New Press Releases
May 1, 2015
Press Releases : Gov. Jerry Brown’s Tunnels Plan Remains Scheme to Subsidize Water for Big Agriculture
“Instead of pushing this outdated tunnels project, the Governor should limit agricultural irrigation on the west side and stop sending enormous amounts of public water to agriculture tycoons at the expense of California taxpayers and the fragile ecosystem and fish populations supported by the San Francisco Bay Delta.”
April 29, 2015
Press Releases : Two Fracking Bills Defeated in Florida
Today, Florida state legislators responded to the growing movement of Florida voters who are standing up against fracking and the oil and gas industry. By killing two pro-fracking bills that would have allowed new dirty forms of fracking in Florida, and would have also barred local communities from enacting their own local fracking bans, legislators have protected Florida from the public health and environmental risks associated with drilling and fracking. “Just like in New York and Maryland, the science showing the dangers of fracking has won out over the powerful oil and gas lobby. A large coalition of grassroots groups devoted to fighting against fracking have once again showed that voters have a say in ensuring that fracking will not be allowed to contaminate our air, pollute our water, and harm our communities.”
New Fact Sheets
May 1, 2015
Any sort of leakage from Line 5, which carries light crude oil and natural gas liquids, would spew toxins into the Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world and the drinking water source for over 35 million people.
April 27, 2015
Among the adverse environmental impacts from building the Constitution Pipeline -- a 124-mile transportation system for moving fracked Marcellus shale gas from Pennsylvania into the Northeast market -- is potential harm to several rare species of bats, one of which is federally identified as threatened and another as endangered.
New Issue Briefs
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May 1, 2015
In 2013, ReThink Energy Florida was one of the few organizations fighting pro-fracking bills in the Florida Legislature in reaction to public attention on drilling near the Everglades. The bills failed to garner enough votes to make it into law. Each year since, state legislators have attempted to pass similar meaningless, pro-industry regulations. Each year, they have failed. But 2015 will mark the year that the tide turned in the battle to keep fracking out of Florida! We were among the Floridians shocked in 2014 upon learning that, while we’d been going to public hearings on one well permit, another had been secretly and illegally fracked. With this illegal procedure, a more dangerous form of unconventional drilling called ‘acid fracking’ was introduced to the Everglades. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a cease and desist, but the oil company continued in defiance. DEP fined the company for $25,000 – an amount that seemed like couch-change to the public.
April 30, 2015
Blogs : Mapping Out Fracking’s Dangers
No amount of regulation will protect our public lands, health, drinking water and climate from the impacts of fracking. About 90 percent of federally managed lands are available for oil and gas leasing, while only 10 percent are reserved for conservation, recreation, wildlife and cultural heritage.
April 29, 2015
It’s time for Governor Jerry Brown to exercise courageous leadership that fixes the long-time mismanagement and corporate abuse of water that threatens the future of California’s economy and agriculture. There are no easy shortcuts: the governor must govern.
April 28, 2015
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has launched a new campaign, Truth from the Tap, to undermine advocates for publicly owned and managed water.