Washington DC – Clean Water Action is appalled that the leadership of the US House of Representatives appears willing to shut down the federal government in order to win passage of budget riders limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and prohibiting funding for Planned Parenthood.
While recent press reports have indicated that the EPA restrictions may no longer be on the table, the House Republican leadership has brought the federal government close to the brink of shutdown over policy issues that should not be part of budget negotiations.
Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods. As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and encourages Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.
Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.
Austin – The environmental organization Clean Water Action today announced its first two endorsements for this November's 2014 Austin City Council elections: Gregario “Greg” Casar for District 4 and Ann Kitchen for District 5. The November council election marks the first time that Austin will be selecting its council members from 10 single-members districts rather than at-large. The mayor will continue to be elected at large.