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Alaska village pulls out of lawsuit that stalled drilling

...exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea," said Jack Schaefer, the Native village president, in a letter to Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe, who has represented the village and other plaintiffs. Grafe said by email Wednesday he could not...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-25/alaska-village-pulls-out-lawsuit-stalle
State
Shell gets OK for Arctic drilling

...leases and greater potential impacts.Federal courts have twice ordered the environmental analysis to be revised.Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe, the lead attorney in the lawsuit, said Tuesday the environmental analysis remains flawed. The Interior...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-01/shell-gets-ok-arctic-drilling
State | AK legislature
Groups sue to protect walrus from drilling

...there could be more significant disturbances when walrus gather in an important feeding area, Hanna Shoal, said Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe, but promised to review the potential for harm in a forum that does not allow public comment. That's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-11/groups-sue-protect-walrus-drilling
State
Court agrees to review Roadless Rule

...Department of Agriculture had legitimate grounds in 2003 to temporarily exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule.Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo said by phone from Juneau that the decision was great news for residents of southeast Alaska."This...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-31/court-agrees-review-roadless-rule
State
Feds finish draft of Arctic drilling document

...Environmental groups, however, have asserted that the new document raises additional concerns over Arctic drilling.Earthjustice Attorney Eric Grafe said the new document shows a greater risk - 75 percent, compared to 40 percent in the prior document...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-10/feds-finish-draft-arctic-drilling-docum
State
Environmental groups sue over Big Thorne sale

...jobs per log cut on the Tongass, and are working to keep forestry dollars in our communities," Marvin said.Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo said in a news release that large projects like Big Thorne "compromises the environmental and economic...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-08-26/environmental-groups-sue-over-big-thorn
Local
Judges say Arctic offshore lease sale was flawed

...has the chance to do right by the Arctic and the planet by keeping oil drilling out of the Chukchi Sea," said Earthjustice attorney Eric Grafe, who represented the groups, in a prepared statement. "It makes no sense to open up the fragile...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-23/judges-say-arctic-offshore-lease-sale-w
State | AK legislature
EPA fines Shell $1.1M for Arctic air violations

...Shell exceed its overall allowable annual emissions for the operating season," he said.Colin O'Brien, an Earthjustice attorney in Anchorage who unsuccessfully tried to keep Shell from obtaining Clear Air Act permits, said the fines are...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-06/epa-fines-shell-11m-arctic-air-violatio
State
Critics say fines show Shell not ready for Arctic

...Arctic drilling, companies like Shell will continue to foul the Arctic air and water."Colin O'Brien, an Earthjustice attorney who sued EPA over Shell air permits, said Shell violated limits in its original permit and a more lenient temporary...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-08/critics-say-fines-show-shell-not-ready-
State
Forest Service downsizes 1,477-acre Tongass sale

...also reduced the contract period for the Tongass National Forest timber sale from 10 to five years. The Juneau Earthjustice attorney who led the case hailed the proposed legal settlement as a victory and said she hopes it sets a precedent for...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071504/sta_tongass.shtml
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