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December 17, 2014

Press Releases : Public Health and Advocacy Organizations Urge Legislature to Keep Fracking Out of Maryland

Concerned by both the rapidly expanding evidence of harm and by the growing uncertainties caused by unconventional natural gas development and production, a number of health and advocacy organizations have announced support for a long-term moratorium or ban on drilling and fracking for natural gas in Maryland. Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration will ban fracking in New York, heeding the strong recommendation from the public health officials in his administration that there is no scientific evidence showing that fracking can be done without risk to public health. The coalition of health and advocacy organizations believes that Maryland should follow New York’s lead, as the science in Maryland is the same as the science in New York. Groups representing physicians, nurses, public health professionals and Maryland residents are calling for the legislative leadership to pass strong legislation that will implement a moratorium or ban on all drilling and fracking in the state.

December 16, 2014

Press Releases : EPA, USDA, and the White House Team Up to Promote Bad Nutrient Trading Program in VA

“Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have mistakenly put their faith in a voluntary, market-based trading scheme in Virginia that will do little to actually reduce pollution. Our government agencies have relied on voluntary programs for agriculture to clean up the Bay and other waterways for 40 years, yet agriculture remains the number one source of nutrient pollution. Instead of relying on an unproven, voluntary nutrient credit trading program, EPA, USDA and the White House would be better off by implementing and enforcing laws that already exist, including the Clean Water Act. “Food & Water Watch has reviewed similar nutrient trading programs in the Chesapeake Bay region and the Ohio River Basin. In every case, these schemes have allowed polluters to avoid compliance with the law while paying farmers for pollution reductions that are never properly verified. We expect the program in Virginia to be no different.”

December 12, 2014

Press Releases : Governor O’Malley Opens Maryland to Fracking

Governor O’Malley’s regulations sent today to be published in the Maryland Register will open the state to the oil and gas industry and present Marylanders with huge risks to their health, water, air and communities. There is no such thing as safe fracking. Governor O’Malley’s decision to allow fracking in Maryland is particularly alarming given that pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan takes office in January.






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New Blogs

December 18, 2014

December 17, 2014

Blogs : Food & Water Watch’s Holiday Gift Guide

Steer clear of the shopping mall and check out these seven meaningful gift ideas for the holidays.

December 16, 2014

Blogs : Don’t Let Fracking Destroy Her Legacy

Dianne and her late husband worked hard to build a home in Carson, California to leave behind for their children, but the oil and gas industry could destroy their legacy.

December 15, 2014

Blogs : No Surprise: Congress Gets it Wrong on GMO Labels

The GMA has been busy lately spending millions against state labeling bills and ballot initiatives and lobbying hard for its pet project, HR 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014.