Archive for the 'Protecting America’s Waters' Category

Dirty Water Politics in the Senate

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – Follow Michael on Twitter (@MichaelEdKelly)

Two things: The drinking water for 1 in 3 of us is at risk of pollution and destruction. EPA wants to fix that and has proposed a strong, commonsense rule to protect clean water.

Two more things: Polluters hate EPA’s Clean Water Rule. And certain members of Congress are doing everything they can to help polluters stop the rule.

Which brings us to this week’s Pollute-A-Rama. This week the House and Senate are voting on their 2016 budget resolutions – the blueprints they’ll use when writing spending bills later in the year – at the end of the week. Before the vote is final there will be dozens upon dozens of amendments. And, with the GOP in charge, most of those amendments weaken commonsense protections for our water, air, and communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to Spring!

By Chris Bathurst, National Canvass Director

It is light longer. Temperatures are climbing and birds are migrating. You are probably excited about the prospects of spring, followed closely by summer (especially if you live anywhere in the northeast).

Your friendly door to door Clean Water Action organizer is also welcoming the change of season. We are very proud of our field staff for their intrepid work throughout this entire challenging winter – save for say our California and Texas team of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Plastic Out of the Chesapeake Bay

Plastics in WaterWill Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer, (@TrillChillWill on Twitter)

Last winter, environmental advocates trawled the Chesapeake Bay for trash and made some disturbing discoveries.

The Bay is plagued with plastic.

Bags are littered across the Bay floor, wreaking havoc on natural ecosystems for crabs and oysters alike. Similarly, plastic microbeads are being found in fish and marine mammals. Read the rest of this entry »

More Attacks on Our Water

By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO – Follow Bob on Twitter (@BWendelgass)

If you were following the news stories about the appearances by the Republican Presidential candidates in Iowa over the weekend, you saw a number of new attacks on EPA’s proposal to restore protection for small streams under the Clean Water Act. The attacks weren’t a surprise, but they were disappointing and wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Working Together for Change

By Paula W, Pittsburgh Phone Organizer

Working as a political canvasser can be frustrating. Especially when certain politicians seem more intent on digging in, maintaining the status quo, and working for a very small set of special interests. But we can change that – when we partner together.

Most of us who work to protect our environment care deeply about the issues we are working on. It’s certainly not the money that is the payoff – it’s the people. Working at Clean Water affirms the importance of a shared belief or vision: creating a better environment for all of us. I may never get to meet some of our members in places like Rhode Island, but knowing that, with their support, we can impact millions is huge. It is so motivational for my co-workers and myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Oil and Gas Industry Influence: It’s not just the Drinking Water Study!

By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny)

Today Inside Climate News and Desmogblog published unsettling details on the oversized influence of the natural gas industry over EPA’s long awaited Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. Thousands of documents made possible by a Greenpeace Freedom of Information Act request detail just how lopsided the relationship was between companies, namely Chesapeake Energy and Range Resources and the EPA – specifically when trying to reach an agreement on potential prospective cases studies. The idea behind prospective case studies was for EPA to monitor the operations of a natural gas well from beginning to end, including baseline water quality samples before drilling began. This type of case study seems like a critical and non-controversial aspect of any study designed to identify potential impacts to drinking water from fracking operations. That was not that case. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Right Side of History with a Commonsense Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

By John Noel, National Oil and Gas Campaign Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny)

Today we are thrilled to hear the President vetoed S.1, a bill which would approve the Keystone Pipeline and put millions at risk of groundwater contamination while significantly increasing carbon pollution from the dirtiest oil on the planet.

The risk of spills from the pipeline are  put squarely on the backs of landowners, farmers and Native American communities in the pipelines path, while the benefits of the project are concentrated to a few in the fossil fuel industry. Clean Water Action applauds this great news and commends the prolonged grassroots movement that led the call to deny the pipeline and instead chart a course for a truly clean energy future.

California’s Oil and Gas Injection Mess

By Andrew Grinberg, California Oil and Gas Program Manager – Follow Andrew on Twitter (@AndrewBGrinberg)

AG Blog post imageThis is one of the most outrageous things we’ve heard in a long time. As California faces one of the worst droughts in recorded history, State officials have disclosed that California has allowed the injection of oil and gas wastewater and other contaminated fluids into aquifers that are suitable to be used as drinking water. Oil and gas wastewater is nasty stuff, high in salinity, toxic chemicals and sometimes containing radioactive material. New data just revealed that the wastewater from fracking in California contains cancer-causing benzene and other toxic chemicals hundreds of times the legal limit for drinking water.

The last thing we want is for these chemicals to end up in our drinking water, but as of now oil companies are continuing to inject even more waste into the aquifers. Outrageously, the state agency in charge of overseeing these operations (the Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources or “DOGGR”), has continued to allow these waste injection activities, despite identifying more than 2,000 wells that are actively injecting into federally protected sources of drinking water. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Needs Clean Water – Testimony at Wednesday’s Bicameral Hearing

By Sara Lu, Colorado Director – Follow our Colorado Team on Twitter (@CleanWaterCO1)

Wednesday, the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a joint Congressional hearing on EPA’s proposal to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands. I was proud to hear Clear Creek County Commissioner Tim Mauck make a compelling case for this overdue proposal to protect clean water. Tim pushed back on many of the myths opponents of this common sense rule have trotted out since it was proposed in March 2014.

Commissioner Mauck, a second-term member of the Clear Creek County Commission in Colorado gave persuasive testimony about the importance of healthy streams and wetlands to Colorado, our businesses and our natural resources.  Protecting these vital water bodies has been a priority for Clean Water Action for over decade. Thank you Tim for your powerful testimony!

You can read Tim’s statement here and learn more about yesterday’s hearing and our campaign to protect all of our water here.

New Standards Will Protect the Most Vulnerable

Rosanna Esparza, Kern County Oil and Gas Program Organizer

Oil and Gas Operations

Oil and Gas Operations

The majority of Californians live in counties with unhealthy air. But nowhere is the air unhealthier than in the San Joaquin Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley has never met the federal health standards for smog. Never. In fact, Valley residents face some of the worst smog pollution in the country. If you live in Kern County, home of the largest oil fields in California, the air you breathe may put your health at risk. Residents face a host of pollutants and toxic chemicals from the oil & gas industry, smog-forming emissions from fuels, vehicles, machinery and engines.

How bad is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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