oil and gas sale to allow for all planned federal offshore wind leasing.

Molly Prothero is an associate attorney with the Washington, D.C., Regional Office.
staff September 28, 2023

Molly Prothero

Based in Washington, D.C., Molly is an associate attorney.

Pasture with clover and other native prairie grasses which provide a more robust environment. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
From the Experts September 28, 2023

Debunking Myths: The Real Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on Farmers

Senator Stabenow isn’t budging on protecting IRA funding for climate & agriculture programs; and neither are we.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a briefing in New York City. (John Lamparski / Getty Images)
From the Experts September 28, 2023

Tens of thousands demanded climate action in NYC during Climate Week. Here’s how Governor Kathy Hochul can lead.

The governor should deliver on three key actions to transition New York State off of fossil fuels

People walk along Park Avenue and Grand Central Terminal as they are covered in a haze from Canada wildfires on June 7, 2023 in New York City. (NDZ/STAR MAX/IPx via AP)
Article September 28, 2023

How We Can Preserve Breathable Air in a World on Fire

Increasing wildfires fueled by climate change unleash a toxic cocktail. Here’s how we can lessen their health impacts by strengthening clean air protections year-round and nationwide.

Lillian Zhao is an associate attorney with the Washington, D.C., Regional Office.
staff September 27, 2023

Lillian Zhou

Based in Washington, D.C., Lillian is an associate attorney.

staff September 27, 2023

Kevin Breiner

Based in Washington, D.C., Kevin is an associate attorney.

Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Little Redfish Lake Creek, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. Salmon will have greater access to spawning grounds in Idaho if the lower Snake River dams are removed.
(Neil Ever Osborne / Save Our Wild Salmon / iLCP)
Press Release September 27, 2023

Plaintiffs in Columbia-Snake Litigation Applaud the Biden Administration’s Resolve to Restore Snake River Salmon

Presidential Memorandum directs federal agencies to restore healthy and abundant salmon populations across the Columbia River Basin

The Greenidge Generating Station on the west shore of Seneca Lake, near Dresden, New York.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Article: Victory September 27, 2023

Crypto Miners Bought Their Own Power Plant. It’s a Climate Disaster.

The plant’s air permit application was denied after community members fought back, with help from Earthjustice.

A northern long-eared bat. (Photo courtesy of Dave Thomas)
Press Release September 26, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds White House for Vetoing Attacks on Endangered Species Act

President Biden put an end to GOP-led effort to remove protections for lesser prairie-chicken and northern long-eared bat

The Greenidge Generation Bitcoin mining facility, along Seneca Lake in Dresden, NY, on Jul. 30, 2022. (Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory September 26, 2023

BREAKING: In New Decision, Judge Finds Greenidge Generation’s Air Permit Inconsistent with NYS Climate Law

The ruling finds that Greenidge Generation’s crypto mining pollution operations are inconsistent with and will interfere with the greenhouse gas emissions limits of New York’s Climate Law (the CLCPA), as the DEC found in June 2022