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Press Release June 8, 2023

Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice Event Brings Together Leaders and Advocates Ahead of World Ocean Day

Event centered the voices of of historically excluded and marginalized communities in ocean conservation discussion

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 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.

Press Release April 10, 2023

Two Alaska Tribal Organizations Sue the Federal Government to Protect Subsistence Fishing as the Salmon Crisis Intensifies

Lawsuit takes aim at outdated studies and seeks to reexamine groundfish catch limits due to sweeping ecosystem changes

Document April 10, 2023

Groundfish Complaint

Two Alaska tribal organizations sue the federal government to protect subsistence fishing by reexamining groundfish catch limits for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands as the salmon crisis in Western Alaska intensifies.

A Gulf of Mexico whale.
(NOAA Fisheries)
From the Experts April 10, 2023

In 2021, Scientists Identified a New Whale Species in the Gulf of Mexico

Here’s how Earthjustice is working to protect marine creatures and biodiversity.

In the News: Mother Jones March 31, 2023

Team Biden Just Offered an Italy-Sized Area of the Gulf of Mexico to Big Oil

George Torgun, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: “These leases were brought back to life by the IRA but there was no legal reason to offer almost the entire Gulf of Mexico to the oil and gas industry.”

In the News: CNN March 29, 2023

Biden administration moves ahead with massive Gulf of Mexico drilling auction, weeks after approving Willow Project

George Torgun, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: “There’s nothing in the IRA that required it to be so large. If it goes forward as planned, it’s double the size of Willow. It’s going to lock in fossil fuel development in the Gulf for the next 50 years.”

Press Release March 29, 2023

Gobierno Biden Subastará Aguas Del Golfo De México Para Extracción De Petróleo En Una Oferta Masiva De Arrendamiento

Las parcelas en alta mar en arrendamiento contienen casi el doble de petróleo que el área del proyecto Willow en Alaska

An ultra-deepwater drillship anchored in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Update March 29, 2023

We’re Fighting a Massive Offshore Drilling Project in the Gulf of Mexico

Lease Sale 259 is one of the largest lease sales in history. As promised, we’re using our legal tools to fight it.

Press Release March 29, 2023

Biden Administration Set to Auction Off Gulf of Mexico Waters for Oil Drilling in Massive Lease Sale

Offshore parcels up for lease contain nearly twice as much oil as Willow project area

In the News: Associated Press March 14, 2023

Alaska oil project approval adds yet another climate concern

George Torgun, Attorney, Oceans Program, Earthjustice: “This administration has pledged to oversee a historic transition to clean energy, but actions speak louder than words.”

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021.
(Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Press Release March 9, 2023

Broad Coalition of Climate & Environmental Groups Respond to President Biden’s FY24 Budget

The groups also committed to continue defending the vital funding doled out by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and to fight for a clean energy future, while challenging the extremist politicians who are threatening to cut critical funding for environmental agencies and programs.

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

Document March 6, 2023

Lease Sale 259 Lawsuit

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

A north Atlantic right whale swims with dolphins.
 (Allison Henry / NOAA)
Press Release February 27, 2023

Earthjustice Statement on RESCUE Whales Act of 2023

“Science-based decision making is the core of the Endangered Species Act and has been essential to bringing numerous species back from the brink of extinction.”

Press Release February 24, 2023

Earthjustice Reacts to Biden Administration’s Plans for Massive Offshore Lease Sale in Gulf of Mexico

Lease Sale 259 will bring unnecessary harm to environmental justice communities, climate, and at-risk species

Rice's whale, photographed in the Gulf of Mexico. Rice's 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 February 22, 2023

Oil Companies are Blasting Seismic Air Guns in an Endangered Whale’s Habitat

With only about 50 Gulf of Mexico whales remaining, they are at critical risk if oil companies ramp up seismic oil exploration.

Press Release February 22, 2023

Groups Sue to Protect Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales

Officials must assess fishing effects on dwindling Pacific species