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June 9, 2010
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European Parliament to Vote on Controversial Factory Fish Farm Practice

Press Release: On Thursday, a week before the European Parliament is set to debate a new report that will lay the foundation for a European-wide policy for sustainable aquaculture, Food & Water Europe released a report detailing the damage caused by a particularly controversial type of aquaculture supported by the agency. Known as open ocean aquaculture (or factory fish farming), the practice consists of the mass-production of fish using floating cages or net pens in open waters.

June 8, 2010
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U.S. Should Follow UK’s Lead to Increase Oversight of Offshore Oil Operations

Media Statement: “Today, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne announced the UK would double the number of inspections it makes to offshore oil rigs, while also increasing the number of personnel tasked to those duties. Food & Water Watch applauds the UK’s move to protect its waters and coastal communities from the oil industry’s sometimes reckless indifference to environmental and consumer safety.

June 7, 2010
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New “responsible” soya label meets global rejection

Press Release: Brussels and Montevideo – Today an initial 219 groups from 30 countries issued a public letter to the members of the Roundtable of Responsible Soya rejecting the new “responsible” label for industrial soya, due to be launched at the RTRS conference in Brazil on 9-10 June. They call the label “Green-Wash”, saying it will make matters worse, not better.

June 4, 2010
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United Water’s Service Failures Indicative of Problems Suffered Under Privatized Utilities

Press Release: Billing problems, poor system maintenance, repair delays, workforce reductions and other cost-cutting measures are just some of the many problems plaguing United Water, reveals a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Entitled United Water: Suez Environment’s Poor Record in the United States, the report details how this subsidiary of the French corporation Suez Environment, and the second-largest private operator of municipal water systems in the U.S., compromises consumer and environmental safety at the expense of profits.

June 2, 2010
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Food & Water Watch Calls on Feds to Shutter all BP Deepwater Drilling in the Gulf Until Proven Safe

In the wake of the large-scale devastation afflicted on the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast communities by the Horizon oil spill, the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch today announced a new set of policy recommendations to prevent future similar catastrophes and to overhaul the federal government’s oversight of the offshore oil and gas drilling industry.

May 27, 2010
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Obama Administration’s Continual Failure to Take Action on Atlantis Demands Independent Third Party Investigation of Platform’s Possible Safety Risks

Media Statement: “In a press conference held earlier today, President Obama announced that his administration would suspend action on thirty-three deepwater exploratory wells currently being drilled in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet at no point in his remarks, did he address the current threat posed by BP’s Atlantis Platform, despite previous calls by Food & Water Watch and 26 members of Congress to listen to an expert who has said that activity on the platform should be suspended until it can be proven safe to operate. With the threat of hurricane season looming, it is more important than ever that these possible safety problems be resolved.

May 26, 2010
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PepsiCo Bluewashing Strikes Again

Press Statement: Washington, D.C.—“The attention received by the recent inauguration of five WaterHealth Centers in Ghana by PepsiCo and the Safe Water Network is best viewed in the larger context of PepsiCo’s overall environmental and water footprint. This is yet another attempt by a large corporation to “bluewash” their reputation. PepsiCo has faced extensive and well-deserved criticism around the world for depleting groundwater resources, undertaking unsustainable inter-basin water transfers and polluting water sources, all of which leave these local communities and ecosystems suffering from increased water scarcity and degraded water quality. Clearly PepsiCo makes unconscionable profits through the abuse and access to water in many parts of the world, and a small project in Ghana does not alter this terrible reality.

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Congressional Oversight of MMS Needed to Ensure Proper BP Atlantis Investigation

Media Statement: “We are outraged by yesterday’s Department of the Interior report noting that staff in the Lake Charles District office of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) have accepted inappropriate gifts from oil companies. Especially disturbing is the revelation that oil and gas company personnel filled out their own inspection forms; equally disturbing is the evidence that between June and July 2008, an MMS inspector conducted four inspections on Island Operating Company platforms while in the process of negotiating and later accepting employment with the company. This cronyism has made a joke of the regulatory system and is directly responsible for the Chernobyl we’re seeing play out in the Gulf.

May 25, 2010
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Senator Vitter Introduces Historic Bill Declaring Moratorium on Ocean Fish Farming in U.S.

Press Release: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced the Research and Aquaculture Opportunity and Responsibility Act, which would provide relief to struggling marine ecosystems, including those threatened by the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

May 21, 2010
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Move to Keep NYC Water Service Public a Victory for Ratepayers

Media Statement “Food & Water Watch applauds the New York City Department of Environment in its decision to reserve course and keep the operation and management of its Croton water treatment plant and the Delaware-Catskill UV plant under public control. This decision was clearly made in the best interests of ratepayers.

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