Giving Georgia's Environment its Day in Court
May 2014

Sips for the Spit
Friday, June 6
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Lagoon Lounge
624 Palmetto St.
St. Simons Island, GA


Fundraiser to Benefit
GreenLaw's
Legal Efforts
to Stop Overdevelopment
of Georgia's Coastal
Marshes

$500 Sponsor: 
4 tickets to event + evening boat tour of Gould's Inlet with a
naturalist

$250 Sponsor:
2 tickets to event + morning bird walk along Gould's Inlet with ornithologist

Tickets to event 
$40/each 
($50 at door)

 
 
GreenLaw to Co-Host Annual Public Interest Summer Law Clerk
Happy Hour
Thursday, June 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Park Tavern
FREE!
Co-Sponsors*
American Constitution Society
Atlanta Bar Assoc. Public
Interest Committee
Atlanta Legal Aid
Georgia Justice Project
GA Legal Services
Gideon's Promise
GreenLaw
Southern Center for
Human Rights
Southern Environmental Law Center
*List in Formation

 


Greetings!

EnvirHeroes_logo GreenLaw is happy to announce our Environmental Heroes honorees for 2014:  Galloway & Lyndall, LLC - Ogden Doremus Award for excellence in environmental law, April Ingle - Environmental Hero, and Tally Sweat - Lifetime Achievement.  We hope you will join us on October 7, 2014 from 6-9 pm on the rooftop terrace of Nelson Mullins as we celebrate these champions of the environment. Sign up for sponsorship today.
  
GreenLaw is working to protect long leaf pine tracts, as well as habitat for the endangered indigo blue snake and gopher tortoise.
 
The proposed Sabal Trail pipeline would carry natural gas from Alabama to Florida - with 196 miles of that cutting through Southwest Georgia.
 
On April 21, 2014, GreenLaw filed scoping comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on behalf of environmental groups arguing that the proposed pipeline route gives little consideration for private property rights, fragments critical forest and wet lands, and creates a risk of pipeline rupture and catastrophic explosion.  To read the scoping comments, Click Here
GA PSC Approves Wind Energy Contracts
 
windEnergyBoyDog On May 20, members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to approve contracts to bring clean, affordable wind power to Georgia Power customers. Starting in 2016, the two contracts will import 250 megawatts of wind power from Oklahoma, enough to power more than 50,000 Georgia homes. GreenLaw, on behalf of the Sierra Club, intervened in the proceeding where Georgia Power asked the PSC for approval of these contracts.  Read More
Earth Day 'Present' Threatens to Destroy State's Fragile Coastal Marshes  

Photo by James Holland
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division gave an ironic present to the Earth on Earth Day (April 22) by announcing that it will no longer protect hundreds of miles and thousands of acres of invaluable salt marsh along Georgia's coast.

 

Despite having a relatively small coastline, Georgia's 300,000 acres of salt marsh comprise one-third of all remaining salt marsh on the entire East Coast. At least 70 percent of all commercially harvested fish are dependent on the marsh. Georgia's salt marsh is a $6 billion economic engine through tourism, fishing, recreation and protection of property from storm damage. Georgia's saltwater marsh is, quite simply, the envy of the world - or has been until now. And once the marsh is lost, it will be lost forever.

 

This is an abbreviated version of the article by GreenLaw Coastal and Land Use Attorney, Steve Caley, that originally appeared SaportaReport.com.  Please click below to read the full article.

   
Best regards,
 
The GreenLaw Team

 
 GreenLaw is a Georgia-based nonprofit law firm serving environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution.  Since 1992, GreenLaw has achieved these goals by providing free, high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout.