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Center for Biological Diversity Press Releases

January 9, 2013 – Appeals Court: Lower Court Wrongly Dismissed Claim Seeking Public Disclosure of BP Oil-spill Contaminants

December 13, 2011 – New Lease Sale Ignores BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster

July 6, 2011 Court Finds Fisheries Agency Violated Law, Must Take New Action to Protect Threatened Sea Turtles After Gulf Oil Spill

June 9, 2011 Government Approval of New Deepwater Oil Drilling Ignores Gulf Disaster

May 31, 2011 Lawsuit Launched to Protect Sea Turtles From Drowning in Shrimp Trawls

May 27, 2011 Feds Deny Endangered Species Act Protection for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

May 25, 2011 Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna

May 5, 2011 U.S. House of Representatives Approves Dangerous Measure Expanding Offshore Drilling

April 20, 2011 One Year After Gulf Disaster: Reforms Left Unaddressed, New Offshore Drilling Must Be Halted

April 18, 2011 Lawsuit Launched to Force EPA to Study Oil-dispersant Impacts on Endangered Wildlife

April 14, 2011 One Year After Gulf Oil Disaster, Significant Dangers Remain Unaddressed

April 12, 2011 A Year After Gulf Oil Spill, New Report Tallies Full Cost of Wildlife Disaster

February 10, 2011 – Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Whales From Gulf of Mexico Oil Exploration

January 11, 2011 – Oil Spill Commission Releases Safety Recommendations

December 15, 2010 – Federal Government Files Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against BP

October 23, 2010 – Lawsuit Seeks Renewed Moratorium on Deepwater Oil Drilling, Demands Environmental Review

October 20, 2010 – Six Months After Disastrous Gulf Oil Spill, Wildlife Still Suffering, Dangers of Offshore Drilling Ignored

October 18, 2010 – Study: Oil Spill Devastating for Bluefin Tuna Imperiled by Overfishing

October 12, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Lifting of Drilling Moratorium

October 6, 2010 – Reports Raise Troubling Concerns About Government's Response to Oil Spill

October 4, 2010 – Former BP Boss Tony Hayward Wins 2010 Rubber Dodo Award

September 15, 2010 – Order to Plug 3,500 Abandoned Wells Is a Good First Step in Cleaning up Mess of Offshore Operations in Gulf

September 16, 2010 – Tuna Imperiled by Overfishing, Oil Spill Clears First Hurdle to Endangered Species Act Protection

September 14, 2010 – Lawsuit Launched to Save Tuna Imperiled by Overfishing, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

September 8, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Statement on BP's Internal Report on Deepwater Horizon Disaster

September 3, 2010 – Offshore Wells Connected With Exploded Platform in Gulf of Mexico Approved Without Environmental Review

September 2, 2010 – Latest Gulf of Mexico Explosion Illustrates Dangers of Offshore Drilling Operations

September 2, 2010 – Latest Gulf of Mexico Explosion Again Illustrates Danger of Offshore Drilling, Urgent Need for Moratorium on All Operations

August 20, 2010 – Gulf of Mexico Still in Crisis Four Months After BP Explosion: Center for Biological Diversity Tour Finds Oiled Beaches, Water and Wildlife

August 16, 2010 – Offshore Oil Drilling Reforms Are Positive Step, But Big Questions Remain

August 10, 2010 – Court Decision Means Federal Cases Against BP Will Be Heard in Gulf Courtrooms

August 4, 2010 – Statement of Center for Biological Diversity's Executive Director Kierán Suckling on Government Estimates of Remaining Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

July 27, 2010 – Obama Cancels Offshore Oil Lease Sales in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

July 26, 2010 – Lawsuit Filed to Protect Gulf's Whales and Turtles

July 14, 2010 – Greater Protection Sought for Sea Turtles Imperiled by BP's Oil Spill

July 12, 2010 – Salazar's New Moratorium A Good Start For Protecting People, Environment But Ignores Ongoing Dangers of Shallow-water Drilling

July 12, 2010 – Lawsuit Seeks Release of Interior Secretary Salazar's Communications With Oil Industry About Drilling

July 2, 2010 – Agreement Reached in Gulf to Prevent Sea Turtle Burning Deaths

June 30, 2010 – Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Administration Accountable for Marine Mammal Harm in Gulf

June 30, 2010 – Restraining Order Sought to Stop BP From Burning Turtles

June 29, 2010 – Lawsuit Launched to Force BP and Coast Guard to Protect Turtles From Burning Alive

June 28, 2010 – More than 150,000 Call on BP and Federal Officials to Stop Burning Endangered Sea Turtles Alive

June 24, 2010 – Petition Filed to Increase Protection of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Devastated by Rushed Oil-drilling Permits

June 22, 2010 – Federal Judge Lifts Gulf of Mexico Oil Drilling Moratorium, Giving Green Light to More Risky Drilling

June 18, 2010 – Lawsuit Seeks $19 Billion in Clean Water Act Penalties From BPs

June 15, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Statement on President Obama's Oval Office Speech

June 14, 2010 – Babbitt Blasts Interior's MMS Reform Plan as Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

June 8, 2010 – Salazar Declares Shallow Water Drilling "Safe," Lifts Drilling Moratorium, Conceals Shallow Water Oil Spill Currently Fouling Gulf 

June 3, 2010 – Confusion Continues to Plague Interior Department Drilling Rules

June 3, 2010 – BP Faces Lawsuit for Polluting Gulf Waters: Citizen Suit Steps in to Hold BP Accountable

June 2, 2010 – Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Wildlife

May 31, 2010 Interior Formalizes Oil-drilling moratorium

May 27, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Response to President Obama's Gulf Disaster Speech

May 27, 2010 – Lawsuit Filed to Stop 49 Dangerous Gulf of Mexico Drilling Projects

May 27, 2010 – Interior to Suspend Shell Oil Drilling Permits in Alaska

May 26, 2010 – Controversial Salazar "Moratorium" on Gulf Drilling Was Only Verbal

May 25, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Response to Inspector General's Investigative Report on Minerals Management Service Corruption

May 24, 2010 – Endangered Status Sought for Bluefin Tuna

May 21, 2010 – Center Calls for Firing of MMS Alaska Director John Goll

May 19, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity Response to Secretary Salazar's Splitting of Minerals Management Service

May 18, 2010 – Lawsuit Filed to Stop Department of Interior From Continuing to Issue New Offshore Drilling Permits With No Environmental Review

May 14, 2010 – Lawsuit to Challenge Salazar's Wholesale Disregard of Marine Mammal Protection Laws in Gulf of Mexico

May 13, 2010 – Despite Court's Decision, Groups Vow to Continue to Fight Shell's Arctic Drilling

May 10, 2010 – Ignoring Gulf Catastrophe, Graham Calls for More Offshore Oil Drilling

May 7, 2010 – MMS approved 27 Gulf drilling operations after BP disaster

May 6, 2010 – Embattled Salazar announces three-week halt to new drilling permits

May 6, 2010 – Reeling from DOI oil spill controversy, Obama pulls back from offshore oil lease sale in the Atlantic

May 5, 2010 – Interior Department exempted BP Drilling from environmental review

May 5, 2010 – Lawsuit launched to protect polar bears from Interior Secretary Salazar's arctic offshore drilling plan

May 5, 2010 – Center announces challenge to AK drilling to save endangered species

May 4, 2010 – As Gulf of Mexico spill worsens, groups challenge Shell's air permits to drill in the Arctic

May 1, 2010 – Center for Biological Diversity calls for moratorium on offshore oil leasing, exploration and development


Deepwater Horizon Explosion courtesy U.S. Coast Guard