Pettit, David


David is a UCLA Law grad and a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, CA. David is the lead attorney for NRDC in the current litigation over California’s low carbon fuel standard.

New Lawsuit Fights Oil Spill Amnesia

By David Pettit
Natural Resources Defense Council

Today’s post is co-authored with my colleague Jamie Friedland. If we don’t learn from our catastrophic oil spills, we are doomed to repeat them. That’s why on Monday, NRDC and a coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit pressing the Obama administration to learn from the mistakes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The suit challenges Lease Sale 216/222, a new round of offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, planned by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

This lease sale is in the Mississippi Canyon, ground zero for Deepwater Horizon. You’d think the oil spill would’ve been on their minds, but the environmental impact statement for the sale boldly ignored the spill’s catastrophic effects on wildlife. Instead, it relied on incomplete information from before the BP spill, in clear violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   

Investing in Clean Fuels Benefits Everyone

By David Pettit
Natural Resources Defense Council
 
The process to implement California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard has had an interesting month. In mid-December we achieved a great victory when California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously agreed to move forward with implementation of the low emission fuel standard. However, a couple weeks after the December 15th vote, a legal ruling was issued that might delay that progress. Following is an explanation of the LCFS and what the ruling means for the program’s future.
 
What is LCFS?