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Food & Water Watch provided skilled activists to help us organize and amplify our voices against fracking in Monterey County, California. Their presence brought added credibility and effectiveness in educating and activating local residents to preserve our precious agriculture and water resources. Food & Water Watch understands that on-the-ground grassroots organizing is essential to success.
Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 1021
January 16, 2015
Today the Obama administration announced a slew of proposals that will endanger our water systems by promoting and facilitating the management of critical drinking water resources by companies that often have a poor track record. Through the creation of a new Water Finance Center at the EPA to foster water privatization deals, and through new tax breaks on bonds for privatized projects, the Obama administration seeks to pave the way for big Wall Street firms and foreign water corporations to take control of our essential water resources. These misguided proposals will not benefit the average American, or our public water utilities, but will merely pad the pockets of those who seek to profit off the provision of water and sewer services.
The acquisition of Chiquita Brands International by two Brazilian firms not only increases the consolidation of our food supply, but could have devastating consequences for the state of North Carolina and its residents.
January 15, 2015
Dicamba-tolerant soy and cotton are simply the latest example of USDA’s allegiance to the biotechnology industry and dependence upon chemical solutions. This continues the disturbing trend of more herbicide-tolerant crop approvals taking place under President Obama’s watch.
January 14, 2015
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Washington, D.C.– “The Obama administration’s proposed methane rules are yet another half-measure, aimed at trying to clean up an inherently dirty fuel, essentially slapping lipstick on the proverbial pig and calling it ‘climate friendly.” If adopted, these regulations would wrongly promote natural gas as a ‘clean’ alternative […]
January 13, 2015
Citing Growing Science, a Broad Coalition of 61 Health, Environment, Faith and Advocacy Groups Unite to Call on the State Legislature to Pass a Long-Term Moratorium on Fracking in Maryland
Seeking to protect Marylanders from the public health and environmental risks of fracking, 61 organizations are calling for a long-term moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Maryland. In a position statement released today, the groups emphasized that, “there is no evidence that the state can regulate hydraulic fracturing in a way that adequately protects public health, natural resources, or the economy.”
The diverse coalition of local, state and national public health organizations, faith, environmental, and other advocacy groups citing numerous peer-reviewed studies and reports, are calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass a long-term moratorium to protect citizens from the many recorded dangers associated with fracking. “A recent analysis found that 96 percent of all papers published on health impacts indicate potential risks or adverse health outcomes.”
“Recent studies suggest that unconventional natural gas development can cause both short-term and long-term adverse health impacts, some of which may be irreversible,” said Dr. Gina Angiola, a member of the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. “These types of health impacts carry tremendous emotional and economic costs for families and communities. We urge the Maryland Legislature to adopt a long-term moratorium to allow time for more scientific and medical knowledge to emerge on the impacts of fracking.”
“As a nurse-midwife, I am deeply concerned about the elevated risks of birth defects and low birth weight babies seen in families near fracking sites. We need to protect our future generations and put a hold on fracking in Maryland,” said Katie Huffling, RN, CNM Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. “I urge the Maryland legislature to put the health of all Maryland’s citizens first and support a long-term moratorium on fracking Maryland.”
January 6, 2015
“Yesterday, Florida Rep. Evan Jenne introduced legislation calling for a ban on fracking in Florida. By prohibiting “well stimulation treatments for exploration or production of oil or natural gas,” the bill prohibits hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing and acid matrix fracturing. Food & Water Watch, along with its allies in the fight against fracking, applauds Rep. Jenne’s initiative in introducing legislation to protect Florida and its citizens from the dangers associated with drilling and fracking.
January 5, 2015
The swearing-in of the 114th Congress spells trouble for our food, water and environment. We may be looking at the most hostile Congress ever in terms of protecting the environment from fracking.
December 17, 2014
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.
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
“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.”