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SRBC Agrees to Comprehensive Study of Fracking

By Aaron Mintzes

November 30, 2012

Over the last year or so we’ve worked with our friends at the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Clean Water Action, Penn Environment, Sierra Club’s PA and MD chapters and other groups to urge the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to amend its Comprehensive Plan to include a genuine cumulative impact study of hydraulic fracturing. It appears now that they will. While this is good news, no one is yet celebrating because we have a lot of details to iron out related to what the study should contain. The SRBC last amended their Plan in 2008. Back then, few folks anticipated the unprecedented spread of natural gas wells throughout Pennsylvania. The Keystone state has a very long history of drilling for oil and digging for coal. Yet the new technologies developed for high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing all over the region have left regulators without the tools they need to protect public health and water quality. It is for this reason that neighboring states Maryland and New York have chosen a much more deliberate approach.

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Vote for Earthworks in 2012

By Hilary Lewis

November 19, 2012

Earthworks is on the Credo Donation Ballot in 2012!

Each year, Credo asks its members to vote for their favorite charities, and they make donations based on every vote cast.

Credo is many things to many people. For some it is a credit card, others a mobile phone service, and for many a way to take action on important progressive issues throughout the year.

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We Stand with the People of El Salvador

By Hilary Lewis

November 13, 2012

Yesterday I helped deliver a letter to the Canadian Embassy here in Washington, DC, about the lawsuit against the Central American country of El Salvador, by Pacific Rim Mining Corporation. The letter was coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies and signed by Friends of the Earth, Center for International Environmental Law, Public Citizen, Sierra Club Greenpeace, Earth Island Institute and Foundation Earth (along with Earthworks).

Pacific Rim is a Canadian mining company exploring for gold in the mineral rich mountains of El Salvador. It is no surprise to geologists that Pacific Rim believes they can strike it rich there. Billions of dollars rich.

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Re: the 112th Congress…the worst is over

By Aaron Mintzes

November 9, 2012

Our friends at the League of Conservation Voters produce annual scorecards rating Members of Congress on their environmental voting records. The latest edition declared the 112th House of Representatives as the most anti-environmental House in the history of the nation. It all started with HR 1, a budget bill laced with a buffet of pro-pollution appropriations riders. Americans already know about the party of “No”. A Senate that set the record for most filibusters ever preceded this worst House.

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An open letter to President Obama on energy

By Jennifer Krill

November 8, 2012

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations again on your reelection.   After our discussion yesterday regarding mining, today I’ve got some wisdom for you on energy.

It is clear from your victory speech that you support more drilling in unconventional oil and gas deposits across the country like the Marcellus Shale that underlies significant portions of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Mr. President, the country cannot afford to continue to ‘drill baby drill’. Here are three reasons why:

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