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Giulia C.S. Good Stefani, Attorney, Marine Mammal and Southern California Ecosystems Projects, Santa Monica

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
As an attorney for NRDC, I work to protect marine mammals and Southern California’s wildlife, wild places, and communities burdened by environmental injustice. I grew up on a small farm in Vermont. It was idyllic but cold, and in the winter, we'd motor down to the Florida Keys. My three sisters and I camped in the mangroves, collected swim-with-the-dolphins flyers, and dreamed of a cetacean encounter. After getting my bachelors in biology at Dartmouth College, I came out West and discovered that I could swim with wild dolphins in the Pacific. I got my J.D. from Yale Law School. I clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Paez and District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson. Today, I live in a tiny home in the Santa Monica Mountains with my tiny dog. If you can’t get a hold of me, check the surf.

Recent Posts

San Benito County's Bright & Fracking-Free Future

Posted April 8, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Hooray! Today we raise a glass -- of fresh drinking water -- in cheer to celebrate San Benito County's victory. Citadel Exploration has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging this central California County's ban on fracking and other high-intensity petroleum operations. It's...continued

Endangered Species Status Can't Come Soon Enough for Gulf of Mexico Bryde's Whale

Posted April 6, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The Gulf of Mexico's only resident great whale is one step closer to endangered species protection. We petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) back in September to add the Bryde's (pronounced BROO-dus) whale to the federal endangered species list....continued

California Counties Must Not Wait for Illusory State Protections from Fracking

Posted April 1, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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In a disappointing 3-2 vote, on Tuesday, March 17, the Board of Supervisors in Monterey County, California found that there was insufficient evidence of urgency to warrant a countywide moratorium on fracking. At a public hearing before the vote, at...continued

Over 100 Pages Long: The List of Problems with California's Draft Environmental Report on Fracking

Posted March 26, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) recently released a draft of its environmental impact report on fracking and other well stimulation--and it comes up shockingly short on various fronts. We reviewed that draft with our partners at...continued

Gregory Canyon Landfill: At $815 million, isn't it time to dump the dump?

Posted June 30, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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(Photo credit: NRDC) We regularly applaud folks for holding on and hanging in there. But sometimes, the real vision, wisdom, and courage are in knowing when to let go and give up. For the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill, the...continued

Bumble Bees in Peril

Posted May 13, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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NRDC along with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed suit today on behalf of the rusty patched bumble bee.  Over a year ago, Xerces Society petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior to add...continued

Monterey Recommends Countywide Moratorium on Fracking

Posted May 1, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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As California lawmakers consider legislation for a statewide moratorium, the Monterey Planning Commission took a bold step forward yesterday to protect its residents from the myriad risks fracking poses. The Planning Commission, in a 7-0 vote, passed a resolution supporting...continued

Thousands Turn Out to Sacramento Fracking Rally

Posted March 18, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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On Saturday, March 15th, I drove up to the State Capitol building in Sacramento to join the largest gathering of people protesting fracking in California history. The rally wasn’t hard to find. I just followed the flow of people proudly carrying signs.  The Capitol...continued

An Alternative to Fracking & California's Drought Emergency

Posted January 17, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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California is home to the popular-for-rafting Kern River, Big Sur sunsets, the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard, some of the world’s most important blue whale foraging habitat, strawberry valleys, rolling farms, cowboy towns, and big bustling cities.  All of this is...continued

Bottlenose Dolphins Oiled By Deepwater Horizon Spill are Sick and Dying

Posted December 19, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are sick and dying, Captain Lori DeAngelis—who is more commonly known as the Dolphin Queen by the folks in Orange Beach, Alabama—told me last Christmas.  She was right.  Today, we finally have more...continued

Save Our Wild Bumble Bees

Posted October 29, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Today, we’re asking the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to protect our native bumble bee pollinators.  Western bumble bee (B. occidentalis) Credit: Richard Hatfield, The Xerces Society Over the last twenty years, there...continued

Flood of Support for L.A. River

Posted October 21, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Last Thursday night, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public hearing to discuss the fate of the Los Angeles River.  Over two hundred Angelenos, Mayor Eric Garcetti, several state and local public officials, and representatives from a...continued

Fracking at Fault

Posted October 10, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The controversial oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has ignited concerns nationwide about the serious risks it poses to public health and our environment.  Here in California, a largely unfettered oil industry is poised to poach the oil-rich Monterey Shale formation, putting communities at risk...continued

This Weekend, Help Envision a Sustainable Little Tokyo in Los Angeles

Posted September 26, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Guest blog by SoCal Ecosystems Program Assistant Lauren Packard: The Little Tokyo Community Council is spearheading a plan for future development around Metro's proposed Regional Connector that grows the neighborhood economy, respects the area's history and culture, and promotes environmental sustainability--and...continued

Los Angeles Demands Protections from Fracking

Posted September 6, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The City of Los Angeles spoke out loudly this week in support of currently pending state Senate Bill 4  (Pavley).  The Los Angeles City Council found that oil and gas companies engaged in fracking have enjoyed broad exemptions from environmental...continued


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