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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

Alaska News Brief July 2020: Look for the light

I’m packing right now for a trip to McNeil River next week. I need a break from computer screens and nonstop news. Hanging out with bears seems like a good refuge right now. I’m grateful I can do it, and aware that not everyone can. We all have to look for the light where we can, though, and lately I’ve found it in the streets and in courtrooms.… Read More

Trump’s plan to wreck the Arctic

Trump agencies have become conveyor belts for moving public lands into industry hands with zero respect for the law, public input, science, climate consequences, Indigenous homelands, or the harm to air, water, land, wildlife and people.… Read More

Alaska Brief–January 2020

I started at Trustees in 1994
as an intern working on Cook Inlet water quality issues, and later as a staff attorney and legal director who took the Pebble project to court in 2009. Yep,
we’re in court again on Pebble, and still fighting to keep pollutants out of Cook Inlet, but our partnerships and coalitions have evolved and grown.

In my nearly six years as
executive director, I’ve learned one thing–that change is coming, even when it
feels like the change we need won’t budge. … Read More

Support the Western Arctic now!

Speak up now to keep and expand protected areas in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or the Western Arctic. The places currently designated as Special Areas recognize that people and animals rely on interconnected natural systems, not fragmented migratory routes and disrupted watersheds. … Read More

The Western Arctic needs you

Last month the Bureau of Land Management proposed a revised management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or the Western Arctic. The agency’s draft environmental impact statement for the plan offers four alternatives — one that would keep the existing plan in place and three that would revise the plan to open additional, currently protected areas to oil and gas extraction. What we nee is more protection, not less. … Read More

Alaska Brief–November 2019

Most of us know someone–or are someone–who finds it hard or even impossible to sit in the same room with a family member because of politics. It makes sense considering the chasms that have worsened these past few years. Many of us feel threatened in one way or another and struggle with how to bridge the divide. Building bridges across the dinner table can help us mend and come together to solve the problems ahead of us. … Read More

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