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A bowhead whale and calf surface in the Arctic Ocean.
(Amelia Brower / NOAA)
feature October 20, 2021

Northern Fights

By land and by sea, America’s Arctic is under attack. Earthjustice is fighting on multiple fronts to protect this irreplaceable region and keep the Arctic’s fossil fuels in the ground.

Document April 13, 2021

ORDER: Ninth Circuit Court Confirms Obama-Era Protections for Arctic, Atlantic Oceans

Court agrees with motions to end appeal of Alaska District Court win upholding Obama-era protections

Press Release: Victory April 13, 2021

Ninth Circuit Court Confirms Obama-Era Protections for Arctic, Atlantic Oceans

Court agrees with motions to drop appeal of Alaska District Court win upholding Obama-era protections

Press Release: Victory April 13, 2021

Corte Descarta Apelación de Trump Que Buscaba Exploración de Gas y Petróleo en los Océanos Atlántico y Ártico

La Corte del Noveno Circuito concuerda con las mociones para poner fin a la apelación de la victoria del Tribunal de Distrito de Alaska al defender las protecciones de la era Obama

Ringed seal (Pusa hispida) rests near a breathing hole in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean.
(Florian Schulz / florianschulz.com)
feature August 20, 2020

Timeline: Defending America’s Arctic

Earthjustice has been advocating against drilling in the Arctic for decades. Here’s how we got to where we are today.

A bowhead whale and calf. The federal government concluded that if just one major lease sale in the Arctic Ocean were developed for oil and gas, there would be a 75% chance of a major oil spill in this sensitive region.
(Amelia Brower / Alaska Fisheries Science Center / NOAA)
Press Release: Victory March 30, 2019

Earthjustice President Reacts to Judge’s Ruling Striking Down Trump’s Order to Undo Drilling Protections for Arctic, Atlantic

Ruling restores offshore leasing ban, protects areas from dangerous drill rigs

Document March 29, 2019

ORDER: Judge Strikes Down Trump’s Order to Undo Drilling Protections for Arctic, Atlantic

Ruling restores offshore leasing ban, protects areas from dangerous drill rigs

A bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) surfaces in the Arctic Ocean.
(Vicki Beaver / NOAA)
Press Release March 20, 2018

Court Allows Conservation And Alaska Native Groups To Challenge Trump’s Reversal Of Arctic And Atlantic Drilling Ban

Court now set to determine whether Trump broke the law in trying to undo permanent safeguards

Document March 19, 2018

U.S. District Court for District of Alaska: Order re Motions to Dismiss

Before the Court are the following motions: Defendants Donald J. Trump, Ryan Zinke, and Wilbur Ross’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 12; Intervenor-Defendant American Petroleum Institute’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 25; and Intervenor-Defendant State of Alaska’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 34. The motions have been fully briefed. Oral argument on the motions was held on November 8, 2017. For the following reasons, the motions will be denied.

The oil drilling ship Noble Discoverer, on April 5, 2012 in the Port of Seattle before its trip to Alaska for the summer Arctic drilling season. The ship has since been retired.
(James Brooks / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release January 4, 2018

Trump Administration’s New Leasing Plan Would Expand Offshore Drilling Everywhere

Earthjustice to continue fighting reversal of safeguards against drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

An offshore production oil rig.
(Land By Sea / Getty Images)
Press Release January 4, 2018

El nuevo programa de concesiones de la Administración Trump permitiría la perforación petrolífera a mar abierto en todo el país

Earthjustice seguirá resistiendo la desaparición de los salvaguardas contra la perforación del Ártico y el Atlántico

A bowhead whale and calf. The federal government concluded that if just one major lease sale in the Arctic Ocean were developed for oil and gas, there would be a 75% chance of a major oil spill in this sensitive region.
(Amelia Brower / Alaska Fisheries Science Center / NOAA)
case May 3, 2017

Challenging Trump’s Reversal of Arctic and Atlantic Drilling Ban

President Trump’s April 28, 2017, executive order to jettison a permanent ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans exceeded his constitutional and statutory authority and violated federal law. Responding to a national groundswell of opposition to expanded offshore drilling, President Obama permanently ended oil and gas leasing in…

Document May 3, 2017

Complaint: Lawsuit Challenges Trump Reversal Of Arctic And Atlantic Drilling Ban

Unlawful executive order puts climate, sensitive oceans, coastal residents and economies at risk

The drilling unit 'Kulluk,' part of Shell's 2012 attempt to drill in the Arctic Ocean, grounded on the shore of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, after many efforts by tug vessel crews and Coast Guard crews to move the vessel to safe harbor during a winter storm. The 'Kulluk' was so badly damaged, it was eventually scrapped.
(PA3 Jon Klingenberg / Coast Guard)
Press Release May 3, 2017

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Reversal of Arctic and Atlantic Drilling Ban

Unlawful executive order puts climate, sensitive oceans, coastal residents and economies at risk

A wolf in Yellowstone National Park during winter.
(David Osborn)
Article May 3, 2017

Trump Threatens to Bring Arctic Offshore Drilling Back from the Dead – and it’s Still a Terrible Idea

Here are four reasons why throwing open the door to Arctic Ocean drilling would cause irreparable damage to people and the planet.