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NEW Report: Oil Industry waste disposal into unlined pits threatens California's water and air

In the Pits - Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal into Open Unlined Pits and the Threat to California’s Water and AirClean Water Action has released a new report exposing the threats to air and water from oil wastewater disposal into open-air and unlined pits. Across the Central Valley of California, already the home of severe water shortages, degraded groundwater and the worst air quality in the country, Big Oil is dumping wastewater containing a mixture of harmful chemicals, including volatile organic compounds and heavy metals, into unlined and open-air pits. These pits are designed both to percolate the toxic wastewater into the ground and evaporate it into the air. California water and air regulators have allowed this form of waste disposal despite the fact that they are aware that many of these operations have inadequate and severely out of date permits, and that some are creating huge underground plumes of wastewater that threaten nearby drinking and irrigation water.

Clean Water Wins on Election Day!

Election day was pretty good for clean water and a healthy environment in Maryland.

Although our endorsed candidate for Governor, Anthony Brown, did not come out on top, Clean Water helped elect environmental champion, Brian Frosh the new Attorney General, and 60 of the 70 Clean Water endorsed candidates won their races.

5 Simple Things that Governor Tom Wolf can do for Pennsylvania’s Environment

In the last four years, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania House and Senate have made repeated attacks on environmental protection and sought to maximize the profits of the gas, oil and coal industries at the expense of Pennsylvania’s health and safety.

Your Vote is Your Voice - General Elections Endorsements in New Hampshire

Clean Water Action has endorsed Jeanne Shaheen for re-election to the US Senate and Annie Kuster for re-election to the US House of Representatives.

All three have 100% pro environment voting records on Clean Water Action’s recent legislative Scorecard.  Sen. Shaheen in particular has been a leader in pushing for more efficient use of energy to fight climate change, spearheading a bi-partisan bill to promote energy efficiency.

Colorado Currents - Fall 2014

Colorado Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force Gets Underway

In August, Governor Hickenlooper announced the creation of the state commissioned Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force. The Task force is charged with making policy recommendations focused on state and local regulations of oil and gas operations. The task force is comprised of an equal number of representatives from affected communities, the environmental community, civic organizations, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry. The task force will make its policy recommendations in late February 2015.

The creation of the task force was the result of a compromise between two ballot initiative campaigns proposing both pro- and anti-oil and gas amendments to the Colorado constitution. Rep. Jared Polis was backing two of these initiatives. One would have given local governments more control over oil and gas development within their borders. The second initiative would have mandated a 2,000 foot setback rule — keeping drill sites at least 2,000 feet from homes. Additionally, the oil and gas industry was offering two ballot initiatives that would have taken local control away from municipalities and blocked communities attempting to regulate oil and gas operations from receiving oil and gas tax revenues. Read more 

Michigan Currents - Fall 2014

Michigan Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

On the Environment: Snyder Fails

Clean Water Action’s scorecard for Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term highlights his failure to safeguard Michigan’s environment. “As someone who just wants to have their water and drink it too,” says Clean Water Action’s Denny Green, “the Governor couldn’t have done much worse on the environment if he’d tried.”

Gov. Snyder received a failing grade based on actions he took (or failed to take) on fourteen different bills, coming up on the wrong side twelve times. “This subpar performance, nearly a 90% rate of failure, is shameful for the governor of a state literally defined by its Great Lakes,” Green says. Read more

2013 - 2014 Pennslyvania Environmental Scorecard

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter released the joint Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard in October 2014.

This report scores all state legislators on key environmental votes cast during the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session and whether those votes supported protection of the public and the environment.

Click here to view or download the scorecard.

PA Groups Release Scorecard on State Legislators’ Environmental Votes

State Legislators Receive Scores on Votes Affecting Climate Change, Enforcement of Environmental Protection Laws and Giveaways to Gas Drillers


(Harrisburg) – Three leading citizen-based environmental organizations released today the joint Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard, which scores state legislators on key environmental votes cast during the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session.

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club graded lawmakers in the state House of Representatives and state Senate on whether their votes on important legislation supported protection of the public and the environment.
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10/16/2014 - 07:01

Clean Water Action Announces 2014 General Election Endorsements in RI

Providence — Clean Water Action is proud to announce our list of endorsed candidates for the 2014 General Election on November 4.

“Rhode Island voters have a real opportunity to support environmental candidates this year,” said Meg Kerr, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action. “Our state needs more leaders who will take action to promote clean renewable energy, create green jobs, protect our drinking water supply, and fund public transportation. These candidates have earned Clean Water Action’s endorsement by demonstrating their commitment to protecting our environment.”

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Published On: 
09/25/2014 - 12:28

Congressional Endorsements - Virginia

Opportunity for Clean Water Voters in Northern Virginia

Clean Water Action has endorsed John Foust in his bid for Northern Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat vacancy, created by Rep. Frank Wolf’s retirement.

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