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(Sonia Luokkala / SEITC)
Press Release June 12, 2024

Alaska, Washington Tribes condemn BC’s flawed consultation policy

New and diminished engagement with U.S. Tribes violates Provincial law

Press Release June 13, 2024

Community Groups Challenge Permit for Washington’s First Industrial Wood Pellet Fuel Plant

The permit vastly underestimates harmful air pollution from the plant that would cause health impacts to residents in nearby communities

In the News: The New York Times June 5, 2024

E.P.A. Moves to Limit Toxic Chemical Used in Hundreds of Products

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program: “You have this chemical that is causing severe health risks to workers, consumers and surrounding communities and those risks have not been adequately regulated under any other law.”

In the News: Philadelphia Inquirer May 29, 2024

Philadelphia’s Black communities would suffer most from weakened air pollution rules

An opinion piece by Marvin C. Brown IV, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice

In the News: Public News Service March 27, 2024

Partial shutdown of crab fishing season considered to protect whales

Andrea Treece, Attorney, Oceans Program: “We leave too much gear on the water too late in the season; we wait until the risk is elevated. Too often, it’s too late to protect those whales. And so we need to really learn our lesson from the past.”

Rice's whale — a new species of whale recognized in 2021, previously known as a subpopulation of Bryde's whale, endemic to the Gulf of Mexico.
(NOAA Fisheries)
From the Experts January 4, 2024

Gulf Whale: Species in the Spotlight

The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has added the critically endangered Gulf of Mexico Rice’s whale to a de facto extinction watchlist. But we still need to do more to protect the species.

The Gulf of Mexico whale is a member of the baleen whale family Balaenopteridae. With likely fewer than 100 individuals remaining, Rice's whales are one of the most endangered whales in the world. (NOAA)
Press Release October 25, 2023

House Republican Legislation Would Gut Protections for Critically Endangered Gulf of Mexico Rice’s Whales

H.R. 6008 would leave in place a Trump-era biological opinion that fails to sufficiently protect Rice’s whales, leaving them highly vulnerable to oil spills and vessel strikes

A view of the northwest section of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Press Release April 25, 2024

Conservation Groups Defend Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument, Antiquities Act

Motion to intervene filed in support of President Biden’s monument designation near Grand Canyon

"Energy bars of the sea," Pacific sardines are small schooling fish that are essential food for humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, brown pelicans, Chinook salmon, and other important commercially and recreationally caught fish and marine animals. (Klaus Stiefel / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release: Victory April 26, 2024

Government Rebuilding Plan for Sardines on U.S. West Coast is Unlawful, Court Rules

Earthjustice, representing Oceana, prevails in lawsuit to recover Pacific sardines to protect whales, sea lions, seabirds, and other ocean animals that rely on the small fish for food

(Sonia Luokkala / SEITC)
Article June 3, 2024

Spring on Alaska’s Unuk River Represents a Fight for Our Way of Life

Mining pollution threatens the sovereign rights of the Tsimshian in Southeast Alaska. Assistant Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission Lee Wagner tells what that means for her community.

Lilian Bello spoke against a proposed natural gas plant in Oxnard, California, that, if allowed, would join three existing gas plants on the city’s beach.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature May 13, 2024

A Fossil Fuel Company Tried to Put a Dirty Gas Plant on a Beautiful Coastline. It Failed.

Earthjustice’s work in state energy proceedings like California is driving the state, and the nation’s, clean energy transition.

An aerial photo of a Gulf of Mexico whale, or Rice’s whale, swimming in the gulf. With likely fewer than 100 individuals remaining, Gulf of Mexico whales are one of the most endangered whales in the world. (NOAA)
Press Release August 24, 2023

Lawsuit Spurs Agreement to Better Protect Endangered Rice’s Whale From Offshore Drilling

Settlement agreement pauses oil and gas leasing in whale habitat and slows vessel traffic for Gulf of Mexico whales on brink of extinction while officials re-evaluate protections

Lau'ipala (yellow tang fish) swim in a coral reef off the island of Lānaʻi, Hawaii. Reefs are essential to biodiversity, with 25% of all marine species found in, on, or near
them. Healthy reefs also facilitate subsistence and commercial fishing, and they protect people from storm surges and floods, absorbing up to 97% of a shorebound wave’s energy. Around a billion people benefit from reefs. (M Swiet Productions / Getty Images)
feature March 14, 2024

Ocean Biodiversity

Ocean ecosystems are essential to our world, and thankfully, we can still chart a new path forward to protect them.

Rice's whale, photographed in the Gulf of Mexico. Rice's whales -- also known as Gulf of Mexico whales -- are members of the baleen whale family Balaenopteridae. With likely fewer than 100 individuals remaining, Rice's whales are one of the most endangered whales in the world. (NOAA)
Update September 22, 2023

Oil Companies Are Trying to Grab an Endangered Whale’s Small Pocket of Ocean

There are about 50 Gulf of Mexico whales left in the world, and oil and gas development is the greatest danger to their survival.

In the News: The New York Times May 3, 2024

Oil Companies Expand Offshore Drilling, Pointing to Energy Needs

Brettny Hardy, Attorney, Oceans Program: “No matter how you look at it, there’s a really dire need to accelerate this shift to clean energy. The things the industry is doing now is not going to help that transition.”

Rice's whale — a new species of whale recognized in 2021, previously known as a subpopulation of Bryde's whale, endemic to the Gulf of Mexico.
(NOAA Fisheries)
Article November 17, 2023

Fossil Fuel-Friendly Ruling Endangers the Last Gulf of Mexico Whales

As scientists gathered at the Smithsonian to discuss the significance of the new-to-science whale, a court decision has further jeopardized the already critically endangered whale.

Earthjustice attorneys Jacob Kopas and Mae Manupipatpong before a hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Press Release April 23, 2024

Historic Hearings on Climate Change at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Earthjustice attorneys will be presenting before the Court

The endangered Gulf of Mexico whales are especially at risk from ship strikes. Setting speed limits to slow down ships in places where the whales are most frequently spotted will protect them from collisions. Fewer than 100 of these rare whales remain. (Sammy Lee / Earthjustice)
Article June 5, 2023

We Need To Slow Down for The Rarest Whales on Earth

The federal government wants public input on whether to set a new maritime speed limit to protect the Gulf of Mexico whale.