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Colorado Currents - Fall 2014

Colorado Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force Gets Underway

In August, Governor Hickenlooper announced the creation of the state commissioned Blue Ribbon Oil and Gas Task Force. The Task force is charged with making policy recommendations focused on state and local regulations of oil and gas operations. The task force is comprised of an equal number of representatives from affected communities, the environmental community, civic organizations, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry. The task force will make its policy recommendations in late February 2015.

The creation of the task force was the result of a compromise between two ballot initiative campaigns proposing both pro- and anti-oil and gas amendments to the Colorado constitution. Rep. Jared Polis was backing two of these initiatives. One would have given local governments more control over oil and gas development within their borders. The second initiative would have mandated a 2,000 foot setback rule — keeping drill sites at least 2,000 feet from homes. Additionally, the oil and gas industry was offering two ballot initiatives that would have taken local control away from municipalities and blocked communities attempting to regulate oil and gas operations from receiving oil and gas tax revenues. Read more 

Protect Our Rivers - Hold the Legislature Accountable on HB 1565

In October the Pennsylvania Legislature decided that big developers are more important than you and the health of our streams and rivers. Let them know what you think today.

The Legislature passed HB 1565 to undo the reasonable protections in place for Pennsylvania’s best streams and rivers.

Did your Senator and Representative vote for your interests or those of big developers? Find out and then hold them accountable if they decided to put our streams and rivers at risk.

State Rep Candidate Doug Belanger Endorsed as Environmental Champion

Doug Belanger of the 17th Worcester District has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for reelection by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) and Clean Water Action.

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10/24/2014 - 11:05

State Rep Candidate Doug Belanger Endorsed as Environmental Champion

Doug Belanger of the 17th Worcester District has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for reelection by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) and Clean Water Action.

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10/24/2014 - 11:05

State Rep Candidate Doug Belanger Endorsed as Environmental Champion

Doug Belanger of the 17th Worcester District has been named an “Environmental Champion” and has been endorsed for reelection by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) and Clean Water Action.

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10/24/2014 - 11:05

Texas Currents - Fall 2014

Texas Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Pushing Forward on Clean Water Protections

Clean Water Action’s tireless campaign in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to restore protections to headwater streams and wetlands has entered a critical phase, with public comment set to end this November. The EPA rule would restore protections to streams that only run seasonally or after storms, but which when wet flow into the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans — including 11.5 million Texans. Some 75% percent of Texas’ stream miles dry up part of the year, especially during drought.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell joined EPA Senior Advisor for Water Ellen Gilinsky and Clean Water Action’s David Foster at a July press conference in Austin expressing support for the policy. “The purpose of the rule is to clarify protection for the upstream waters that are absolutely vital to downstream communities,” said Gilinsky. “Clean water is essential to every single American, from families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations. Read more 

A Failing Grade: Clean Water Action Releases Its Scorecard on the 113th Congress

October 23, 2014

Washington, DC - Congress is failing the American people on protecting the environment and communities, according to Clean Water Action's Scorecard for the 113th Congress. In 2013 and 2014, the US House of Representatives voted numerous times to block progress in restoring protections to small streams and wetlands and safeguarding communities from toxic coal ash. While few of these measures passed the Senate, that may no longer be the case after the upcoming election.

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10/23/2014 - 10:42

Your Vote is Your Voice - Leading Environmental Candidates in New Jersey

The federal elections this year are especially critical. The balance of power is up in the air and we are at the tipping point when it comes to the climate crisis, a clean green economy, a functioning government at even the most basic level and so much more. On the environment, five candidates from New Jersey really stand out and Clean Water Action is proud to endorse them.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, VOTE ENVIRONMENT by supporting the following candidates:

Greening the Dodge Poetry Festival

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We are excited to be part of the greening efforts at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival when thousands of people will flock to Downtown Newark to hear more than 70 renowned poets read, perform and discuss poetry!

Organizations Deliver Comments To EPA From More Than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water

WASHINGTON – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and on Wednesday, a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to pollution.
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10/22/2014 - 09:46
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