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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 1101
June 2, 2010
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
May 20, 2010
Press Release: On Thursday, the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform, a national alliance working to provide a voice for farmers involved in contract agriculture, offered rare testimonials on the impact that lack of competition in the poultry industry has on family farms. The next day, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) held the first workshop ever to address the issue of competition in poultry markets.
May 17, 2010
Media Alert: The USDA and the Department of Justice will hold the second in a series of historic workshops on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. The workshop will focus on the poultry industry. Join the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform the day before the workshop for a press conference with contract poultry growers and learn how large poultry companies control the industry and employ unfair practices against growers, making government attention so urgent.
Press Release: National consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed suit today in a Houston federal court seeking a temporary injunction to halt operations of BP’s massive Atlantis oil drilling platform until critical safety documents are produced.
May 11, 2010
Media Statement: “President Obama’s proposed split of the United States Mineral Management Service (MMS) into two parts—one responsible for enforcing the safety of oil rigs, and another to oversee drilling leases—is insufficient to address the long-standing lack of regulatory oversight by the agency of the oil industry.