The Latest On: Water
Thomas Cmar, Coal Program, Earthjustice: "This is really just the leading edge of what will become a much broader wave of power plants seeking to extract as much of an advantage as they can out of the handouts that the Trump EPA gave them."
Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office, Earthjustice: “The most important takeaway is that this is a critical part of Bay Mills and other tribal nations’ identity. This area is a place of cultural significance [and] economic viability.”
Janette Brimmer, Attorney, Northwest Office, Earthjustice: “The damage we have seen over the last year is going to continue apace. This rule is wreaking havoc on protections of water. That’s not going to stop while the rulemaking goes on.”
Moneen Nasmith, Attorney, Northeast Office, Earthjustice: “Particularly from a climate standpoint, the case for a brand-new, massive tar-sands pipeline is extremely thin and frankly nonexistent. Now is the time to do better by tribes, to take climate change seriously, to take environmental considerations seriously.”
Moneen Nasmith, Attorney, Northeast Office, Earthjustice: “You can end up having the mud that is used to drill the tunnel blow back and seep out into the groundwater, and into the water table along where you're drilling your tunnel, in a way that causes tremendous amounts of damage.”
Olivia Glasscock, Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “There is no mine on Earth of this size or type that has ever succeeded in not contaminating surrounding waters, and Donlin will be no different. Earthjustice will continue to challenge this short-sighted plan, which would rob an entire region of a priceless river only to line the pockets of mine developers.”