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Key House Committee Guts Pennsylvania Stream Protections

Harrisburg, PA— A bill that threatens clean water by eliminating streamside buffer protections for certain streams has been passed through Pennsylvania’s House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee. The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives for full consideration.

House Bill 1565, even as amended, removes safeguards requiring buffers with a width of 150 feet alongside streams that are designated as “high quality”, or “exceptional value”. Streams with this designation are able to support sensitive ecosystems and wildlife. They are also classified as safe enough for swimming & fishing, and are critical to Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation economy.
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09/16/2014 - 09:49

Environmental Organizations Challenge PA-DEP Claims of Adequate Oil & Gas Oversight

Agency’s response to Auditor General neglects to address water contamination issues from natural gas drilling

Harrisburg, PA – Environmental and citizen organizations sent Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary, Chris Abruzzo a letter today challenging the agency’s response to issues raised in Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s DEP Performance Audit, released on July 22nd. The audit identified serious flaws in the DEP’s oil and gas monitoring and enforcement programs.

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08/28/2014 - 07:02

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presents Council’s resolution voicing unanimous support for EPA’s Clean Water rule

Philadelphia City Council, Environmental Protection Agency, Business Leaders, and Environmental Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presents Council’s resolution voicing unanimous support for EPA’s Clean Water rule
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08/06/2014 - 18:52

Hold Your State Legislators Accountable!

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Our state legislators betrayed their oath to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment when they voted to reopen our state forests and open our state parks for natural gas leasing as part of the budget.

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time.

State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request.

The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source.
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07/22/2014

Auditor General Issues Critical PADEP Audit

Pennsylvania Environmental Organizations Applaud Investigation’s Goals. Report's findings mirror concerns raised by Pennsylvanians dealing with water contamination

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07/22/2014 - 09:29

Opinion: Contrary to Pa. Farm Bureau, farmers do support clean water rules

Ditch the mythAs someone who grew up spending summers picking tomatoes, bailing hay and milking cows in Chester County, last week's opinion headline about farmers and clean water ("EPA 'waters' rules will impact farmers," Berks Country, July 9) caught my eye.

No one has a deeper understanding of the importance of clean water and an ethic of stewardship for our land, water and the rest of the natural world on which we all depend than the farmers that I have met.

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07/16/2014

The Union Edge #ProtectCleanWater Radio Interview with Clean Water Action and Blue Green Alliance

On Monday July 7, Tom Hoffman from Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh and Khari Mosley from the National Blue Green Alliance were interviewed by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge: Labor's Talk Radio Show.

Tom and Khari talked about the importance of supporting the new EPA guidelines that would restore protections to the drinking water for 63% of Pennsylvanians. Hear the interview in its entirety here:

http://workingfamilyradio.libsyn.com/clean-water-action

Leading the Way to Clean Water – Pittsburgh Supports Obama Administration Proposal to Protect Clean Water

pittsburgh waters of the us resolutionPittsburgh - Today, the Pittsburgh City Council stood up for clean water and all Pittsburghers and unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to protect clean water. EPA's proposal would clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action commends the Council and thanks Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O'Connor for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).

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07/08/2014 - 13:06
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