Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:32pm

Marylanders Against Fracking and Delegate Shane Robinson Warn of Fracking’s Negative Impacts

Baltimore, MD—State and national groups concerned by Governor O’Malley’s imminent plans to begin drafting fracking regulations launched the Marylanders Against Fracking coalition today to call on the governor to cease any further work to allow fracking in the state. Representatives from Food & Water Watch, Potomac Riverkeeper, Patuxtent Riverkeeper, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Progressive Democrats of America - MD...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:48pm

Cove Point project would hike energy costs, threaten public safety, harm Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Energy announced today it had granted conditional approval to the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries, pending an environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The $3.8 billion project would transform a sleepy natural gas import facility on the Chesapeake Bay into a massive export hub and hasten the already hectic pace of fracking...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 2:50pm
Keeping It Clean on the Potomac: Riding with the Potomac Riverkeeper
By Carole Funger, Potomac Almanac, August 21-27, 2013, p 3
As the late-summer waters of thePotomac flow lazily by, it’s good to know there are watchmen keeping guard over the river. These watchmen, known as Riverkeepers, patrol 383 miles of territory, the source of drinking water for almost six million people. The Riverkeepers have one mandate: To protect and preserve the quality of the water by bringing a halt to ongoing pollution in the Potomac and...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 8:23am

(Annapolis, MD)  Sixteen conservation organizations* today announced their support for the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) decision to amend the proposed Phosphorus Management Tool regulation.  The revised regulation will reduce phosphorus pollution in waterways and the Chesapeake Bay by better controlling the use of manure applied to farm fields laden with phosphorus.

The regulation, which updates an existing tool already in use by farmers, comes in response to recent research by the University of Maryland showing there is a much greater risk of farm...

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 8:51am

Chicken manure threatens Potomac River in West Virginia case; Groups file legal brief to protect public health and environment

(Wheeling, WV) – A coalition of local and national public interest organizations yesterday filed a brief in federal court supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-held authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate waste from commercial animal farms and seeking to confirm that a large West Virginia poultry operation should comply with all applicable regulations.

The Center for Food Safety,...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:32pm

In 2008, Potomac Riverkeeper filed a notice of intent to sue Mirant’s Faulkner coal fly ash disposal facility near Morgantown, in Charles County, Maryland. The disposal site, now owned by NRG Energy, was leaching toxic pollution into the Zekiah Swamp. Fly ash from coal-fired power plants contains heavy metals, high levels of sulfates, hydrocarbons, radionuclides, and other pollution toxic to both humans and the environment.

After we filed our notice, the State of Maryland filed a suit against the facility, which began a long and convoluted road in which we tried to intervene...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:17am

Regional Petitions Seek to Close Loophole that Exempts Existing Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities from Controlling Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2013) --  Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 9:43am

First-of-its-kind Facility on East Coast Would Hurt Chesapeake and Hasten Nearby Fracking – Impacts Exacerbated with Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- A coalition of local, regional, and national groups sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today underscoring further scientific evidence that supports their opposition to the proposed Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.  The letter...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 8:55am

Hundreds attend limited public hearing on power plant water pollution

Washington, D.C. - On April 22, after more than 30 years of delay, the EPA proposed a new rule under the federal Clean Water Act that contains a variety of options for cleaning up toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Power plants are some of the biggest sources of water pollution in the country, having already poisoned hundreds of lakes, rivers, bays, streams and aquifers. These are...

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:00am

(Annapolis, MD) – Today the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) announced that it has filed a petition in the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of several Maryland Waterkeeper groups*, challenging the  May 2, 2013 Court of Special Appeals ruling that permanently prevents public access to agricultural pollution control information. In announcing the petition, EIP released the following statement made by its clients:  

Americans expect transparent government. A recent Maryland court ruling undermines this goal by permanently preventing public access to...

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