Tuesday 16 October 2018

Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper Jay Ford said he isn't surprised that local officials' efforts have fallen short of environmentalists' expectations. The Environmental Protection Agency is better equipped to regulate large animal-feeding operations, but the agency has been dragging its feet for years on implementing new rules. "It’s abundantly clear we’re in a gray area where regulation hasn’t caught up," he said. “Our localities are in an unfair position. You can’t ask these places that have maybe one planner and two office assistants to take reams of scientific data and turn that into a good poultry ordinance.”

READ MORE delmarvanow.com, February 2016

A malfunctioning transfer pump caused heating oil to seep into a drain in the floor, where it fed into the sump pump, discharging the oil into the stream, Apperson said.

"I smelled it as I got out of my car and thought 'Oh man there must be a lot," said South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff. Crab Creek feeds into the South River. The leak continued for at least nine hours, releasing at least 50 gallons, Iliff said. MDE estimated less than 250 gallons of oil leaked into the stream, which is three-quarters of a mile long before it reaches Crab Creek.

READ MORE: Capital Gazette, Janaury 29, 2016

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Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s Choptank Riverkeeper Matthew Pluta said he submitted a Public Information Act request for all information and all correspondence related to oyster restoration work in Maryland between the governor’s office and Talbot Watermen’s Association President Floyd “Bunky” Chance and Delmarva Fisheries Association Chairman Robert Newberry. Pluta said he also submitted a request for information of the same scope to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re so dumbfounded by the situation that we did a (Public Information Act) request to find out what’s going on,” said Jeffrey Horstman, executive director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. “We want to have access to these records ... We’re working to find out if there is any legitimate information that maybe we don’t have. But right now, we don’t see any legitimate reason to shut down (the oyster restoration work in the Tred Avon River), and we’re waiting on the results of the PIA request.”

READ MORE: The Star Democrat, stardem.com, February 3, 2016