Center for Biological Diversity: Breaking: We Just Sued Trump to Save Polar Bears
Just minutes ago we sued Trump to stop one of the most dangerous fossil fuel projects ever proposed in the heart of the Arctic.
This lawsuit challenges Hilcorps’ Liberty project, a massive offshore drilling operation in federal waters where polar bears are already in a desperate struggle for survival. An oil spill in such remote and important wildlife habitat would be a nightmare.
We can’t fight this horrifying project without your support. Please give to the Endangered Species Act Protection Fund to save polar bears and their homes. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.
In October Trump granted Hilcorp, an oil and gas corporation with a nasty track record, permission to move forward on Alaska’s Liberty project. Just last year one of Hilcorp’s gas pipelines leaked into Alaska’s Cook Inlet for nearly four months, and earlier this month it was responsible for an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now it wants to build an artificial island and a 5.6-mile pipeline under Arctic waters.
Polar bears aren’t the only species threatened. Construction of this oil rig mega-complex and pipelines threatens a suite of Arctic marine mammals that live there, including bowhead whales, ringed seals and bearded seals.
It’s an incredibly risky proposal. An oil spill in Arctic waters would be impossible to clean up — the nearest Coast Guard station is 1,000 miles away.
No one has done more to protect polar bears and their Arctic home than the Center for Biological Diversity.
We won Endangered Species Act protection for polar bears in 2005, setting the stage for the fight of a lifetime to protect them from starving as sea ice melts around them. Then in 2010 we secured 120 million acres of the bears’ habitat, the largest tract of land and water ever set aside for wildlife through the Endangered Species Act.
Big Oil and the state of Alaska tried to reverse those protections last year, but we won again — when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their case, preserving the bears’ 120 million acres.
Today’s lawsuit is the next lifesaving step. We’re not about to let Trump and the oil industry drill away these bears’ homes.
The Center has already taken more than 100 legal actions against the Trump administration since he took office. And we’re winning. This year we stopped Trump from ramming through the Keystone XL pipeline and won a halt of all fracking off the California coast, and we’ll win again. This is urgent, vital work, and we need you with us.
For the wild,