Charlottesville - The Charlottesville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja and the Charlottesville City Council for their leadership on this important issue, and thanks Councilmember Kristin Szakos for introducing the resolution.
Today the Department of Interior released the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule on Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Tribal Lands. The rule is a long awaited and much needed update to decades-old BLM regulations for oil and gas development.
The rule includes some important provisions that exceed most state protections including moving away from wastewater disposal in open unlined pits. BLM also strengthened well construction requirements to prevent well failures that lead to leakage of methane and other potential contaminants.
LANSING—Just days after Gov. Rick Snyder announced his goals for renewable energy and energy efficiency, Michigan Clean Water Action delivered more than 10,000 letters from Michiganders across the state to Snyder and policymakers in Lansing. The letters call on Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to increase the state’s renewable energy standard, which mandates the amount of energy utilities must generate from renewable sources.