Don't Let Exxon Off the Hook!
By David Pringle, New Jersey Campaign Director
New Jersey courts have repeatedly found Exxon and its Linden and Bayonne refineries liable for 100 years of pollution and destruction of 1500 acres of forest, wetland, tideland, meadow, groundwater and waterways.
The company is on the hook for basic clean-up costs and natural resource damages (NRD, additional costs for restoration and the public’s lost use of land, water and other natural resources). However, Exxon has dragged its feet on the clean-up and is still contesting the assessed NRD.
Just before a judge was to rule on how much Exxon would be forced to pay in NRD, the Christie Administration proposed a settlement. Although the state’s own scientific experts documented $8.9 billion in NRD at the two refinery sites, the settlement proposes only $225 million — less than 3 cents on the dollar. Read more
TAKE ACTION! State lawmakers must ensure any settlement funds go to restoration not the General Fund. Learn more and contact them here.
Thousands Ask for Stricter Drilling Rules
This April, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released changes to its 2014 proposed oil and gas regulation revisions. Though DEPs latest proposals follow tens of thousands of comments from the public, advocates, issue experts and industry and reflect some improvement, Clean Water Action believes further changes are still needed.
For example, DEP would continue to allow open pits for storing gas drilling wastes. While open pits on well sites would now be banned, industry would still be allowed to use huge off-site pits, each serving multiple wells — pits as large as two football fields and holding 15 million gallons of toxic wastewater. Read more
2015 Maryland Legislative UpdateYears of clean water victories came under siege in Maryland’s 2015 legislature. Clean Water Action responded with ramped up efforts to educate sixty-eight new legislators and the new Governor, Larry Hogan, about the importance of preserving the state’s legacy of landmark protections for water resources and healthy communities. Read more
New England Wants Clean Energy Now!
New England Wants Clean Energy Now
Communities across New England are fighting for clean energy. Despite a utility-backed push to expand gas pipelines and suppress solar power, states are making progress and building powerful coalitions to fight for a low-carbon, economically just future. Read more
Interns Make Our World Go Round!
Clean Water Action’s internship program provides a great opportunity for young people to learn the skills of environmental organizing while making meaningful change. Here we’ve shared interviews with Ayanna Hampton and Rachel Fricke who joined the Clean Water Action Massachusetts team for their winter/spring semester and a profile of Nicole Harrison from the Rhode Island team. Thank you Ayanna, Rachel and Nicole! Read More
Water Protection Priorities for Colorado
“Every conversation about water ought to begin with conservation.” Those were the words of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in his 2013 State of the State Address. In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop a “State Water Plan” that would create a roadmap for water use.
For many years, Colorado cities and towns have pulled water from the state’s rivers to meet growing demand. Colorado’s rivers cannot sustain this demand on a long-term basis. Water conservation and healthy river flows should be across the board priorities in Colorado. As little as a 1% reduction per year in water use across Colorado could conserve enough water to serve more than 1.8 million Colorado families. At a minimum, this should be adopted as a goal through 2050. Read more.