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Josh Block, Press Secretary
Conservation Law Foundation
Office: 617.850.1709

CLF has experts available throughout New England on a variety of local, regional and national issues, including climate change, clean water, environmental justice, ocean conversation and renewable energy. For more information, see our list of experts and contact Josh Block.

CLF Press Releases and News Clips

News Clips Liisa Rajala, New Hampshire Business Review
Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as development tool

“For any project that comes up now, the ocean plan will guide the consideration of that project and in very specific ways,” said Priscilla Brooks, vice president and director of ocean conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation, who participated in stakeholder meetings. “It will guide [the project] in terms of agencies using this new Northeast…

Press Releases
Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

Press Releases
Burrillville Power Plant Application Suspended

“Invenergy’s proposal to build a costly plant that will burn dangerous fossil fuels continues to hit one road block after another, and for good reason: the facts are stacked against them,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “The legal deadline for Invenergy to submit a complete application has long passed, yet crucial elements concerning the plant’s ecological and environmental impacts remain missing. Merely suspending the docket at this point falls one step short – it’s time for the Board to close the docket once and for all.”

Press Releases
New Hampshire Pulls Plug on Risky Pipeline Scheme

“One report after another continues to conclude that building more natural gas infrastructure is a bad deal for our economy and our environment, and doing so on the backs of hardworking businesses and families just adds insult to injury,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Today, the PUC recognized the irresponsibility and illegality of such a scheme by plainly rejecting this proposal. This important decision is another nail in the coffin for a risky pipeline that we don’t need, we don’t want, and we can’t afford.”

Press Releases
Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Invests $5 Million in Transit Oriented Development

CLF president Bradley Campbell said, “Today, we saw the completion of a project three years in the making — a project that has transformed vacant property into a true center of housing and commerce. From good jobs, to new pedestrian walkways, to better access to public transit and more, this development will electrify the neighborhood and provide a perceptible spark to Braintree’s economy and community.”

News Clips Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal
R.I. regulators put pipeline expansion on hold

The Conservation Law Foundation and other objectors welcomed the Rhode Island decision. “The Commission’s decision to delay this proceeding is a step toward the inevitable death of the pipeline tax. Forcing Rhode Island electric customers to foot the bill for a gas pipeline we don’t need defies our best interest and our laws,” Megan Herzog,…

News Clips Jeff McMenemy, Porstmouth Herald
Portsmouth’s deal with EPA on sewer plant approved

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro approved the deal, which includes the state of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Justice and the Conservation Law Foundation, on Thursday…   …Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said the group is “pleased that both in his order and in comments from the bench that…

News Clips Dino Grandoni, BuzzFeed News
ExxonMobil Should Have Considered Climate Change Before Polluting River In Boston, Lawsuit Claims

On Thursday, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation filed a lawsuit against the largest oil and gas company in the US for leaking pollutants into the Island End and Mystic Rivers in and around Boston…   …The Conservation Law Foundation is now trying a new tack, arguing that the company should have known that the rivers’…

Press Releases
CLF Files First-in-Nation Lawsuit Over ExxonMobil Climate Cover-Up

“For more than three decades, ExxonMobil has devoted its resources to deceiving the public about climate science while using its knowledge about climate change to advance its business operations,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Communities were put in danger and remain in danger, all to cut costs for one of the most profitable corporations in the world. It’s time to make Exxon answer for decades of false statements to the public and to regulators and ensure that its Everett facility meets its legal obligation to protect thousands of people and the Boston Harbor estuary from toxic water pollution.”

News Clips Travis Andersen, Boston Globe
Obama grants federal protection to section of Atlantic

Environmental advocates, however, lauded the president’s action. “From valleys deeper than the Grand Canyon, to peaks as high as Mount Washington, to the hundreds of diverse and endangered species that call this place home, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts is the embodiment of a treasure worthy of such permanent protection,” Bradley Campbell of the Conservation…

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