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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.

Children play at Arvin's Garden in the Sun playground in Kern County, Calif., on Jan. 3, 2021. There are several oil wells in and around the park.
(Tara Pixley for Earthjustice)
feature April 4, 2023

In the Shadow of Big Oil: Neighborhood Drilling in California

California will finally stop allowing oil wells near people’s backyards.

An oil industry wastewater injection well. Illegal injections are contaminating underground water in scores of aquifers across the state, from Monterey to Kern and Los Angeles counties.
(Photo by Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources)
Press Release May 7, 2015

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Illegal Dumping of Toxic Oil Waste Into California’s Imperiled Water Supplies

Environmental groups challenge ‘emergency’ rules permitting unlawful contamination of protected aquifers

Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.
(Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0)
feature March 22, 2017

In Conversation: Standing With Standing Rock

Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, lead counsel to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their litigation, discusses the historic legal case and what lies ahead.

A sign hangs by the Inglewood Oil Field in Los Angeles, warning of hazardous fumes.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release May 13, 2014

64 Environmental and Community Groups File Petition Demanding Federal Limits on Toxic Oil & Gas Well Air Pollution

Concerned about health impacts of drilling rush, groups push EPA to act swiftly

A crude oil train near the Richmond, CA, railyard.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release May 1, 2015

Obama Administration Leaves Explosive Oil Trains on the Rails for Years

Long phase-out of hazardous cars, inadequate speed limits, deficient tanker shells leave communities at risk of catastrophe

An oil refinery looms over the west side of Port Arthur, TX.
(Eric Kayne for Earthjustice)
feature April 27, 2018

A Disaster In The Making

A new report documents how people have been left in harm’s way, as the Trump administration attempts to block the Chemical Disaster Rule.

Press Release May 6, 2010

Time Out on Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling Needed

Conservation and Alaska Native groups head to federal court in legal challenge to Shell Oil plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean this July

Press Release August 6, 2013

Court Upholds Shell’s Oil Spill Plans Despite Serious Questions

Federal agency allowed to ignore NEPA and ESA

Oil industry wastewater injection wells. Illegal injections are contaminating underground water in scores of aquifers across the state, from Monterey to Kern and Los Angeles counties.
(Photos by Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources)
case May 7, 2015

Halting Illegal Dumping of Oil Waste Into California’s Imperiled Water Supplies

A lawsuit, filed by Earthjustice in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club, challenges “underground injection control” regulations from California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). The regulations allow oil companies to continue injecting oil industry wastewater and other fluids into protected aquifers until February…

Press Release December 15, 2009

Shell Oil Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans Challenged

Analysis of impacts sorely lacking

Press Release January 20, 2010

Shell Oil Chukchi Sea Drilling Plans Challenged

Analysis of impacts sorely lacking

Oil drilling operations in Kern County, Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release April 19, 2021

Diverse Coalition of 21 Moves to Defend Biden Administration’s Oil, Gas Leasing Pause

Motion backs the Biden administration’s legality in pausing federal onshore, offshore leasing

feature January 17, 2019

Special Report: Two Years of Overruling the Trump Administration

The record shows that the Trump’s efforts to weaken environmental regulations are no match for the law.

Press Release February 4, 2008

Oil Companies Seek to Weaken Limits on Oil Spills into America's Waters

Environmentalists in court to support rules protecting rivers, streams, wetlands from pollution

So many oil and gas wells have been developed in the Uinta Basin that air pollution levels rival those of big cities.
(WildEarth Guardians / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Press Release April 6, 2016

Obama’s Interior Department Pushes Oil Shale Plan Threatening Massive Climate Pollution, Water Use

Enefit’s mining facility in Utah would expand development and use of kerogen oil, one of world’s most carbon-polluting fuels

Press Release March 6, 2023

Lawsuit Challenges Biden Decision to Open 73.3 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico for Oil Leasing

Legal challenge takes on one of the largest lease sales in U.S. history, which raises serious threats to climate, Gulf communities, and endangered species

Map of crude oil, petroleum product, hydrocarbon liquid, and natural gas pipelines in the contiguous United States.
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)
feature July 14, 2021

Why Are Fossil Fuel Pipelines Bad for Our Climate and Communities?

The threat from pipelines may be big, but it is solvable.