Thursday 22 February 2018

Press Statements (61)

In a surprising announcement late Friday afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan announced his full support of a statewide ban on fracking in Maryland. Waterkeepers Chesapeake released this statement: “We thank Governor Hogan for recognizing that the “possible environmental risks simply outweigh any potential benefits” and for giving his full support for a ban on fracking in Maryland. We are grateful that the tireless grassroots organizing led by the Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition has finally resonated with the governor and he recognizes the need to protect our clean water supplies from this toxic industrial practice. We have one more critical step to make a ban on fracking a reality. The Maryland Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and vote to support a statewide ban on fracking. We urge Marylanders to call their senators.”
MEDIA STATEMENT ‘EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Will be Watched Carefully’ Nomination mobilized extraordinary citizen effort against confirmation Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 19 Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers and Shorekeepers from around the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watersheds, will be closely monitoring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under newly-confirmed administrator Scott Pruitt. When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was tapped by President Donald Trump on December 7, 2016, Waterkeepers from around the Bay were gravely concerned about his ability to effectively administer the agency. Pruitt had unsuccessfully joined multiple lawsuits to halt the agency’s efforts to enforce the Clean Water and the Clean Air acts. Residents from around the Chesapeake Bay expressed concerns about the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing cleanup efforts with Pruitt helming the pollution-fighting agency. With strong grassroots mobilization, Waterkeepers Chesapeake encouraged thousands of residents in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia to write letters to their U.S. Senators asking them to vote “no” on Pruitt. “A man who describes himself as a ‘leading advocate against the EPA’ is not the right person to head the EPA,” said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “We are very disappointed that there weren’t enough Senators to recognize the threat Mr. Pruitt poses to clean air and water.” Nonetheless, Nicholas praised the outpouring of support: “We had thousands of letters, phone calls and in person exchanges coming from residents. We saw an unprecedented citizen mobilization on this nomination. We are grateful to these citizen advocates.” “To me, that says Pruitt is…
(Updated March 10, 2017) Waterkeepers® Chesapeake and our 19 independent RIVERKEEPER®, SHOREKEEPER®, COASTKEEPER® organizations follow legislation at the local, state and federal level. At the beginning of each year, the legislatures in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are in session. We are tracking bills in the interest of clean water in order to maintain and restore swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters in the Chesapeake Bay. As the legislative sessions move along, we may want you to write your legislator to help us support specific bills. Be on the lookout for our legislative Action Alerts or subscribe to your local independent Waterkeeper lists to stay up to date on actions they are supporting. MARYLANDThe state of Maryland’s General Assembly’s 90 day session meets January 11 to April 10. Fracking ban. The current moratorium on fracking in Maryland will expire October 2017. A bill (Senate Bill 740) to ban fracking in the state of Maryland is working its way through the 2017 Maryland General Assembly. Send an email to your Maryland legislator today and tell them you support #cleanwater and want fracking to stay out of our state. On March 10, the House version of this bill passed in the Maryland General Assembly. Septic regulations. The “On-site Sewage Disposal-Best Available Technology” (House Bill 281) is in the Maryland House of Delegates and is supported by Waterkeepers around the region. In August, Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back state requirements for new construction to use Best Available Technology (BAT) when installing new septic systems.  This legislation would require…