Sunday 25 June 2017
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Help Waterkeepers Chesapeake pass a bill in the Maryland General Assembly to maintain forested areas being depleted by overdevelopment.

We need you to call your Delegate and ask to get House Bill 599 passed out of committee. The number to call the Maryland General Assembly is 800-492-7122SaveTree

Here is the list of legislators to reach:

  • If you live in Rockville or Gaithersburg, please call Chairman Kumar Barve.
  • If you live in Baltimore County, please call Vice Chair Dana Stein.
  • If you live in Calvert County, please call Del. Jerry Stein.
  • If you live in Prince George's County, please call Del. Marvin Holmes.
  • If you live in Kent, Queen Anne's, Cecil or Caroline County, please call Del. Jay Jacobs.
  • If you live in Somerset or Worcester counties, please call Del. Charles Otto.
  • If you live in Montgomery County, please call Del. Shane Robinson.

The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. Under the new federal administration, this pipeline will be expedited and built as quickly as possibledespite overwhelming local opposition. We need to act now and submit comments by April 6th.

Not surprisingly, given Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) history of rubberstamping pipeline projects, it concluded that any impacts on the environment could be mitigated so that “the majority of project effects would be reduced to less-than-significant levels.”

Now is the time for people to comment on FERC’s grossly inadequate and incomplete draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The burden is on FERC to fully investigate the environmental risks and costs associated with the ACP, including all new and supplemental information. FERC has not done this.

In addition to FERC approval, in order for the ACP to be built across national forest lands, the US Forest Service must issue a special use permit and amend both national forest management plans for the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.

The public can submit comments on the DEIS to FERC by April 6th, including comments on the request to the Forest Service for a special use permit. There are several ways to do this. The fastest and easiest is by signing this petition and we will submit it to FERC.

Please submit comments by April 6th. Do it today by signing this petition!

It's worse than first reported: President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest program to restore a body of water in U.S. history, just as the effort reaches its halfway point.

Clean water is important to everyone. In fact, it is essential — not only for drinking water, beauty and recreation, but also because the Chesapeake Bay provides an estimated one trillion-dollar value in fisheries, shipping, tourism, and other industries.

For 30-plus years, the Chesapeake Bay suffered from massive dead zones, habitat loss and more — all due to poor water quality caused by pollution.

That changed with the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, known by its acronym: TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load). Since the TMDL’s implementation, we are finally seeing improvements in Bay and our rivers and streams.

Trump is asking Congress to reverse our success by slashing EPA funding.

The multi-state restoration work of the Bay and our rivers and streams is just beginning to pay dividends in the form of cleaner water and restored habitat. We can’t reverse course.

We need you to send a letter to your U.S. Representatives and Senators with a strong message. Don't cut Chesapeake Bay funding! 

Urge them to maintain funding for the nation’s largest estuary, and the economic engine of the watershed — the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.

We need your help! The current moratorium on fracking will expire October 2017. The time is now to pass a ban on fracking during the 2017 Maryland legislative session.

Send an email today to demand a ban on fracking to protect our water, air and people.

A growing body of peer-reviewed evidence finds that fracking simply cannot be done without risk to public health and the environment—and that regulations are not capable of preventing harm.

No state has developed and enforced regulations protective enough of the environment and public health to warrant allowing it. In fact, Maryland’s proposed regulations are remarkably weak and would put our drinking water, air and health in danger. Rather than use the time during the moratorium to conduct a thorough risk assessment of fracking, Governor Hogan’s administration instead issued proposed changes to draft regulations written during Governor O’Malley’s tenure that would further weaken, not strengthen state fracking rules.

Send an email today to demand a ban on fracking!

While Garrett and Allegany counties would be immediately and disproportionately burdened if fracking proceeds, the long-term impacts would be felt across Maryland. Federal approval of the Cove Point natural gas export terminal will spur development of natural gas pipelines and compressor stations across the state, resulting in additional air and water impacts

Sustainable jobs from tourism and agriculture, as well as from future economic development and green jobs, could be lost due to the industrialization that accompanies drilling and fracking. While the oil and gas industry seeks to profit from selling Maryland's gas, we would be the ones left with the legacy of pollution.

Governor Hogan and the gas industry want to start fracking as soon as the current two-year moratorium expires. If the industry succeeds, generations of Marylanders would pay the environmental and public health costs.

Our current two-year moratorium was a great start, but we need a statewide fracking ban to safeguard Maryland's long-term future. Please send an email to support a ban on fracking to protect the health and environment of Maryland residents.

 

Join us on March 2nd for the March on Annapolis to Ban Fracking Now! RSVP & sign up for bus ride here!

Make a donation to support our efforts to ban fracking!

We at Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 19 Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers and Shorekeepers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, ask the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Send your email today! Send a strong message to your elected representatives: reject this appointment. 

Pruitt, a self-confessed climate change denier and mouth piece for the oil and gas industry, is an insult to Americans who not only deserve, but have a right to clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking. 

The science of climate change is clear. With the rise of fake news, it is easy to muddle facts and confuse the public. Alongside the scientific community, the U.S. military has acknowledged and is preparing for a future with conflicts resulting from rising seas, population migration, severe drought, increasingly violent storms and more. 

According to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project, available here, jobs and a healthy environment are inextricably linked. It is important to note that environmental protection is good for our economy. Choosing one over the other is always a false choice.

EPA is our top pollution-fighting agency. Unfortunately, the president-elect has selected a fox to be in charge of the EPA henhouse. The person administering the agency should not only understand and acknowledge the threats of fossil fuels, pollution, and climate change, but be willing to administer the laws he is sworn to uphold. 

Waterkeepers throughout the Chesapeake and coastal bays watershed have remained vigilant to enforce local, state and federal laws. We work with citizens across five states to monitor watersheds and hold polluters accountable. We have significant work to continue to clean up the Chesapeake Bay from both point and non-point sources of pollution.

We will continue to do our job. 

We urge the Senate to do theirs. Send an email today to your U.S. Senator!