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March 20, 2013
Media Statement: Today, the Senate passed a continuing resolution that was laden with special interest policy riders. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) abdicated their responsibility by offering a stale spending bill from last year that is loaded with special legislative giveaways to big agribusiness companies. The heavy-handed and undemocratic process used to force the Senate to accept a deeply flawed proposal allowed votes on only nine amendments.
March 19, 2013
Press Release: Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, the Baltimore City Council passed legislation to ban the treatment, disposal, discharge and storage of fracking wastewater in Baltimore City. Baltimore has now taken a critical step in protecting citizens from dangers associated with processing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing or fracking. With this legislation, Baltimore speaks loud and clear: it will not become a dumping ground for the toxic waste produced by oil and gas wells upriver. Councilman James Kraft introduced the ordinance, along with co-sponsors Bill Henry, William “Pete” Welch, Edward L. Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, Nick Mosby, Robert W. Curran, Helen L. Holton.
Modern fracking to extract natural gas from shale formations can result in millions of gallons of wastewater for every new well that is drilled and fracked. This fracking wastewater contains not only the chemicals used in fracking fluid, but also harmful natural contaminants from deep underground that are carried to the surface after fracking. Contaminants used in fracking, including benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol, and 2-butoxyethanol, have been linked to cancer and have negative affects on the nervous system, kidney, and liver.
“We know that the wastewater resulting from fracking can have serious environmental and health consequences,” said Councilman Kraft. “This legislation will ensure that there will not be any disposal, storage, or treatment of this wastewater in Baltimore City.”
Maryland is not currently equipped to safely manage the hazardous waste produced by fracking and drilling, which would involve proper underground injection wells used for disposal of oil and gas wastewaters. The state’s wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to handle the contaminants typically contained in fracking wastewater, which includes naturally occurring radioactive material. Since fracking wastewater is exempted from federal-and state-level regulations pertaining to hazardous waste, thanks to the oil and gas industry, there would be no protections for Marylanders without legislation that specifically bans the processing or disposal of the toxic chemicals associated with fracking.
“We commend the Council for recognizing the potential for negative impacts related to fracking. And we thank Councilman Kraft and his colleagues for leading on this issue. By passing this ordinance they are protecting Baltimore from dangers associated with treating wastewater, which can contain extreme levels of harmful contaminants and chemicals,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “We hope that other Maryland cities and towns, from Cumberland to Frederick to Annapolis, follow Baltimore’s lead by taking action to protect their citizens.”
“The City already has its hands full with addressing the existing contamination in its waterways and threats to the health of its residents,” said Tina Meyers, Baltimore Harbour Waterkeeper for Blue Water Baltimore. “Accepting fracking wastewater would just be another burden that our wastewater treatment plants, our waterways, and our residents cannot bear.”
“There is no disputing that the transportation and attempt to treat fracking waste fluid with its use of water laced with unidentified chemicals is a threat to the health and safety of Maryland residents, subjecting drinking water resources, rivers, wells and aquifers to the risk of contamination,” stated Andy Galli of Clean Water Action. “In passing this ordinance the Baltimore City Council has certainly establish the proper public health and environmental safe-guards for protecting the citizens of Baltimore and neighboring counties.”
Contact: Rich Bindell, Food & Water Watch, 202-683-2457, [email protected]
March 15, 2013
Media Statement: “With its proposed Energy Security Trust, the Obama Administration continues to create the illusion that natural gas will provide a clean path to a low- carbon future.
March 14, 2013
Media Statement: “As science advisor to Americans Against Fracking, I salute Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for supporting a moratorium on hydraulic fracking in the Land of Lincoln.
March 12, 2013
A broad coalition of consumer, environmental, labor, farming, faith and business organizations announced the launch today of a statewide campaign to pass legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Pennsylvania. The coalition was joined by State Senator Daylin Leach, co-sponsor of a GE labeling bill that was introduced in the legislature this week with bipartisan support.
March 8, 2013
Media Statement: Food & Water Watch commends USDA for taking sensible steps to strengthen Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat. There is overwhelming consumer support for country of origin labels and a growing interest by consumers in knowing the source of their food. The USDA’s proposed rule will help families know where the meat in their supermarket came from.
March 6, 2013
Press Release: This week, in an eight to two vote, the Senate Conservation Committee voted to table SB 547, a bill presented by Senator William Soules that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New Mexico.
March 5, 2013
Press Release: Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda and Senator Maria Lorts Sachs have introduced bills in the Florida House and Senate that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Florida. The legislation was drafted with the support of consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and is strongly supported by a diverse coalition of over 200 organizations and businesses in Florida including the Sierra Club Florida Chapter, Florida Farmworkers Association, Global Organics and Florida Right to Know.
March 4, 2013
Media Statement: “President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Ernest Moniz to the position of Secretary of Energy contradicts his previously stated commitment to addressing the challenges associated with global climate change. A proponent of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the increasingly controversial method of natural gas extraction, Moniz does not have the independence or the vision to guide our nation’s energy future.
Press Release: Following the introduction of a bill that would, in effect, serve as a road map for introducing hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to the state, 15 Illinois-based and national organizations and individuals including Illinois People’s Action, Food & Water Watch, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE), 350.org, Breast Cancer Action and American’s Against Fracking advisory board members Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Steingraber and Josh Fox urged Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly to reconsider the legislation.