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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

STUDY: Oil Industry Triggers California Earthquakes

Posted February 5, 2016 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The oil industry must now admit that its actions could cause earthquakes in California. A study published by the American Geophysical Union this week found that a swarm of earthquakes that occurred in Kern County in 2005 was almost certainly...continued

Why These Orcas Love Idaho

Posted February 1, 2016 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The key to saving Southern Resident killer whales may lie nearly 1,000 miles from Puget Sound in the wilderness of central Idaho. A recent study led my Michael Ford, Director of the Conservation Biology Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science...continued

Atlantic Seismic Risks Senseless Harm

Posted December 29, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Don't be fooled. Ships crisscrossing the Atlantic--blasting our ocean with seismic airgun explosions for months on end in order to map oil and gas reserves under the seafloor--will harm marine life and open the doors to offshore drilling. Yesterday, an...continued

Planning for Salmon and Orcas in the Pacific Northwest Power Plan

Posted December 23, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The Pacific Northwest Power and Conservation Council is finalizing its 7thPower Plan. In many ways, the region has become a model of power planning, and NRDC strongly supports the draft Plan's findings and recommendations on energy efficiency. The Pacific Northwest's...continued

Belize Bans Offshore Seismic, Sends Message to the U.S. Atlantic

Posted December 16, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Earlier this month Belize declared an official ban on oil exploration and drilling in areas along the Belize Barrier Reef System and in seven World Heritage Sites. Hooray! Caye Caulker located in the world heritage Belize Barrier Reef. Credit: F....continued

Members of Congress Call for Halt of Seismic Airguns in the Atlantic

Posted December 10, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Thirty-one members of the House of Representatives, led by Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), sent a letter today requesting a halt to seismic airgun exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. The letter asks for updated environmental review that takes...continued

Kern County's Fast Track Oil Ordinance Illegally Puts Health of Residents at Risk

Posted December 10, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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It's no secret that Kern County and Big Oil have been friendly for a while. Kern is the biggest oil producing county in the country. But the County went too far when it passed an ordinance - sponsored by the...continued

Orca Lost: Remembering Rhapsody

Posted December 4, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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A year ago today, off the shores of British Columbia, a pregnant orca whale washed up dead. We don't know exactly what killed her, but we do know that Rhapsody was starving. The Southern Resident killer whales are celebrities...continued

Kern County Approves Fast Track for Oil and Gas

Posted November 13, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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By unanimous vote, on Monday night the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a dangerous new zoning law that would make approval--of roughly the next 70,000 applications to drill for oil--automatic. The law is designed to give the oil industry...continued

Kern County Oil and Gas Review Greenlights Decades of Harm

Posted September 15, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Last week, the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department took comments on a draft environmental impact report (DEIR), as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in order to identify impacts of future oil development in the County....continued

Southern Resident Orcas Too Magnificent to Lose

Posted September 2, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The Southern Resident orcas are dying. NOAA identified them on a short list of species most likely to go extinct unless we take drastic action. Losing the Southern Resident orcas forever would be unforgivable. Because it is not too late...continued

California's Final Fracking EIR Leaves Communities to Protect Themselves

Posted July 2, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Yesterday, the new head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of statewide oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in...continued

Sluggish Response to Santa Barbara Oil Spill Rings Alarm Bells for the Arctic

Posted May 21, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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An oil pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County ruptured Tuesday morning, spewing about 105,000 gallons of oil onto the coast and into the Pacific Ocean. The spill was discovered by locals. By the time the Coast Guard...continued

Drill in the Arctic? Shell No

Posted May 19, 2015 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. plans to drill in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea this summer, and we plan to stop them. This weekend, while hundreds of Seattle activists were peacefully protesting in their kayaks, we were finalizing our court papers....continued

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

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