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John Beard, Jr., stands a block away from where he grew up in Port Arthur, TX, where a petrochemical facility is located adjacent to a playground. Port Arthur is one of the most polluted communities in the country. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 8, 2024

“In the Belly of the Beast”: A Conversation with Port Arthur Community Action Network’s John Beard, Jr.

A lifelong Port Arthur resident takes the fight for clean air and water directly to polluting industries.

In the News: Financial Times April 11, 2024

Republican states step up legal threats to Joe Biden’s climate agenda

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “This is the most right-wing court we’ve seen in almost a century, and that’s emboldening conservative legal activists to swing for the fences with legal claims that would have been laughable just a few years ago. The legal landscape has shifted, and it’s profound.”

Press Release August 29, 2002

Three Hundred Citizen Groups Call on Secret World Bank Court to Open Up Bechtel Case Against Bolivia

Case called a “Preview of the Free Trade of the Americas”

Press Release February 12, 2003

Secretive World Bank Tribunal Bans Public and Media Participation in Bechtel Lawsuit over Access to Water

Citizens excluded from $25 million suit against Bolivia for company’s failed water privatization scheme

page March 13, 2024

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Press Release March 27, 2024

Community Groups Reach Legal Settlement with KIUC, State on West Kaua‘i Hydro Project

Pō‘ai Wai Ola and Nā Kia‘i Kai raised concerns about the energy project’s impact on the Waimea River

Natural gas well pads, pipelines, and other associated infrastructure in the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming. Once home to pristine, clean air and very little industrial activity, emissions from oil and gas production in this area now lead to unhealthy levels of smog. (Ecoflight)
Press Release: Victory March 25, 2024

Court Rules 2022 Wyoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale Was Illegal

Wyoming sale was one of the largest oil and gas lease sales held on public lands

Press Release: Victory January 19, 2006

Bechtel Surrenders in Bolivia Water Revolt Case

Engineering giant sought $50 million, settles for thirty cents

In the News: San Francisco Chronicle March 25, 2024

Mountainous national monument on California-Oregon border survives major legal challenge

Kristen Boyles, Managing Attorney, Northwest Office: “It’s been many years now of litigation, fighting to protect this remarkable place, and phew, we’re done. The monument and its expansion, it’s now the law of the land. People should go visit this summer. It’s a beautiful place.”

feature October 7, 2022

La Energía Solar En Techos y Su Almacenamiento Distribuido De Baterías Garantizará Electricidad Confiable y Asequible Para Los Puertorriqueños

Es tanta la luz solar que recibe Puerto Rico en el transcurso de un año que puede generar más energía de la suficiente para satisfacer su demanda.

Volunteers with the group Comunidad Guayamesa Unidos por tu Salud install a solar power system in the home of community member in the Puente de Jobos neighborhood of Guayama, P.R., on Mar. 20, 2021. (Erika P. Rodríguez for Earthjustice)
feature October 7, 2022

Distributed rooftop solar and battery storage will ensure reliable and affordable electricity for all Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico receives an abundance of sunlight year-round that can generate more than enough energy to meet demand.

In the News: Energy News Network March 12, 2024

Parsing legal definitions, power industry pushes back on EPA coal ash enforcement

Gavin Kearney, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The whole overarching point (of the federal rules) is that groundwater contamination is a big problem; it’s really unsafe, and we have to prevent it. You can’t let water in (to a coal ash impoundment); you can’t let water out; you can’t let water just sit inside…

Pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, California in 2015.
(Jae C. Hong / AP)
Press Release: Victory March 7, 2024

California Court Rules Kern County Oil, Gas Permitting Scheme Illegal

County’s environmental review again deemed unlawful, local permitting halted

An outside unit to a heat pump system outside a home in Juneau, Alaska. (Michael Penn for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory March 8, 2024

Judge Denies Industry Challenge to Delay Implementation of Washington’s New Climate and Health-Friendly Building Codes

New statewide building codes incentivizing heat pumps will take effect in mid-March

Article August 13, 2012

Q&A: Frank James, M.D., Whatcom Docs

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth blog post in an ongoing series about proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest.) Dr. Frank James is a member of Whatcom Docs, a group of medical doctors in Whatcom County, Wash., who are concerned about the health impacts of a proposed coal shipping terminal in Bellingham, Wash.…

document February 12, 2024

Legal Challenge: Five-Year Offshore Leasing Program

Environmental groups and Gulf-based organizations filed a legal challenge to hold the Interior Department accountable for failing to adequately consider the public health impacts on frontline communities in its final Five-Year Program.

Oil drilling infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico. (Brad Zweerink for Earthjustice)
Press Release February 12, 2024

Environmental and Gulf Groups React to API Lawsuit Against Interior Dept. Targeting Five-Year Offshore Leasing Program; Seek Stronger Protections for Gulf of Mexico

As the oil industry pursues a max-out strategy for fossil fuel development in the Gulf with a new legal challenge, advocates flag serious climate, public health, and environmental concerns

Sockeye salmon in Little Redfish Lake Creek, a tributary of the Snake River. (Neil Ever Osborne / Save Our Wild Salmon)
feature December 14, 2023

Timeline: A Long Fight to Restore Snake River Salmon

Learn about the major events, court rulings, and where we are now in this long-standing fight.