Environmental Justice

Press Releases
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.”

Press Releases
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…

Conservation Matters Articles
Community Voices: A Message to ExxonMobil

Roseann Bongiovanni is a lifelong Chelsea resident who has led significant environmental justice campaigns for more than 21 years. She is the Executive Director of GreenRoots, Inc., an organization dedicated to achieving environmental and climate justice for Chelsea. Growing up in Chelsea and neighboring Everett, many in our community, myself included, never realized we were…

Conservation Matters Articles
Web of Deceit
by Laurie O'Reilly

Holding ExxonMobil Accountable for Its Decades of Climate Denial On January 9, 2006, residents of the Mystic River communities of Chelsea and Everett awoke to find the foul odor of diesel hanging in the air and the river covered in a blue-green sheen. Clearly, one of the local industries that dominate the shores of the…

Press Releases
Local Residents Call on ExxonMobil to Release Climate Preparedness Plan

“A company that literally rakes in billions in profits each month should not be allowed to transfer the risks and costs associated with an oil spill to people living in the surrounding area,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “We filed suit against ExxonMobil to ensure that such a disaster doesn’t happen for what would be the second time in the company’s history at this location.”

Press Releases
Exxon Shows True Colors in Response to Mystic River Suit

“In a move straight from ExxonMobil’s standard playbook, the corporation has again chosen a smoke-and-mirrors approach to distract from the truth,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “ExxonMobil’s express indifference to the Mystic River and the communities that line its banks rehearses the corporation’s longstanding culture of disregard for public safety, from Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Boston Harbor. That their lead counsel also authored the Big Tobacco deceit on cancer and cigarettes makes the outrage of ExxonMobil’s response even starker.”