Taking the Willow project to court. Again.

Five days after a court ruling gave ConocoPhillips the go ahead to plow forward with its massive Willow oil and gas project, we appealed the decision to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Soon, we will file a motion requesting that the court stop construction on Willow while the Ninth Circuit Court hears our case.

There’s so much at stake for the Arctic and the planet. And so, we fight.… Read More

Meet attorney Siobhan McIntyre

Siobhan joined Trustees in October 2023 after working many years in the public sector for the State of Alaska. Here, she talks about her path to law, Alaska, and Trustees:

I grew up in the greater Boston area. My journey to environmental law began against a suburban backdrop where vistas “as far as the eye could see” usually spanned about 10 to 100 feet, depending on the density of development and deciduous trees. The great outdoors featured mostly lawns, municipal sports fields, and other variations on the theme of mown and managed Bermuda grass.… Read More

Fellowship attorneys say Alaska’s where its at for environmental law

Trustees for Alaska’s legal fellowships allow lawyers new to environmental law to expand their knowledge and skills by working alongside Trustees’ legal teams for two years. We’re accepting applications for a legal fellowship starting in September 2024 in our Anchorage office. Find out more about Trustees’ fellowships and other jobs and opportunities to learn more.

We asked our current fellows to tell their stories and share their experiences. Here’s what they said.… Read More

Drilling and mining are economic vampires: Alaska News Brief October 2023

I’ve been thinking about metal and mineral mining a lot these days, and the relentless pressure to extract, extract, extract from Alaska. That the world is rife with news of war and violence only deepens the pressure.

Here’s the truth about metals mining. The industry is barely regulated and has prevented any meaningful reform at the federal level for nearly 150 years. It pays nothing to extract from public lands, with enormous impacts on Indigenous communities. It is the single largest source of toxic waste in the United States, with hardrock mines having contaminated an estimated 40 percent of Western U.S. watersheds. In fact, Red Dog tops the toxic release inventory and has for decades.… Read More

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