Saturday 23 September 2017

Press Statements (57)

Lots of people are talking about the Conowingo Dam lately. Political rhetoric and misinformation is flowing faster than the Susquehanna River in flood stage. Our coalition has developed a new website to share the facts about the Susquehanna River, the Conowingo Dam, and the federal relicensing process currently under way. Please visit ConowingoDam.org -- your new credible source for information on this important issue.   Our coalition is Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and American Rivers. Let us know if you would like to join this effort. Contact chris(at)thehatchergroup.com.  
Federal regulator approves massive $3.8 billion construction of liquefied natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay without considering all environmental and safety impacts For immediate release September 30, 2014 Washington, DC – Waterkeepers Chesapeake denounces yesterday’s decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to authorize the controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility proposed at Cove Point in southern Maryland. Waterkeepers across the Chesapeake Bay region say that FERC’s decision fails to address the LNG export facility’s role in speeding fracking across the region, polluting the Bay, worsening the climate crisis, and threatening the safety of nearby residents in Calvert County with potential explosion and fire catastrophes. There has been widespread criticism of FERC’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for Dominion Cove Point LNG’s plan to convert an existing import facility into an export facility and to pipe fracked gas from the Marcellus shale region to southern Maryland, liquefy it, and export it to be burned in Japan and India. The agency’s failure to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement ignores the foreseeable cumulative impacts this project would have on the environment and local economies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Any thorough and credible examination of the impacts of this project pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will show that the public and the environment will come out a significant loser, while the gas industry profits. “In the rush to export our natural gas, public officials and agencies are failing to protect the health and safety of the residents…
  Virginia has more than 100 large chicken and hog factory farm operations, but not one has a required federal Clean Water Act water pollution control permit that would reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. For Immediate Release:  September 18, 2014. The Environmental Integrity Project, the Assateague Coastal Trust, Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and Waterkeepers Chesapeake petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday to assume control over Virginia’s water pollution control program because of the Commonwealth’s failure to develop and implement a Clean Water Act permitting program for factory farms. These large livestock enterprises often have thousands of chickens and hogs packed into what are called Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). CAFOs produce hundreds of millions of pounds of manure that contribute significant amounts of nutrient runoff to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  In turn, the manure runoff causes dangerous algae blooms and creates dead zones in which aquatic life cannot survive. “To restore the health of the Bay, EPA needs to enforce Clean Water Act requirements – on the books since 1972 – that require permits and pollution controls for big animal feeding operations,” said Eric V. Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project. Agriculture is the single largest source of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, according to EPA.  In Virginia, farms contribute 15 million pounds per year of nitrogen pollution in the Bay, and 2 million pounds of phosphorus – with much of this problem coming from poultry…