Environmental Justice

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Trump Administration Dismantles Critical Water Protections

“Today the President said clearly and unequivocally that ensuring Americans have access to clean and safe water is not on his to-do list,” said Christopher Kilian, Director of CLF’s Clean Water and Healthy Forests program. “Repealing this critical protection not only defies the broad-based will of the American people, but it also places our region’s wetlands, streams and coastal estuaries at risk. New Englanders deserve better, and CLF stands ready to fight this catastrophic action at all costs.”

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CLF Takes Defense of Boston Waterfront to Court

“The Boston waterfront is a public treasure, an engine of tourism and a hub of economic growth, but it all collapses when we neglect our communal right to this resource,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “The public has invested well over fifteen billion dollars in the harbor cleanup and waterfront improvements and has a protected privilege to enjoy the benefits of these investments. By approving a luxury residential scheme that essentially privatizes a public resource, the Baker Administration is corrupting a longstanding process designed to protect public interest. The minute we prioritize individual development goals over the public good, we start down a slippery slope that could spell disaster for our communities and our harbor.”

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Citizen Action Turns the Tide on Massive Landfill Expansion in Southbridge
by Kirstie Pecci

On Monday night, more than 100 people from the south-central Massachusetts towns of Sturbridge, Charlton, and Southbridge turned out for an emergency meeting of the Sturbridge Board of Health. They came to express their anger to the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that the 19 home wells in the Sturbridge neighborhood…

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Why the Zero Waste Project? Protecting My Family and Yours.
by Kirstie Pecci

I can still remember the conversation vividly. It was February of 2008 and my brother was calling to beseech me to represent a group of citizens to oppose the expansion of the Southbridge Landfill. I have to admit, I was skeptical about his concerns. This was the brother with all the ideas I sometimes wish…

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Baker Administration Unlawfully Approves Mayor Walsh’s Betrayal of Public Trust

“The Baker Administration is now fully complicit in Mayor Walsh’s unlawful effort to enrich a favored developer using public resources,” said CLF President Bradley M. Campbell. “CLF will now turn to the courts to enforce well-established law and ask the Attorney General to fulfill her duty to protect the public trust. Meanwhile, the City’s unwillingness to stand up for the true stewards of our waterfront – the people of Massachusetts – will again delay needed improvements to this treasured public resource.”

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Gas Leaks Ordinance a Win-Win for Environment and Economy

“Every second, thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are polluting the air and endangering the health of communities throughout Massachusetts,” said CLF advocate Megan Herzog. “And to add insult to injury, the cost of that lost gas is passed on to consumers, with businesses and families footing the bill for leaky infrastructure. By prioritizing repairs on already-opened roads and promoting greater information transparency, this ordinance takes a meaningful step toward ensuring we can address the serious problem of gas leaks in a safe, logical, and economically beneficial way.”

News Clips
Trump’s State pick has a history with Mass. politicians

… In the first lawsuit of its kind, filed in September, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation contends Exxon Mobil has failed to prepare for rising sea levels and severe weather caused by climate change, potentially exposing the public to toxic breaches around its oil terminal on the Mystic River in Everett. While the lawsuit focuses…

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Trump taps Montana Congressman Zinke to lead Interior Department

… Many environmental groups oppose Zinke for his commitment to fossil fuels and his view that the science on climate change is “unsettled.” Bradley Campbell, the president of the Conservation Law Foundation feared that Zinke would be given the task of unravelling Obama’s protections of the environment and federal lands. Considering Zinke’s history on climate…