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Audit Finds California Oil Regulator’s Rampant Legal Violations

November 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the California Department of Finance released a damning audit detailing repeated violations of oil and gas regulations. Today’s report shows that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulators repeatedly skipped required reviews when approving hundreds of oil and gas wells last year.

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California Court Strikes Down Limits on Fighting Dirty Power Plants

November 25, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A California appeals court has struck down unconstitutional limits on the rights of citizens to challenge the location of power plants in their communities.

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Formosa Plastics Opponents Ask Feds to Expand Environmental Justice Analysis of Suspended Permit, Hold Hearing

November 24, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— Following the Army Corps of Engineers’ recent suspension of its permit for Formosa Plastics’ proposed Louisiana plant, plaintiff groups in the federal lawsuit that sparked that decision asked today for a public hearing and expanded analysis of the plant’s environmental justice, wetlands and pollution impacts.

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Legal Protest Fights First Federal Oil-lease Sale in California in 8 Years

November 9, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— On behalf of 10 conservation, environmental justice, health and community groups today, the Center for Biological Diversity filed protest comments against the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to lease California federal public land to oil and gas companies for the first time in eight years.

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Youth Leader Nalleli Cobo Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism

October 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity has awarded the 2020 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to Nalleli Cobo.

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Report: Funds to Clean Up California Oil Wells Dangerously Low, Records Show

October 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A new report by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals that California’s largest oil producers have set aside only a miniscule fraction of the money that would be required to properly plug their oil and gas wells.

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Efficient, Electric: Report Offers Path to U.S. Aviation Climate Pollution Cuts

October 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Planet-warming pollution from U.S. aviation could be cut by three-quarters or more in the next 20 years, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. The report challenges airplane emissions standards recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency as weak and ineffective.

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Public Records Sought Over Delays in National Climate Report

October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking records relating to delays in preparing the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The request for records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comes amid government delays in recruiting the dozens of scientists needed to produce the report. The next version is due in 2022, but the agency’s website indicates it is already behind schedule.

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Thousands Oppose First Federal Oil Lease Sale in California in Eight Years

September 25, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— More than 85 conservation, environmental justice, public health and community groups submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management today opposing the Bureau’s first oil and gas lease sale of federal public lands in California in eight years.

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Legal Petition Seeks to Close California Forest Carbon Loophole

September 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation and environmental justice groups filed a legal petition today that demands the California Public Utilities Commission stop letting carbon-polluting biomass projects take advantage of programs meant to benefit clean energy.

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Gov. Newsom’s Climate Initiative Omits Key Actions on Oil Drilling, Fracking

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif— Gov. Gavin Newsom announced steps today that California will take to accelerate climate action, but he failed to include ambitious actions to curb oil drilling and ban fracking. Today’s measures include an executive order directing the California Air Resources Board to require 100% zero-emissions vehicle sales for passenger cars, pickups and SUVs by 2035.

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Gov. Newsom Faces Lawsuit Over California’s Illegal Oil-well Permits

September 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified Gov. Gavin Newsom today of its intent to file a lawsuit to halt illegal permitting of oil and gas wells in California. In a letter to the governor, the group says giving out such permits causes unacceptable climate and health harms and that the permits are being issued illegally, without the review required under the California Environmental Quality Act.

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EPA Airplane Pollution Rule Blasted for Failing to Help Climate

September 17, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today offered live testimony opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for aircraft. The Center argued at a public hearing that the rules, which mirror those adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, are too weak to address the severity of the climate crisis.

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Airplane Pollution Standards Lag 10 Years Behind Technology: Report

September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— International airplane standards for planet-warming pollution lag behind industry advances by about a decade, according to a report released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

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Trump Administration Proposes First Oil Lease Sale in California in Eight Years

August 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it intends to hold the first federal oil and gas lease sale in California since 2012.

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Lawsuit Fights Trump Administration Plan to Open 18 Million Acres of Western Arctic to Oil and Gas Drilling

August 25, 2020

ANCHORAGE — Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration over its plan to allow oil and gas drilling on 18.7 million acres of the Western Arctic, known as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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California Senate Bill May Shield Oil Companies From Cleanup Costs

August 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Last-minute amendments to Senate Bill 1012 in the California legislature threaten to shift massive oil-industry well-cleanup costs to taxpayers. S.B. 1012, introduced by Sen. Melissa Hurtado, would make changes to the California Public Resources Code that could make it harder for the state to recoup well-remediation costs from oil companies.

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Judge OKs Millions in Executive Payouts for Bankrupt California Oil Giant

August 21, 2020

HOUSTON— A federal judge in Houston late yesterday approved an incentive package worth up to $57 million for top executives as part of bankruptcy proceedings for oil giant California Resources Corporation.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Methane Pollution Rules for Oil, Gas Industry

August 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized two rules today that will roll back regulation of the oil and gas industry, allowing the release of hundreds of thousands of tons of methane and other harmful air pollutants over the coming years.

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Labor, Environmental Groups Urge Emergency Action to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19

August 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Labor unions representing health care workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to demand that the Trump administration take emergency action to provide adequate masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers.

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Formosa Plastics Agrees to Delay Work on Louisiana Plant After Opponents File for Injunction

July 24, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— A federal judge has approved Formosa Plastics’ agreement not to start construction work on its massive petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana after opponents filed a preliminary injunction on July 14 to block work on the site.

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California Data Show Regular Truck Crashes, Deaths Along Proposed ExxonMobil Oil-trucking Route

July 23, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— There’s been a large truck collision every week, and almost two fatalities per year, on average over the past five years along the California highways where ExxonMobil wants to send up to 70 oil tanker trucks a day, according to California Highway Patrol data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Trump Administration’s Weak New Aircraft Pollution Rules Fail to Protect Climate

July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed long-overdue rules today to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. The rules, which mirror those adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, are too weak to address the severity of the climate crisis. The EPA itself says it doesn't expect the rule to result in emissions reductions.

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As Oil Giant Goes Bankrupt, California Governor Urged to Hold Industry Responsible for Well Cleanups

July 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— As one of California’s largest oil producers enters bankruptcy, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to prevent California Resources Corporation and other troubled oil companies from shirking legal obligations to clean up their wells and prevent pollution. CRC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.

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Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ Louisiana Plant File for Preliminary Injunction

July 14, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana filed for a preliminary injunction today to block construction of the project. The proposed facility would be one of the largest plastics plants in North America.

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60 Groups Denounce Trump Administration’s Proposal to Revive Super-polluting Supersonic Planes

July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 60 climate, environmental, community and public-health groups nationwide called on the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed rule that would pave the way for the return of commercial supersonic airplane travel.

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With New Permits, Newsom Ramps Up Fracking in California

July 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulatory agency has approved 12 new permits for Chevron to conduct hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Lost Hills Oil Field in Kern County.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Push to Gut Car Pollution Standards

May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to block a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles. The revised standards will worsen dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads safer.

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Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 34 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California

May 15, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The failure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline five years ago prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 33.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere.

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Louisiana Groups Urge Delay in Power Project for Industrial Polluters, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

May 6, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The coalition opposing Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, has requested a delay in upgrading electric transmission lines to serve that project and future industrial polluters. The coalition’s letter cites current public health warnings about COVID-19 and damage to wetlands.

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300 Groups Call on Congress to Bail Out People, Not Polluters

April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 300 groups called on Congress today to demand that federal relief money be directed to people affected by the COVID-19 crisis and not to fossil fuel polluters.

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Trump Administration Moves to Weaken Oil Pipeline Spill Rules

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed weaker new rules today governing how companies operating oil pipelines prepare for and respond to oil spills. The changes would eliminate or modify several key protections and relieve companies of the responsibility for reporting many oil spills.

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Trump Opens Door to Return of Super-polluting Supersonic Planes

April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed new rules today that would pave the way for the return of commercial supersonic airplane travel. The new rules would allow commercial supersonic aircraft, which have been banned for almost 50 years, to be noisier at takeoff and landing than new conventional jets.

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Information Sought on Trump EPA’s Suspension of Environmental Rules

April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today for documents related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to suspend enforcement of environmental laws in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Administration Cripples Effort to Curb Car Pollution

March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles today. The revised standards will maintain dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads safer.

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Crews Break Ground on Formosa Plastics Project in Louisiana Despite Coronavirus Crisis, Flood Risk

March 26, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Utility crews unexpectedly broke ground on Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, this week, surprising community members and other opponents, who are demanding work on the site stop until after the COVID-19 public health crisis passes. 

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Senate Republicans Bail Out Major Fossil Fuel Polluters

March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Senate voted tonight to pass a $2 trillion stimulus package that aims to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes over $400 billion in funding for “distressed sectors” of the economy including oil, gas and coal companies and commercial airlines despite pleas to hold those industries accountable for their reckless behavior.

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Congress Urged to Reject $400+ Billion Fossil Fuel Bailout

March 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 100 climate, environmental, social-justice and workers’ rights groups urged Congress today to reject Republican efforts to assist the fossil fuel industry and instead focus relief legislation on the American people.

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Congress Urged to Hold Airlines Accountable on Climate, Workers

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 200 climate, environmental, social-justice and workers' rights groups urged Congress today to make any federal relief for the U.S. aviation industry contingent on airlines cutting carbon pollution and supporting airline workers during the coronavirus crisis.

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Opponents of Formosa Plastics Project to Demand Louisiana’s St. James Parish Council Rescind Approval

March 4, 2020

CONVENT, La.— Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in Louisiana will urge the St. James Parish Council today to rescind its land-use permit for the project, following up similar earlier requests with new information. The demand follows the discovery of burial sites of enslaved people on the property, the filing of two lawsuits against the project, and the record-setting $50 million settlement of a lawsuit against Formosa for polluting Texas waterways with billions of plastic pellets.

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California Court: Kern County Violating Law by Rubberstamping Oil Drilling

February 25, 2020

FRESNO, Calif.— In a monumental victory for both public advocacy groups and local farmers, a California court today ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance paid for and drafted by the oil industry violated the state’s foundational environmental law.

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Appeal Challenges Louisiana’s Air Permits for Formosa Plastics’ Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley

February 14, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.—Local and national organizations filed an appeal today challenging the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to approve air permits for Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. The complex would contain 14 plants spanning 2,500 acres, just one mile from an elementary school in a predominantly African American community already inundated with industrial pollution. 

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Sens. Sanders, Merkley Introduce Bill to Ban Fracking Nationwide

February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today to immediately ban fracking for oil and gas on all federal public lands onshore and offshore. The bill also would forbid any new federal permits for fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines, natural gas export terminals and ethane cracker plants.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Administration’s Failure to Cut Airplane Climate Pollution

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups threatened today to sue the Trump administration for failing to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to curb planet-warming pollution from airplanes.

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Report: $550 Million Needed to Plug Abandoned California Oil, Gas Wells

January 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $500 million to plug thousands of so-called “orphan” wells drilled and abandoned by oil and gas companies, according to a report by experts with the California Council on Science and Technology.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Suppression of Grid Study Bolstering Clean Energy Transition

January 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release documents about a $1.5 million study that examined how grid improvements can bolster renewable energy access.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Plan to Frack, Drill 1 Million Acres of California Public Lands, Minerals

January 14, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today challenging the last step in the administration’s plan to allow oil drilling and fracking on more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in Central California.

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Louisiana Issues Air-pollution Permits for Formosa Plastics Plant

January 7, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today issued air-pollution permits for a massive petrochemical complex that Formosa Plastics wants to build in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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Trump Administration Permits Oil Company to Harm Alaska’s Endangered Whales, Ice Seals

December 19, 2019

ANCHORAGE—The Trump administration today announced the issuance of federal take permits that would allow Hilcorp Alaska to kill or seriously injure 14 whales and nine ice seals as it constructs the Liberty offshore drilling island. The controversial project would be the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Trump Administration Gives Final OK to Drilling, Fracking in Central California

December 12, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Trump administration took the final step today to break a five-year moratorium on leasing public land in California for oil drilling and fracking, issuing a decision that will allow more than 1 million acres to be put on the auction block.

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500 Groups Urge Next U.S. President to Declare National Emergency, Rejoin Paris Accord With Bold Climate Commitments

December 11, 2019

MADRID— U.S. environmental and climate-justice groups at the United Nations climate change conference in Madrid called on the next U.S. president today to declare a national climate emergency. The plan, supported by hundreds of U.S. groups, urges the next administration to take 10 executive actions in its first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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Organizaciones de EEUU Urgen al Próximo Presidente Declarar Emergencia Nacional y la Reincorporación al Acuerdo de París con Fuertes Compromisos Climáticos

December 11, 2019

MADRID, España- Organizaciones ambientalistas y de justicia climática de EEUU en la conferencia sobre cambio climático de las Naciones Unidas en Madrid, hacen un llamado al próximo Presidente de Estados Unidos para declarar una emergencia nacional climática. Un plan, apoyado por cientos de grupos de Estados Unidos, insta a la próxima administración a tomar 10 acciones ejecutivas en sus primeros 10 días de gobierno para hacer frente a la crisis climática.

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U.S. Groups to Unveil Plan at UN Conference for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency

December 10, 2019

MADRID— Environmental and climate-justice groups from the United States will host a press conference Wednesday at the United Nations climate conference to unveil a plan urging the next U.S. president to take 10 executive actions in her or his first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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500 Groups Call for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency

December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— More than 500 conservation, environmental justice, youth, health, faith and labor groups today called on the next U.S. president to declare a national climate emergency. The plan urges the next administration to take 10 executive actions in its first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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Mike Mann, Other Experts to Expose Fossil Fuel Industry’s Shifting Tactics to Block Climate Action at San Francisco Event

December 3, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Climate scientist Mike Mann, community organizer Andres Soto and investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz will expose the fossil fuel industry’s latest efforts to block a just and equitable transition away from dirty fossil fuel production at a public event on Dec. 10 in San Francisco.

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Legal Petition Seeks New Air Pollution Standards for Petrochemical Plants

December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON― More than 350 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict air pollution standards for industrial plants that create plastic.

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National Coalition to Announce Legal Challenge to Plastic Plant Pollution at San Francisco EPA Office

December 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO― More than 350 community and conservation organizations from around the country will announce a major new legal challenge to pollution from industrial plants that create plastic tomorrow in San Francisco.

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Panel de Cumbre Climática de la ONU Advierte Sobre la Importancia de Eliminar el Uso de Petróleo Mediante la Electrificación del Transporte

December 1, 2019

MADRID, España— Grupos ecologistas y académicos serán los anfitriones de un panel sobre la eliminación gradual de la producción de petróleo y la electrificación del transporte con energía limpia y renovable, en la conferencia climática de las Naciones Unidas en Madrid este lunes 2 de diciembre.

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UN Climate Summit Panel to Focus on Importance of Phasing Out Oil, Electrifying Transportation

December 1, 2019

MADRID, Spain— Environmental groups and academics will host a panel on phasing out oil production and electrifying transportation with clean and renewable energy at the United Nations climate conference in Madrid on Monday, Dec. 2.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump’s Move to Block California’s Clean Car Standards

November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined eight other groups today in suing the Trump administration for trying to prevent California and other states from setting more protective vehicle pollution standards.

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Legal Action Challenges North Carolina Utilities’ Unlawful Use of Ratepayer Funds

November 22, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today submitted a brief to the North Carolina Utilities Commission arguing that utilities cannot use ratepayer funds for trade association dues as it violates customers’ First Amendment rights. Money from ratepayers is frequently channeled into campaigns against rooftop solar.

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Trump Administration Proposes Oil Drilling Expansion in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve

November 22, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration released a new draft plan today that could dramatically increase the federal land available for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve. The Bureau of Land Management’s proposal includes an alternative that would turn over about 18.3 million acres to the oil industry.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration OK of Oil Waste Dumping in California Aquifer

November 21, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to consider threats to the environment and endangered wildlife before approving an aquifer exemption for the Arroyo Grande oilfield south of San Luis Obispo.

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Newsom Administration Announces Crackdown on Dangerous California Oil Extraction

November 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif.― Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that the state would take major steps to protect Californians from oil industry pollution, as part of an overall strategy to phase out oil production in California. The actions include a moratorium on new high-pressure steam injection wells and the initiation of a process to protect the health of people living near oil and gas wells.

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Ninth Circuit to Hear Arguments Against Arctic Offshore Drilling Project Approval

November 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Liberty project, the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Trump to Quit Paris Accord, End U.S. Obstruction of Global Climate Progress

November 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— President Trump today will submit the official withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. Trump’s withdrawal comes days after the Chilean government cancelled its plan to host the 2019 United Nations climate change talks.

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Trump Plans to Open 1 Million More Acres of California Public Land to Drilling, Fracking

October 31, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Trump administration today announced a proposal to open more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The plan, first floated in draft form in April, would end a more than five-year moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s California Fracking Plan

October 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge its Oct. 4 decision to allow fracking and drilling on 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area.

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Gov. Newsom Urged to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030

October 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The Center for Biological Diversity called on Gov. Gavin Newsom today to phase out the sale of fossil fuel cars in California on an ambitious timeline that matches the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.

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Legal Challenge Opposes Duke Energy’s North Carolina Rate Hike

October 17, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition today to intervene in Duke Energy Carolinas’ application to substantially increase electricity rates in North Carolina without also promoting renewable energy. The groups argued that simply raising rates, without concrete policies to advance the clean energy transition, is wrong for North Carolina, its people and the climate.

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Formosa Plastics Settles Texas Pollution Case for $50 Million, No More Plastic Releases

October 15, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas— Formosa Plastics today settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by a former shrimper and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper challenging its extensive plastic pollution of waterways around its Point Comfort, Texas plant. Under the $50 million settlement, Formosa is paying for pollution cleanup and promises no future discharges of plastic pellets or other plastic materials from the plant.

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Study: Emperor Penguins Threatened by Climate Crisis, Need Urgent Protection

October 9, 2019

GLAND, Switzerland— A study published this week finds that emperor penguins are being pushed towards extinction by the climate crisis melting the sea ice they need for survival. Yet the Trump administration has refused to give Endangered Species Act protections to the iconic birds.

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Trump Bucks Protests, Opens 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Oil Drilling

October 4, 2019

MARINA, Calif.— The Trump administration today dismissed protests and made a formal decision to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling and fracking.

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Federal Studies: Oil Waste Fluid Contaminated California Groundwater

October 3, 2019

MCKITTRICK, Calif.— Oil industry waste fluids containing benzene and other toxic chemicals have migrated into California’s groundwater through multiple pathways at sites in Kern County, west of Bakersfield, federal experts have discovered.

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Lawsuit Filed Over Trump’s Move to Block California’s Clean Car Standards

September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined eight other groups today in suing the Trump administration over its attempt to prevent California and other states from setting more protective vehicle pollution standards.

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Climate Strike Highlights Opposition to Restarting ExxonMobil Offshore Oil Platforms Off Santa Barbara

September 26, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— California Central Coast residents will march and call for climate action Friday as part of the global Climate Strike Week of Action. The Center for Biological Diversity, one of more than 30 participating organizations, will use the occasion to highlight opposition to ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms off Santa Barbara County.

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NYC Youth, Global Frontline Leaders Disrupt Oil, Gas Climate Initiative Greenwash Soirée

September 23, 2019

NEW YORK CITY— Two days after hundreds of thousands marched through New York demanding action to confront the climate crisis, youth activists disrupted a greenwashing event attended by several oil major CEOs. They then joined global frontline movement leaders to denounce these polluting corporations’ abuses and demand real, people-first solutions to address the climate crisis and ensure polluters pay for the damage they have knowingly caused.

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Center for Biological Diversity Strikes for Climate Action

September 20, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— More than 600 Climate Strike events are taking place today across the country. The event is the latest manifestation of the global youth climate strike movement, inspired by Greta Thunberg’s #FridaysforFuture, and is led by youth organizers. The Center for Biological Diversity is supporting and participating in strikes across the country, from Honolulu and Portland, Ore. to New York City, Tucson, Ariz. and beyond.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro from UNC’s Coal Plant Pollution

September 17, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for violations of the Clean Air Act.

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Report: U.S. Airlines’ Carbon Emissions Grew Twice as Fast as Fuel Efficiency Gains

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Domestic aviation fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions increased by 7 percent from 2016 to 2018, according to a report released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation. Fuel efficiency increased by only 3 percent during the same period.

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Formosa Plastics’ Proposed Louisiana Plant Gets Permit to Destroy Wetlands

September 10, 2019

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Clean Water Act permit for Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed plastic plant in St. James Parish, La. This federal permit authorizes the company to dredge and fill sensitive wetlands along the Mississippi River.

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North Carolina Governor Urged to End Duke Monopoly, Transform Energy System

September 9, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Energy Justice NC Coalition today called on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to end Duke Energy’s monopoly and transform the state’s electricity system to 100 percent renewable energy as soon as possible.

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Trump Proposes Killing Methane Pollution Rule

August 29, 2019

WASHINGTON— Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to eliminate direct limits on methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas infrastructure.

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Trump Urged to Block Return of Super-polluting Supersonic Planes

August 28, 2019

WASHINGTON— Twenty-eight public-interest groups called on Trump’s Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday to stop the comeback of highly polluting luxury supersonic planes, which are projected to burn five to seven times more fuel per passenger than typical airliners.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 12 Endangered Coral Species

August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The corals all received Endangered Species Act protection in 2014, but they did not receive the critical habitat protection the law requires.

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Lawsuit Takes on Trump’s Dirty Power Plan

August 14, 2019

WASHINGTON— Ten environmental groups sued Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency today to overturn the administration’s Dirty Power Plan and reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

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Trump Visit to Plastic Plant Ignores Pollution Crisis, Outdated Federal Rules

August 13, 2019

MONACA, Pa.― President Donald Trump’s visit today to a massive plastics plant being built in Pennsylvania by Royal Dutch Shell ignores the plastic pollution and toxic chemicals such plants are allowed to release under decades-old federal regulations. Local groups protested today’s visit and the petrochemical industry’s plan to increase U.S. plastic production using the oversupply of fracked natural gas.

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Lawsuit: Trump Is Failing to Protect Emperor Penguins From Climate Crisis

July 31, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to act on a petition to protect emperor penguins under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Approval of Oil-waste Dumping in California’s Arroyo Grande Aquifer

July 25, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for ignoring threats to endangered wildlife in its recent approval of an aquifer exemption in the area around the Arroyo Grande oilfield.

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Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON― More than 270 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict new water-pollution limits for industrial plants that create plastic.

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Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration to Consider Oil Drilling’s Harm to Endangered Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico

July 19, 2019

TAMPA, Fla.— Prompted by a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the Trump administration has finally agreed to complete a legally required consultation about the harm offshore oil drilling does to whales and other threatened and endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Congressional Resolution Declares Climate Emergency

July 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) unveiled a concurrent resolution today to declare the climate crisis an emergency warranting a “massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address” its consequences.

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Louisiana to Hold Hearing on Massive Formosa Plastics Toxic Chemical Complex

July 8, 2019

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Louisiana will hold a public hearing on issuing 15 air permits for Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics. The massive proposed complex would be one of the largest and most toxic plastic production facilities in the world.

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Federal Court Rules Formosa Plastics Is Liable for Plastic Pollution in Texas

June 28, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas— A federal judge in Texas on Thursday found Formosa Plastics liable for polluting Texas waterways with billions of plastic pellets from its plant in Point Comfort. The Taiwanese company is currently seeking permits to build an even larger plastic-making plant along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, La., a project strongly opposed by local residents and national conservation groups.

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California to Evaluate Curbing Oil, Gas Extraction

June 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday signed into law this year’s California budget, which includes the allocation of $1.5 million toward a study to “identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels.” The provision marks the first step the state has taken toward decreasing the state’s fossil fuel production.

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Trump Administration to Dredge San Francisco Bay to Make Room for More Oil

June 25, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay.

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Trump's EPA Finalizes Dirty Power Plan

June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency today released its final rule that scraps the Clean Power Plan and lets states decide whether, and how, to limit power-plant pollution.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Imperiled Ice Seals’ Arctic Habitat

June 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to designate critical habitat in Alaska for two ice-seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because climate change is melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Relying on New Permit Issued by President Trump

June 6, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a legal challenge to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, ruling the case was no longer active due to President Trump’s revocation of the permit at the center of the case. In March, Trump issued a new “presidential” permit for Keystone XL, in an effort to spur construction of the pipeline.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump EPA to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog

June 4, 2019

VENTURA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif.

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Court Urged to Reject Discrimination Against Arizona Rooftop-solar Customers

June 4, 2019

PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity today took legal action in a federal court to challenge an Arizona power-utility company’s discrimination against rooftop-solar customers.

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Rally to Oppose Dangerous Oil-industry Injections in Santa Maria Aquifers

June 3, 2019

SANTA MARIA, Calif.— Santa Barbara County residents and environmental advocates will rally Wednesday against a proposed aquifer exemption that could pollute groundwater and drastically expand oil drilling in the county. The rally will precede the state’s public meeting on the proposal.

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2019 Hurricane Predictions Spell Disaster for Coastal Communities, Wildlife

May 30, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on Saturday, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a total of nine to 15 named storms and as many as four major hurricanes.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral After 36 Percent Decline

May 29, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect cauliflower coral around the Hawaiian Islands. The bushy, shallow-water coral species has been devastated by ocean warming triggered by human-caused climate change.

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Disregarding Climate, Trump Administration Pushes to Re-open Public Lands to Coal Leasing

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today restarted an effort to reopen public lands to new federal coal leasing. In today’s action, the Interior Department responded to a court order overturning its illegal nixing of a nationwide coal leasing moratorium with a highly abbreviated environmental review.

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Rallies in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Oppose Trump's Oil-leasing Plan for California

May 20, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Environmental and community groups joined by elected officials will hold rallies this week to blast the Trump administration’s draft plan to open more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The rallies will precede each of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s public hearings in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

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Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 27 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California

May 17, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The closure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline after it ruptured four years ago has prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere. That’s roughly equivalent to operating two coal-fired power plants in California over the same period — or burning almost 30 billion pounds of coal.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development

May 16, 2019

BONANZA, Utah— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit says officials failed to protect several endangered species when they approved rights-of-way across public lands to provide utilities to the proposed oil shale development.

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Report: Trump Fracking Leases Top 1 Gigaton of Potential Climate Pollution in Lower 48

May 15, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new Center for Biological Diversity report shows that the Trump administration is dramatically ramping up oil and gas leases, offering nearly 5 million acres of public lands in the lower 48 states ― most of it in Wyoming and Utah. Those leases, offered as scientists warn that fossil fuels should be rapidly phased out, contain 1 gigaton of potential greenhouse gas pollution.

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Trump Finalizes Plan to Open 725,500 Acres of California's Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking

May 9, 2019

MARINA, Calif.— The Trump administration today finalized a plan to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan is an increase of nearly 327,000 acres from the draft proposal prepared under the Obama administration.

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Oregon Denies Key Permit for Proposed Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project

May 6, 2019

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today issued a resounding denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, which have faced fierce opposition from a grassroots coalition for more than a decade. The denial effectively stops the project from moving forward.

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