Court action calls for stop to ConocoPhillips’ harmful Willow construction

We filed a motion in U.S. District Court requesting a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to stop ConocoPhillips from starting harmful winter road construction and gravel mining in the western Arctic because of immediate threats to people and wildlife. It also challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to ensure impacts to polar bears will be mitigated.… Read More

Sprinting to court to stop the Arctic Refuge sell-off

We sprinted to court this week to stop the outgoing administration from selling off sacred and public lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the last days of its term.
The motion requests a preliminary injunction that stops the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from issuing any leases and from authorizing any seismic exploration activities.… Read More

We just sued Interior for illegal, premature approval of massive Arctic oil and gas project

We’re taking the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court for unlawfully and prematurely authorizing the ConocoPhillips Willow Master Plan despite its known harms to people and wildlife. BLM approved the Willow proposal in late October, despite the lack of a permit application and despite serious concerns from the public about the agency rushing the public process during a pandemic. … Read More

Legal fellow Lauren Sherman wants to protect the magical and essential

Legal fellow Lauren Sherman joined Trustees in September. Here, she talks about how her childhood interest in being an environmentalist took a turn to the law: As a child surrounded by estuaries in Florida, I loved spending an afternoon watching a great blue heron stalk fish or manatees feeding in shallow beds of seagrass. It struck me as magical to see how each organism, no matter how small, contributed to the entire system.… Read More

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