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I Love My New York Water

By Alan Septoff

June 24, 2011

Earthworks is part of the Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling coalition that works to protect New York's water from irresponsible drilling.

Recently, a few famous New Yorkers got together to help out.

Zo Saldana, Nadia Dajani, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Charles, Ethan Hawke and Amy Ryan made this spot to encourage New Yorkers to speak out against dirty drilling -- and for the water upon which tens of millions of people rely.

After you watch the video, head on over to Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling to spread the word.

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, new york, clean water not dirty drilling


House Committee Attempts to Gut Clean Water Protections

By Lauren Pagel

June 22, 2011

Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill that would shift regulatory powers over water and wetlands from U.S. EPA to the states. Among the legislation's provisions is a clause to limit EPA's ability to veto Clean Water Act permits for mining proposals that would have unacceptable adverse effect on water. States would have to approve the move before any such veto could take effect. 

HR 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, could have a serious impact on water quality throughout this country. Nowhere would that impact be felt more than in Alaska s Bristol Bay, where the proposed Pebble Mine threatens to destroy the world s largest sockeye salmon fishery. And with it, the livelihoods of the commercial fisherman, sport fisherman and native communities who rely on area waters to live. 

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Tagged with: epa, bristol bay, pebble, clean water act


Frack sand mining doesn't just suck, it blows

By Sharon Wilson

June 21, 2011

When they say fracking goes miles deep and miles wide, they aren t kidding.

Recently I learned that EOG, aka Enron Oil and Gas, is planning to start a frack sand mining and processing plant in Cooke County near the beautiful Saint Jo. The planned 1,400-acre facility will handle all stages of production and transportation. Although EOG has only applied for and has not yet been granted the permit by TCEQ, they have already done a lot of construction and water well drilling at the proposed site. You can see aerial photographs acquired through the efforts of local citizens at the Save The Trinity Aquifer blog spot.   

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Tagged with: mining, fracking, frac sand mining, frac sand


Obama administration protects Grand Canyon from uranium mining: Secretary Salazar's remarks

By Alan Septoff

June 20, 2011

From: DOI_Updates [mailto:DOI_Updates@ios.doi.gov]
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 2:34 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Secretary Salazar's Remarks from Mather Point at the Rim of the Grand Canyon

Secretary Salazar's Remarks from Mather Point at the Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Tagged with: grand canyon, uranium, ken salazar


All our water should be clean. Thank the EPA for acting to protect our drinking water.

By Alan Septoff

June 20, 2011

EPA map of Percentage of Surface Drinking Water from Intermittent, Ephemeral, and Headwater Streams
Percentage of Surface Drinking Water from Intermittent, Ephemeral, and Headwater Streams. Source: U.S. EPA

Wrongheaded interpretations of two confusing U.S. Supreme Court cases have put more than 20 million acres of wetlands and almost 60 percent of our streams at risk of losing Clean Water Act protections.

The EPA estimates that more than 117 million Americans' drinking water is supplied in whole or part by waters vulnerable to pollution thanks to the current confusion.

To fix things, the Environmental Protection Agency is clarifying which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act.

The new guidelines would reaffirm protection for critical waters -- including wetlands, and smaller streams, including those that flow part of the year.

Protecting wetlands and small streams is important for fish and wildlife habitat, reducing the frequency and intensity of floods, filtering pollutants, as well as supplying drinking waters to American families.

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Tagged with: clean water act, take action, waters of the u.s.


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