Environmental Law

Environmental Law Program

Environmental Law Program

The Environmental Law Program uses strategic legal campaigns to fight climate change, to protect clean air, water and wilderness, and to promote justice for communities threatened by pollution.


In the past year alone, we launched more than 200 legal actions to challenge the fossil fuel industry's destructive effects on our air, water, and climate.

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Our team of top-notch attorneys and legal staff leverages all of the Club's tools of democracy, integrating legal advocacy with grassroots organizing, sophisticated communications, a state-of-the-art digital strategies team, and administrative lobbying.

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We are a team of professional attorneys and staff who combine sophisticated legal tactics with a commitment to social and environmental justice at the grassroots level. We pair litigation with effective community organizing and strong local communications to build genuine, informed support from community members and government officials, making courtroom victories sustainable over the long term.

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August 11, 2023

Conservation groups sued the federal government today for approving exports from the Alaska LNG Project, which would transport gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Asia. The lawsuit challenges the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) export approval for…

August 8, 2023

PHOENIX, AZ – In a blow to Tucson Electric Power (TEP) ratepayers, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), Arizona’s public utilities commission, today voted to approve TEP’s rate increase proposal which will raise residential ratepayers’ bills by…

July 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three groups filed suit today in United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision to cancel its plans to phase out lead ammunition at one of the nation’s…

July 25, 2023

Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) closed the comment period for the docket following the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request for a three-year extension to complete the Southgate project that would extend the mainline into…

July 11, 2023

Today, groups filed two federal lawsuits challenging the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve two liquified gas (LNG) export terminals, Texas LNG, Rio Grande LNG, and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline.

10M+

acres of wilderness protected

200+

lawsuits filed to resist Trump

1K+

miles of dirty fuel pipelines blocked

372

coal plants retired