Did you know that every day, trains carrying 160,000 barrels of crude oil travel through Philadelphia for refining in South Philadelphia? This oil is especially unstable and flammable. Derailments of this same type of cargo have happened throughout North America, impacting lives, property, and the environment. In fact, you may remember the oil train derailment that occurred earlier this year in Philadelphia when a crude oil train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge. Philadelphia was spared from this harrowing ordeal after authorities righted the car after many days in the dangerous position. Will Philadelphia be so lucky the next time?
Last year, the Takoma Park, City Council passed the Safe Grow Act of 2013, which restricts the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides on both private and public property throughout the city. This landmark legislation stops involuntary poisoning and non-target contamination from pesticide drift that occurs as these toxic chemicals move off of the treated property, onto those of neighbors, public spaces, schools and more. The Montgomery County Council has proposed legislation to restrict cosmetic lawn pesticides, County Bill 52-14.
In October the Pennsylvania Legislature decided that big developers are more important than you and the health of our streams and rivers. Let them know what you think today.
The Legislature passed HB 1565 to undo the reasonable protections in place for Pennsylvania’s best streams and rivers.
Did your Senator and Representative vote for your interests or those of big developers? Find out and then hold them accountable if they decided to put our streams and rivers at risk.
Tell Gov. O’Malley that there are "Too Many ‘Fracking’ Unknowns to Drill”
The Marcellus Shale Commission, created by the Governor to learn more about what fracking means for Maryland communities and public health, is wrapping-up its work. After seeing a report from the University of Maryland (UMD), the decision seems pretty clear - “No Fracking in Maryland!” Make sure the Governor hears you loud and clear.
Take action to show you support the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) because it will protect our drinking water, estuaries, and economy.