Courtroom Roundup: The Wins and Fights of the Week
When a special-interest group financed by the Koch brothers attacked the heart of the Endangered Species Act, trying to strike down protections for intrastate species — which amount to 70% of species covered by the Act — we fought back, and this week we won our case.
We also filed a lawsuit challenging the delay in protecting a population of rare Nevada fish, the relict dace, which faces extinction due to a proposed gold-mine expansion. Our other new lawsuit this week challenges federal approval of Oregon's Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project, which threatens water, habitat, the local economy, human health and climate.
And we just won two victories against the Trump administration. Sparing vital protected wetlands, a judge struck down a federal plan to trade away land in the heart of Alaska's pristine Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to build a road. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld an order blocking the Army Corps permit that pipeline projects like Keystone XL use to cross waterways. This decision protects habitat that people and imperiled species rely on while a full appeal of the order moves forward.
Learn more about these legal actions and all our recent work.