Protecting the Climate
Climate change is today’s most pressing and important issue for the environment and for our communities. In some ways, all of the work we do relates to climate change, whether it is preserving forests as carbon sinks, protecting public access to shorelines that are eroding from stronger storms and sea level rise, or defending species whose critical habitat is shrinking. We take on cases that directly address both the sources and impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest.
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Washington Youth Climate Case Crag is representing the League of Women Voters of Washington in support of Washington youth who are challenging the state for its contributions to climate change. The Washington youth case was filed in 2018 and alleges the...
Lost Valley Megadairy Challenge Crag has filed a protest to water rights for Lost Valley Farm, a 30,000-head mega dairy near the Columbia River, on behalf of a coalition of water protection, public health, and animal welfare organizations. The facility is...
The Salish Sea Fights Back against Fossil Fuels On behalf of a large coalition of local groups, Crag is challenging the expansion of the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Washington. Tesoro wants to produce a new fossil fuel-based product called mixed xylenes. This...
The Port of St. Helens has proposed rezoning 837 acres of farm land for industrial use to allow fossil fuel export. We are fighting to maintain the beautiful landscape, agricultural heritage, and economic livelihood this unique farmland provides.
In 2015, 21 youth plaintiffs filed a lawsuit asserting that through the U.S. government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it is violating their constitutional rights. We are representing the Oregon & U.S. League of Women Voters of Oregon as friends of the court.
For nearly a decade, out-of-state energy speculators have attempted to construct a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline in Coos Bay, which would export fracked gas to Pacific countries. We are working to prevent this dangerous and environmentally-destructive project from being constructed.
We are representing two courageous youth from Eugene, Oregon – Ollie Chernaik and Kelsey Juliana – who are both concerned that the State of Oregon is actively contributing to the devastating effects of climate change. These two young people have bravely chosen to stand up for their generation.
In December 2016, the City of Portland took a major step against the expansion of dirty fossil fuels and toward climate justice by unanimously adopting citywide restrictions on bulk fossil fuel infrastructure. Ever since, the fossil fuel industry has attempted to undermine the law.