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Protecting Maryland's Communities from Oil Trains

Oil production in North America has skyrocketed in the past five years, with industries using increasingly dangerous and desperate technologies to extract fossil fuels from the ground.

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2016 Legislative Priorities in Maryland

Learn about what we are fighting for during the 2016 Legislative session.

Baltimore Residents Protest Dangerous Oil Trains as City Council Weighs Action

Analysis indicates 165,000 Baltimore residents live within the potential oil train blast zone. The City Council is urged to place a moratorium on permits for crude oil shipping terminals.

Maryland Is First State to Ban Consumer Use of Bee Killing Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Annapolis, MD – On Thursday, Maryland became the first state in the country to restrict consumer use of neonicotinoid pesticides, with the General Assembly passing the Pollinator Protection Act (SB 198 / HB 211) by large bipartisan margins. The Act has been a multi-year priority for the Smart on Pesticides coalition, an organization cofounded by the Maryland Pesticide Education Network and Clean Water Action.

From We All Live Downstream

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Oil Train Victories Across the Country

August 25, 2016

In Baltimore, Clean Water Action has been working for two years to prevent further oil train traffic from passing through our city and to make sure the City government, emergency services, and the

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Ban Fracking in Frederick County

August 17, 2016

When Marylanders consider the risk of fracking in our state, we usually think of the Western Maryland counties – Washington, Alleghany, and Garret – that lie above the Marcellus Gas Basin.  But smaller gas basins cross all parts of our state, including two in Frederick County.  The Culpeper Basin stretches north from Virginia beneath Adamstown and Ballenger Creek to southern Frederick City; the Gettysburg Basin comes south from Pennsylvania beneath the Monocacy River touching Emmitsburg, Thurmont, and the northern edge of Frederick City including parts of Fort Detrick.  All together, 19% of Frederick County has frackable gas beneath it – and that puts our farms, rivers, and drinking water at risk.

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Funding for polluted runoff protections falls short in Frederick

August 17, 2016

“Generally, they’re getting worse.” That was the verdict on Frederick County’s local streams at last night’s public hearing on the County’s Financial Assurance Plan, a document that should outline how the County government will pay for stormwater restoration projects mandated by the Chesapeake Bay Plan.