Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard

Between November, 2011 and February, 2012, the Pennsylvania state legislature held a series of votes on HB 1950 (Act 13), a bill that proposed to overturn hundreds of local ordinances on gas drilling, while establishing the nation’s lowest impact fee and making minimal improvements to oil and gas regulations. Passage of Act 13 is the first significant legislation enacted in Pennsylvania since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began over four years ago, and represents a giant step backward in environmental protection, especially through eliminating any local control over gas drilling. The Scorecard covers final passage votes as well as votes on floor amendments to the bill.

See how your state legislators scored by downloading the entire Marcellus Scorecard. Take action and hold your legislators accountable for their votes!

Banning Styrofoam


is poised to become the first state to

ban the foam!

You wouldn’t use something if you knew that it was a carcinogen, would you? You might be, every day.  Popularly known as Styrofoam™, polystyrene foam take-out containers leach a carcinogen (styrene) into food and beverages when heated.  California is on the verge of passing the first statewide ban on polystyrene in the nation. 

Clean Water Action is fighting foam in California.  Our 2011 litter study found that 68% of trash on urban streets comes from take-out food packaging. Foam containers are light-weight and blow away before street sweepers and litter pickers can get to them. Foam breaks apart into small pieces and flows through storm drains to waterways, ending up as the most pervasive form of beach litter in California.

Fracking in New Jersey

Gov Christie

Governor Christie

New Jersey Governor CV’s Frack Ban:
Environmental Organizations Cry Foul and Will Seek Over-ride!

Trenton, New Jersey – Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times.  During the Senate’s session August 25, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) that set a one year moratorium on fracking in the State.  Environmental groups dismissed the moratorium as meaningless and vowed to work for an over-ride of the CV.  The Frack Ban Bill arose out of a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale.     

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08/26/2011 - 12:14

You + Me + Congress = Action on Climate and Energy Legislation!

post by Christine LeMieux, Global Warming and Energy Programs Coordinator

While media headlines as of late are dominated by the latest healthcare happenings on the Hill, progress on climate and energy legislation continues. Both issues are related to critical questions about how we will take care of our public health and our economy in the coming decades. Over the past month, 6 Senate committees have held hearings and action is expected after Congress returns from recess in September. 

Thank You for Vetoing S.1 (KEystone XL Pipeline Bill) * Alaska Wilderness League * American Rivers * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity * Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Clean Coalition * Clean Water Action * CREDO * Defenders of Wildlife * Earth Day Network * Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund * Forest Ethics * Friends of the Earth * Friends Committee on National Legislation * Green for All * Greenpeace US * Hip Hop Caucus *  Indigenous Environmental Network * International Forum on Globalization * Kids vs.

Lets Lower and Cap Unfair Electric Charges!

You should be able to control how much you pay for electricity by controlling how much electricity you use. Unfortunately no matter how much you reduce your energy use, you still have to pay huge fees just to get electricity. In fact, Connecticut residents pay the highest fixed costs in New England.

You can start to change that today - take action and tell your legislators to support SB 570 to cap fixed charges at $10 per month for households!

Christie's nomination for Pinelands Commission OK'd as pipeline project looms

TRENTON - A state Senate committee today approved Gov. Chris Christie's nomination to replace a Pinelands Commission member who voted against a controversial pipeline project the governor favors. The vote of seven to five with one abstention came after an hour of testimony from environmentalists worried that Robert Barr, the governor's nominee, had been chosen for one reason.

"This nomination is the swing vote that will determine the fate of the Pinelands," said David Pringle, the New Jersey campaign director of Clean Water Action.
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Critics contend appointment sends wrong message to conservation community, do what governor says or be prepared to be replaced.

By a narrow margin, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted to approve the nomination of Robert Barr to the Pinelands Commission, an appointment almost universally opposed by the conservation community.

The action marked the third time Barr had come up before the panel, which had previously failed to garner enough votes to release the nomination and send it to the full Senate. Yesterday's approval cleared the committee in a 7-5-1 vote.

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Climate Change, Environmental Justice & You!

communityClean Water Fund is working in collaboration with the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance and Ironbound Community Corporation in the South, West and East Wards of the City of Newark to create a Resiliency Action Plan (RAP).

This partnership will work in conjunction with the City of Newark, community leaders, and residents to address efforts to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, adapt to the changes already underway, and foster social inclusion and cohesion. This project was made possible with the support of the Kresge Foundation.

Tell Govenor Abbott - Let Cities Protect Residents!

Texas has a long tradition of allowing local communities to take action to protect the well-being of their residents. But now Gov. Greg Abbott and some state legislators want to limit the ability of cities to do this, simply because they do not agree with some of the decisions local communities have made.  Tell them, when the state fails to protect our communities, it's time to let our cities decide!

Governor Abbott and his allies are more interested in doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists than in upholding the tradition of local control.  They are targeting:

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