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.
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.
State Rep. Dan Cullinane (D-Dorchester) has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for reelection by the Mass. League of Environmental Voters (MLEV), Clean Water Action, and the Environmental League of Mass Action Fund (ELM Action Fund).