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Press Release April 27, 2021

Groups File Third Intervention Defending Pause on Federal Oil, Gas Leasing

Motion responds to 14 states challenging the leasing pause

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

The North Antelope Rochelle Mine, located in Campbell County, Wyoming, about 65 miles south of Gillette in the Powder River Basin.
From the Experts September 22, 2022

The Biden Administration Must Act on Coal Leasing on Public Lands

The administration has refused to reinstate an Obama-era moratorium as U.S. coal consumption rises

page January 6, 2022

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Press Release July 23, 2012

Groups Seek Relief from Smog Pollution in Utah’s Uinta Basin

Public health at risk from EPA’s failure to rein in ground-level ozone

Press Release December 7, 2004

Oil and Gas Development Targeted in National Forest Roadless Area

Outdoor industry company joins in call to preserve area

Press Release September 17, 2013

Groups Fight for Cleaner Air in Utah's Uinta Basin

Public health at risk from EPA’s failure to rein in ground-level ozone, booming energy industry

Press Release June 29, 2022

Ending Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales in Next Five-Year Program Would Have Little to No Impact on Gas Prices, Jobs, and Economy, According to New Analysis

Amid climate crisis and record gas prices, new analysis debunks oil and gas industry claims on need for new federal leasing by offering further evidence that ending new federal offshore leasing would not raise gas prices for nearly two decades, and would have virtually no net economic impact

Coal mines in the Powder River Basin. More than 80% of the federal coal applied for under paused leases is in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.
(WildEarth Guardians / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Press Release January 17, 2017

Groups Move to Defend Pause in Federal Coal Leasing Against Lawsuit by Utah Counties

Current coal-leasing system shortchanges taxpayers, threatens air, water, climate

Press Release July 20, 2020

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Order to Open Public Lands to Coal Leasing

Leases benefit coal company executives at expense of taxpayers, clean air, water

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.

Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine in Livingston, Montana. Harbine is working to stop fossil fuel development in the western United States, including fighting fracking, coal mining, and coal burning.
(Eric Ian for Earthjustice)
Article: Victory April 19, 2019

Judge Rules Trump Administration Violated Law By Opening Public Lands to Coal Leasing

Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine just stopped the Trump's administration's efforts to open up dirty coal leasing on public lands.

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.

feature July 20, 2020

Coal mining on our public lands poses serious costs that we can no longer afford.

Our public lands belong to all Americans. And our legal system remains an important backstop against the abuses of power we’ve witnessed over the past two years.

Arch Coal's Black Thunder Mine, Powder River Basin, Wyoming.
(Photo courtesy of Ecoflight)
Update August 23, 2022

Coal Leasing Moratorium Opens Door to a Cleaner Energy Future

A judicial decision gives the Biden administration a chance to make its actions fit its public commitment to fighting climate change.

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

North Antelope Mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
(Photo courtesy of Ecoflight)
Article July 12, 2022

The Biden Administration Must Reinstate the Coal Leasing Moratorium

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is part of a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s defense of continued coal leasing on public lands.

Press Release January 14, 2022

Biden Administration Refuses To Return to Obama-Era Coal Policy

Earthjustice responds to Biden administration failure to act on coal