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December 17, 2014
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Public Health and Advocacy Organizations Urge Legislature to Keep Fracking Out of Maryland

Concerned by both the rapidly expanding evidence of harm and by the growing uncertainties caused by unconventional natural gas development and production, a number of health and advocacy organizations have announced support for a long-term moratorium or ban on drilling and fracking for natural gas in Maryland.

Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration will ban fracking in New York, heeding the strong recommendation from the public health officials in his administration that there is no scientific evidence showing that fracking can be done without risk to public health.

The coalition of health and advocacy organizations believes that Maryland should follow New York’s lead, as the science in Maryland is the same as the science in New York. Groups representing physicians, nurses, public health professionals and Maryland residents are calling for the legislative leadership to pass strong legislation that will implement a moratorium or ban on all drilling and fracking in the state.

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Gov. Cuomo’s Decision to Prohibit Fracking in New York Makes Him a National Leader

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch “Our growing national movement has persevered. We applaud Governor Cuomo for acknowledging the overwhelming science that speaks to the inherent dangers of fracking to public health and the environment. Fracking has no place in New York or anywhere, and the governor has smartly seized a golden […]

December 16, 2014

EPA, USDA, and the White House Team Up to Promote Bad Nutrient Trading Program in VA

“Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have mistakenly put their faith in a voluntary, market-based trading scheme in Virginia that will do little to actually reduce pollution. Our government agencies have relied on voluntary programs for agriculture to clean up the Bay and other waterways for 40 years, yet agriculture remains the number one source of nutrient pollution. Instead of relying on an unproven, voluntary nutrient credit trading program, EPA, USDA and the White House would be better off by implementing and enforcing laws that already exist, including the Clean Water Act.

“Food & Water Watch has reviewed similar nutrient trading programs in the Chesapeake Bay region and the Ohio River Basin. In every case, these schemes have allowed polluters to avoid compliance with the law while paying farmers for pollution reductions that are never properly verified. We expect the program in Virginia to be no different.”

December 12, 2014
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Governor O’Malley Opens Maryland to Fracking

Governor O’Malley’s regulations sent today to be published in the Maryland Register will open the state to the oil and gas industry and present Marylanders with huge risks to their health, water, air and communities. There is no such thing as safe fracking. Governor O’Malley’s decision to allow fracking in Maryland is particularly alarming given that pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan takes office in January.

December 10, 2014
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Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands

Representatives Pocan and Schakowsky Take the Strongest Federal Action to Date Against Fracking in the U.S. Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress […]

December 2, 2014
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Coast-to-Coast Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Changes to Country of Origin Labels in Budget Battle

Today, a coalition of 207 farm, faith, environmental, labor, rural and consumer organizations delivered a letter to the Senate urging the legislators to reject any effort to repeal, rescind or weaken country of origin labeling (COOL) in any federal spending legislation.

November 25, 2014
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Governor O’Malley Caves to Oil and Gas Interests, Opens up Maryland to Fracking

“Governor Martin O’Malley’s announcement today that his administration will release regulations on fracking next month ignores the tens of thousands of Marylanders calling on him to keep fracking out of the state.

“The Maryland Governor, who touts himself as a progressive champion of the environment, cowardly announced right before the Thanksgiving holiday that Maryland will move forward with fracking. He leaves control of fracking’s regulation in the hands of pro-fracking Governor-elect Larry Hogan, someone who sees fracking as a “goldmine” for the state’s coffers. The fact that O’Malley is praising Maryland’s fracking rules as the strictest in the country means nothing considering Hogan will likely change the rules or dismantle them completely.”

“O’Malley said that, “Maryland can’t afford to stick its head in the sand here,” but it is the Governor, himself, who is turning a blind eye to the mountain of scientific evidence showing fracking cannot be safely regulated. Given Governor O’Malley’s failure to adequately protect Marylanders from the harms of fracking, it is now incumbent upon the incoming Maryland legislature to keep fracking out of the state.”

November 24, 2014

FSIS Officials Supported Immigration Reform for Chinese Poultry in 2006

Documents inadvertently released by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week reveal that there is conclusive evidence that USDA was very close to approving the importation of Chinese poultry raised and slaughtered in that country in 2006.

November 20, 2014
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Newly Released Documents Reveal Collusion Between FDA and Pfizer on Arsenic-Based Animal Feed

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of a study that links inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply.

November 19, 2014
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Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Kasich and ODNR Over Radioactive Fracking Waste

Today, a lawsuit was filed in Franklin County court against Governor Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) for the illegal approval of at least 23 fracking waste facilities. Fresh Water Accountability Project (FWAP) and Food & Water Watch (F&WW) brought the suit.

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