Hit ‘em where it hurts…The Bottom Dollar

Since Energy Answer's entrance into Baltimore in 2008, we have been organizing with numerous groups like Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Sierra Club, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), Community Research, Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and others in order to fight the proposed Energy Answers Incinerator. Especially instrumental was Free Your Voice a group of local students assisted by United Workers.

The campaign has focused on encouraging groups contracted to receive energy from the monstrosity known as Energy Answers to divest from dirty Waste-To-Energy (WTE) that pollutes our communities and invest into truly green energy.

With a stroke of Friday the 13th luck, we had some success!

The Aquifer Exemption Program

Executive Summary

A little known provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the program in the early days of SDWA implementation to respond to oil and gas interests who cited SDWA language which states that EPA “may not prescribe requirements for state UIC programs which interfere with or impede” the injection of fluids associated with oil and gas production. Extraction proponents argued that certain energy extraction activities would not be able to continue if all underground sources of drinking water everywhere were protected. As a result, an aquifer is now eligible for an exemption if it meets certain regulatory criteria.

Regulating Oil & Gas Activities to Protect Drinking Water

When the U.S. Congress first passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)  in 1974,  it authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a program to protect vital under- ground drinking water resources from risks of industrial activities in which fluid is injected
into the ground. However, Congress also included language mandating that EPA not “interfere with or impede” oil and gas production unless it is “absolutely essential” in order to protect underground sources of drinking water.

The regulatory and legislative history of the SDWA Underground Injection Control Program (UIC) demonstrates the impact of this language on the UIC program’s evolution.

One Step Closer to Protecting All Water

A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution.  Make sure your voice is heard today! President Obama  needs to know that you want to protect our water!

Learn more:

Local Officials Support the Rule to Protect Clean Water

The War on Water Returns

Diverse Voice Speak Out to Protect Clean Water

The Science of Water - Simple and Complex

Click here to speak your mind and tell the President to Protect Clean Water now.

You + Me + Congress = Action on Climate and Energy Legislation!

post by Christine LeMieux, Global Warming and Energy Programs Coordinator

While media headlines as of late are dominated by the latest healthcare happenings on the Hill, progress on climate and energy legislation continues. Both issues are related to critical questions about how we will take care of our public health and our economy in the coming decades. Over the past month, 6 Senate committees have held hearings and action is expected after Congress returns from recess in September. 

Thank the President for His Veto of S.1 (Keystone XL Pipeline)!

Last week, President Obama vetoed bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The decision on the pipeline remains in the hands of the Administration now that federal agencies have commented on the project’s potential impacts.  Please thank the President for this action, and for standing up to protect clean water and to take on climate change.

Thank You for Vetoing S.1 (KEystone XL Pipeline Bill) * Alaska Wilderness League * American Rivers * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity * Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Clean Coalition * Clean Water Action * CREDO * Defenders of Wildlife * Earth Day Network * Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund * Forest Ethics * Friends of the Earth * Friends Committee on National Legislation * Green for All * Greenpeace US * Hip Hop Caucus *  Indigenous Environmental Network * International Forum on Globalization * Kids vs.

Job Announcement: Western PA Director

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking an experienced Western PA Director to work in our Pittsburgh office. The Western PA Director's job is to coordinate local and state campaigns in western Pennsylvania on health related environmental issues, including overseeing a team of organizers. We are looking for an experienced organizer who knows how to direct and win issue campaigns that make a real difference in people's lives.

Oppose H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (SBRFIA).

February 4, 2015 (Download the PDF of this letter here)
Dear Representative,

RE: H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

Our organizations strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory
Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (SBRFIA).

SBRFIA expands the reach and scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and would increase unnecessary and lengthy regulatory delays, increase undue influence by regulated industries and encourage convoluted court challenges.

Some in Congress Don't Get It: Americans Want Clean Water

Washington - Today Clean Water Action called on the U.S. Congress to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protection. At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate held a rare joint hearing on the proposal, which is  overwhelmingly supported by over 800,000 commenters, including hundreds of local elected officials.

"Despite the overwhelming support from the public and elected officials, the majority leadership in Congress seems determined to cater to special interests like industrial agriculture and fossil fuels" said Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "Elected officials from Connecticut to California commented in favor of the proposal and asked the agencies to finalize an even stronger rule. "

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02/04/2015 - 13:36
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