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Haddonfield's Water Future

Published on October 27, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Haddonfield, New Jersey should retain local public ownership of its water resources to best protect the interests of consumers and the environment.

Incentivizing Fracking: The EPA's "Clean Power Plan"

Published on August 25, 2014 - Issue Briefs: On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new “Clean Power Plan.” The plan aims to cut the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Reading's Water Lease and the Costs of Privatization

Published on May 28, 2014 - Fact Sheets: The Reading City Council is considering opening up the city’s water system to privatization.

Aqua America: A Corporate Profile

Published on May 08, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Aqua America is the second largest publicly traded U.S. water utility company, serving nearly three million people in eight states.

The Rapid Industrialization of Frac Sand

Published on February 11, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Frac sand is an essential component in the fracking process; it is combined with large quantities of water and toxic chemicals, which are injected underground at high pressure to crack dense rock and release oil and gas.

Trouble Brewing in the Great Lakes

Published on January 29, 2014 - Issue Briefs: Unconventional oil and gas development poses a significant threat to the North American Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world.

Fracking Infrastructure is Carving Up Pennsylvania

Published on December 18, 2013 - Fact Sheets: Absurdly, proponents of shale gas development argue that pipelines can benefit landowners by providing new recreation areas and better habitat for wildlife.

American Water: a Corporate Profile

Published on December 17, 2013 - Fact Sheets: American Water Works Company is the largest publicly traded U.S. water utility company, serving approximately 14 million people in more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces.

An Overview of the Successful Public Purchase of the Felton Water System

Published on November 08, 2013 - Fact Sheets: The San Lorenzo Valley Water District purchased the Felton water system from California American Water. American Water and other companies have tried to distort this successful public purchase to undermine other local buyout efforts. Communities should not heed these corporate scare tactics. Felton has benefited from local, public control of its water services.

The EPA's Failure to Track Factory Farms

Published on August 28, 2013 - Issue Briefs: In the spring of 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that detailed the EPA’s internal process for proposing a CAFO reporting rule, known as the “308 Rule” under Section 308 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Fracking Colorado: Illusory Benefits, Hidden Costs

Published on August 19, 2013 - Issue Briefs: Coloradans are increasingly aware of the problems that accompany drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas. Communities are working to ban the practice and, of course, the oil and gas industry is fighting back. But the industry's primary argument - that fracking drives economic growth and prosperity in the state - just doesn't add up.

Take Back the Tap: Bottled Water Wastes Resources and Money

Published on August 05, 2013 - Fact Sheets: The bottled water industry has generated demand for its product through marketing, persuading Americans that bottled water is purer and healthier than tap water, even though the U.S. federal government requires more rigorous safety monitoring of municipal tap water than it does of bottled water.

Veolia Water North America: A Corporate Profile

Published on July 30, 2013 - Fact Sheets: Veolia Water North America is the largest private operator of municipal water and sewer systems in the United States, serving an estimated 10.5 million people in 32 states. Veolia Water North America is a fully owned subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, the world's largest water corporation.

United Water: A Corporate Profile

Published on July 14, 2013 - Fact Sheets: United Water is one of the largest private water companies in the United States, serving about 5.7 million people. The company is a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, the world’s second largest water corporation.

Take Back the Tap: Bottled Water Wastes Resources and Money

Published on June 24, 2013 - Reports: Americans have bought into the myth that bottled water is purer and healthier than tap water. This misconception is largely the result of crafty marketing tactics from the bottled water industry, but the truth is that the federal government requires more rigorous safety monitoring of municipal tap water than it does of bottled water.

Frackademia

Published on May 28, 2013 - Fact Sheets: An extensive review of university research projects funded by “Big Oil” companies revealed insufficient academic control, a lack of peer review and undue industry influence in choosing research proposals.

A Toxic Flood

Published on May 16, 2013 - Reports: The report is based on research conducted at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to compile a ranking of the Toxic 100 Water Polluters.The report shows that leading energy and chemical manufacturing companies are dumping massive amounts of toxic chemicals into surface waters, putting in danger the lives and wellbeing of those exposed to the resulting pollution.

Keep a Nestlé Water Bottling Plant Out of the Columbia River Gorge

Published on April 23, 2013 - Fact Sheets: Nestlé Waters is determined to build and operate a water bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks, seeking to bottle and sell essential spring water resources.

Borrowing Trouble: Water Privatization Is a False Solution for Municipal Budget Shortfalls

Published on April 04, 2013 - Reports: The 2008 global financial crisis left many governments around the world with serious fiscal challenges. Eroded tax bases and growing health and retirement costs created or worsened local budget deficits across the United States, and a sovereign debt crisis rattled the European Union. Instead of confronting these problems head-on, a number of public officials across the globe sought to lease or sell public water and sewer systems to fund ongoing government functions or to pay down liabilities. That is, they have tried to use water privatization to create the illusion of having balanced the budget, when in fact they are just digging the hole deeper.

U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution

Published on November 14, 2012 - Reports: Promoters of modern drilling and fracking celebrate the industry’s newfound ability to extract oil and natural gas from shale and other tight rock formations, calling it an energy “revolution,” a “paradigm-shifter,” a “rebirth” and a “game changer.” One recent report claims that North America might soon become “the new Middle East,” a net exporter of oil and natural gas. In April 2012, ConocoPhillips’s CEO at the time called shale gas a “blessing.” But for whom is it really a blessing?
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