News Release | Environment Oregon

Corvallis Becomes Second City in Oregon to Ban Bags

Today advocates and city councilors congratulated Corvallis on taking a stand against plastic pollution after Corvallis officially became the second city in Oregon to ban single-use plastic bags in an unanimous vote last night. “The City of Corvallis should be applauded for standing up to harmful waste that’s polluting our oceans and creating a disaster for wildlife,” said Sarah Higginbotham, State Director at Environment Oregon. “Corvallis is now leading the way for other Oregon cities looking to follow suit and ban the bag.”

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Gov. Perdue vetoes fracking bill

Raleigh—Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed the controversial fracking bill that would pave the way for gas drilling as soon as 2014.  Environment North Carolina praised the governor's move.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

News Release | Environment America

House Appropriations Committee Votes for Dirty Water and a Slew of Damaging Anti-Environmental Riders

The House Appropriations Committee passed by a 26-19 vote the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill would slash EPA’s budget by about a fifth for fiscal year 2013, the lowest it has been funded since 1998 and deeply cut funding for other environmental programs including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that provides critical resources for protecting national parks, wildlife refuges and local recreation areas.

News Release | Environment America

Drilling Plan Protects Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, Opens Arctic to New Risks

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized the Department of Interior’s offshore leasing plan for 2012 to 2017. The plan codifies the Obama administration’s December 2010 proposal to protect the Atlantic and Pacific from offshore drilling and limit expansion of drilling leases in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The plan additionally removed an area off the coast of Virginia from consideration for drilling, but will allow limited oil exploration in the Arctic.

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