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Fracking in New Jersey

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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. 

State lawmakers slam oil regulators after embarrassing lapses

he agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying to untangle years of chaotic operation.

But the fixes aren’t happening fast enough to satisfy many state lawmakers. In recent weeks, elected officials have publicly chided the agency, launched their own investigations and introduced at least a half-dozen bills that aim to recast DOGGR’s mission to prioritize protecting public health and the environment over promoting energy development.
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03/26/2015

Maintain the Nuclear Moratorium in Minnesota!

In 1994, Minnesota enacted a moratorium on construction of new nuclear power plants. The moratorium was put in place because of concerns about nuclear waste storage. Today, some legislators in St Paul want to repeal the moratorium and open the door for new nuclear power plants to be built in Minnesota. Send a message your legislator urging them to oppose the repeal of the nuclear moratorium.

John Quigley has the experience needed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Next to the governor, no one is more important to environmental protection in Pennsylvania than the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We need someone heading the agency that has experience, is committed to the agency's mission of a cleaner environment, and is ready to tackle the environmental challenges facing our Commonwealth.

John Quigley is that person. He has an impressive record of public service, led an effort that developed the nation's first environmental siting standards for wind energy development, and partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop a business plan for the first carbon capture and storage network proposed in the world.

Oppose The Enzi Budget (S. Con. Res. 11) & Position On Key Environmental Amendments

ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE * AMERICAN FORESTS * AMERICAN RIVERS * CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY * CLEAN WATER ACTION * DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE * EARTHJUSTICE * EARTHWORKS * ENVIRONMENT AMERICA * ENDANGERED SPECIES COALITION * ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * GREENPEACE * LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS * NATIONAL
AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * OCEANA * OCEAN CONSERVANCY * SIERRA CLUB * SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER * SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY

March 26, 2015

OPPOSE THE ENZI BUDGET (S. CON. RES. 11) & POSITION ON KEY ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENTS

Dear Senator:

Comment Letter on Revised GHG Guidance - 3/25/15

Center for Biological Diversity * Center for Food Safety
Center for International Environmental Law * Clean Water Action * Conservation Colorado Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * EPIC – Environmental Protection Information Center Friends of the Bitterroot * Friends of the Earth * Grand Canyon Trust * Greenpeace Information Network for Responsible Mining * Klamath Forest Alliance * KyotoUSA League of Conservation Voters * Montana Environmental Information Center
National Wildlife Federation * Natural Resources Defense Council * Oregon Wild

Oppose Portman Amendment 396 to S. Con Res 11 - 3/25/15

Center for Biological Diversity * Clean Water Action * Earthjustice * Environment America Environmental Defense Fund * Environmental Law and Policy Center * Fresh Energy Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * IDEAS For Us * Interfaith Power and Light
League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Public Citizen * Sierra Club
Southern Environmental Law Center * WE ACT for Environmental Justice * Voces Verdes


March 25, 2015 (Download the PDF here)

Oppose Amendment No. 347 to Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, setting the budget for FY 2016

● Alaska Wilderness League ● American Rivers ● Bluegreen Alliance ● Clean Water Action
● Defenders of Wildlife ● Earthjustice ● Friends of the Earth ● Greenpeace
● League of Conservation Voters ● Natural Resources Defense Council ● Sierra Club
● Southern Environmental Law Center

March 24, 2015

Dear Senator:

Please Oppose House and Senate FY16 Budget Resolutions - March 23, 2015

ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE • AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY • AMERICAN FORESTS • AMERICAN RIVERS • CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY • CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT • CLEAN WATER ACTION • CONSERVATION COLORADO • CONSERVATIVES FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP • DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE • EARTHJUSTICE • ENDANGERED SPECIES COALITION • ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND • ENVIRONMENT AMERICA • EPIC-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER • FRIENDS OF THE EARTH • KENTUCKY ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION • KLAMATH FOREST ALLIANCE • LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS • LOS PADRES FORESTWATCH • MONTANA ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
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