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Philadelphia, PA - Today, March 11, 2015, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and PennEnvironment urged City Council to support Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's resolution tomorrow that urges Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to release specifications for tank car design and for Philadelphia rail companies to rapidly upgrade and replace crude oil tank cars. The resolution also urges the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to be more transparent and conduct emergency response workshops, specific to crude by rail, in communities at risk.
Last year, Pennsylvania rolled back protections for our best rivers and streams, which you helped put in place. Now, developers can destroy trees for new development next to rivers.
Furthermore, the new policy states that replacing a forested buffer miles away from their project is an acceptable alternative. Maintaining existing buffers should be mandatory. Buffers are proven to be the best way to protect water quality. Trees, shrubs, and other plants that line the banks of waterways filter pollution, reduce flooding, and create healthy habitat.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its proposed updates to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. DEP has made the right decision to ban open frack pits at well sites, but failed to take strong action on centralized frack pits which serve multiple well sites.
Combating air pollution in Allegheny County, organizing with residents in the municipalities across the Ohio River to reduce the pollution coming from Neville Island and ensure that industry is being a "good neighbor is just some of our work to make air cleaner in Allegheny County.Find out more at the Bucket Bridgade.