Rising Issues #25

Read our April newsletter with stories about preventing transmission lines, a win for public lands
near Mount St. Helens, a final settlement for improving Washington waters, and more.

Protecting Indiana Dunes

An Indiana Federal District Court Court granted Earthrise’s motion and accepted our amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief, filed on behalf of National Parks Conservation Association, which urges the Court to reject a consent decree between the government and U.S. Steel until it was strengthened to account for past and future natural resource damages to the Park and contained a sufficient penalty to deter U.S. Steel from future Clean Water Act violations. In doing so, the judge stated allowing the brief would “provide a unique, helpful perspective for the Court to consider” when deciding whether or not to accept the decree.

Earthrise Files Lawsuit to Save Māui Dolphins

On May 21, 2020, Earthrise, and their co-counsel Sea Shepherd Legal, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sea Shepherd New Zealand and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society challenging the U.S. government’s failure to protect New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin.