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 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 | 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 New Jersey

Environment New Jersey Hails Assembly Vote to Ban Toxic Waste from Fracking in New Jersey

In the latest state action against fracking, the New Jersey Assembly today approved a measure to ban the processing of fracking wastewater.  Environment New Jersey and its allies stepped up efforts to build support for Assemblywoman Connie Wagner’s bill after learning that fracking waste had already been shipped to New Jersey, and discharged into the Delaware via a DuPont facility in Salem County.   Legislators approved the bill (A575) this afternoon by a veto-proof majority of 56-19. 

Where Are the Clean Water Rules?

By | Shelley Vinyard
Regional Program Director

Across the country, 60 percent of our streams, 117 million Americans’ drinking water, and 20 million acres of wetlands lack adequate protection from pollution. President Obama took a step toward fixing this last year by proposing new guidelines to restore these protections, and we have played a huge role in making this happened. But the protections have not been finalized yet.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

NC House lawmakers approve pro-fracking measure

Raleigh, NC—Following a contentious debate, house lawmakers approved a sweeping measure that paves the way for a controversial method of gas drilling called “fracking” as soon as 2014.  Because the measure did not garner enough votes to override a veto, attention turns now to Governor Bev Perdue.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Hundreds of clean water activists visit NC capitol to fight fracking

Raleigh, NC— Roughly 200 citizens from around the state visited the capitol today to urge lawmakers to reject Sen. Bob Rucho’s pro-fracking bill, which would pave the way for the controversial form of drilling as soon as 2014.  The measure cleared a Senate committee over protests from environmental groups, landowners, scientists, and lawmakers who raised concerns about fracking’s impacts on the environment.

News Release | Environment America

237 Members of Congress Join “Dirty Water Gang” by Voting against Protections for America’s Waterways

Today, 237 members of Congress voted against better protections for places like the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and many smaller streams, lakes, and wetlands across the country.   By opposing an amendment to the House “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” (H.R. 5325), introduced by Congressmen Jim Moran (VA) and John Dingell (MI), the majority of the House voted to block efforts by President Obama, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Army Corps of Engineers to ensure America’s waterways are better protected by the Clean Water Act.

News Release | Environment America

New Poll Shows Protecting America’s Waterways is Good Policy and Good Politics

A new poll commissioned by the nation’s leading environmentalists and sportsmen organizations. In key Great Lakes and Rocky Mountain states shows that the public overwhelmingly supports an Obama administration proposal to restore protections for America’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

News Release | Environment America

Hundreds of Elected Officials Speak Out for Protecting America’s Waterways

More than 400 elected officials from 30 different states have asked President Obama to protect America’s waterways. Today, Environment America released a list of 439 officials—from mayors to city council members to county commissioners to state legislators—who have sent letters or passed resolutions calling on the President to finalize proposed guidelines to restore Clean Water Act protections to many of the country’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

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