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April 2, 2019 | Legal Document

Notice of Intent to Sue Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan

On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity, we write to notify you of violations of section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), 16 U.S.C. § 1536, in connection with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (“NMFS”) failure to reinitiate and complete consultations regarding the effects of its continued authorization of fisheries managed under the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (“HMS FMP”) on the oceanic whitetip shark and the giant manta ray. By failing to complete consultation, NMFS is failing to ensure that its activities do not jeopardize the continued existence of these species. Complying with the section 7 duty is particularly critical for these two species because NMFS has not extended substantive protections to the shark or manta ray under section 4(d) of the ESA.

March 15, 2019 | Legal Document

Motion to Intervene: Louisiana Group Defends Coast Guard Actions to Stop 14-Year Taylor Energy Oil Spill

Earthjustice on behalf of Healthy Gulf (formerly Gulf Restoration Network) moved to intervene in a suit to defend the Coast Guard’s actions to contain the ongoing Taylor Energy oil spill against Taylor’s lawsuit trying to block Coast Guard led spill control efforts. The spill from the Taylor Energy platform has been dumping thousands of gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years. This is the longest oil spill in U.S. history.

March 13, 2019 | Legal Document

Complaint: Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Vast Expansion of Gulf Oil, Gas Leasing

Offshore drilling across 78 million acres would ramp up risks to communities, wildlife. The lawsuit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Healthy Gulf (f.k.a. Gulf Restoration Network), the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity, follows the Department of the Interior’s announcement that it will hold its next lease sale on March 20.

March 11, 2019 | Legal Document

Dusky Shark: Summary Judgment Ruling

The D.C. District Court rules against the Trump administration for violating federal law by failing to use all available scientific evidence to end the overfishing of dusky sharks in U.S. waters. The ruling, in response to an Oceana lawsuit filed by Earthjustice, requires the federal government to do more to end the rampant overfishing that has plagued dusky sharks.

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