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Don’t Weaken the Clean Water Act
A bill before the US Senate that is designed to restore the Chesapeake Bay may end up doing more harm than good, unless you take action right now!

The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009 (S. 1816), introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), weakens the Clean Water Act, a tool we rely on to stop pollution from going into our waters.

You can help us keep the Clean Water Act strong by asking your member of congress and senators to oppose the Cardin Bill.

If Sen. Cardin and his counterpart in the House, Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7), are your elected representatives, please tell them that weakening the Clean Water Act won’t help the Bay, or any of the rivers and streams that feed it!  Both have been good friends to clean water groups and good friends are honest with one another.

Read a letter four environmental law experts sent to Sen. Cardin and the man whose amendments helped weaken the Cardin Bill, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

Read our Q&A on the Cardin Bill as well as our fact sheet on the bill compared to the Clean Water Act. Once informed, please contact your members of congress and let them know you oppose the bill.

You can also read a recent op-ed from The Baltimore Sun, created by 13 Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our national alliance, to learn more about our position.

The Clean Water Act provides the legal basis for so much of the work we do. Weakening it will make it more difficult to stop polluters and keep our drinking water clean.

Please take action today!

Hydrofracking Petition

Hydrofracking Virginia● Shenandoah Valley Concerned Citizens
April 28, 2010 9:17 pm
Petition to ban horizontal drilling and hydrofracking in Rockingham County
by admin in Uncategorized

Shenandoah River

The North Fork of the Shenandoah, downstream from the proposed drilling site.
Click on the more link to read the petition and sign your name!

Bruce W. Ritchie
24234 German River Rd
Criders, Va 22820

We the undersigned ask you to sign our petition.


1. With a failure rate of between 2 to 8 percent, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking pose an unacceptable risk to our drinking water and the quality of wells, groundwater, aquifers, ponds and streams.

2. Drilling will introduce over 250 chemicals into our air and water, placing local residents, wildlife, and critical agriculture and watershed areas at risk.

3. Communities where hydrofracking has occurred have experienced explosions, fires, spills, stream contamination,
and well pollution as well as degradation of aquifers and other water supplies.

4. Local emergency services, including volunteer fire departments, EMS units, and healthcare providers, will be
severely stressed and placed at considerable risk from accidents.

5. Gas drilling in Virginia will involve construction of a massive infrastructure of wellheads, pipelines, compressing stations, and processing centers spread across much of rural Rockingham County.

6. Infrastructure development would likely involve extensive clearcutting, 24-hour noise and light pollution, huge increases
of truck traffic, and the permanent altering of existing landscapes.

7. Industrialization is incompatible with agriculture, tourism, recreation; drilling and related development will significantly alter existing use patterns of rural areas including severe stresses on roadways.

8. Compulsory integration of neighboring landowners to allow gas extraction against their wishes is an unlawful seizure of land and an unconstitutional abuse of power.

9. Extensive drilling will undermine property values and increase tax burdens on local citizens, creating boom and bust economic cycles in local communities.

10. NYC’s Dept. of Environmental Protection has concluded that hydrofracking is too dangerous for the city’s Catskill/Delaware watershed. Why would Virginia be any different?

11. The original EPA assessment was fatally flawed in its open support of drilling, its minimization and dismissal of risks, and its failure to consider the total cost of drilling for decades to come.

12. In view of these problems Rockingham County could be seriously understaffed and underfunded, and is in no position to regulate and effectively monitor drilling in Bergton/Criders. While other states are scrambling to fix the problem we must NOT go full speed ahead.

13. Natural gas is not “clean energy” but rather just another polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel contributing to atmospheric CO2 and Methane.

We call on you to put the people first and protect our health, environment, communities, and future by banning horizontal drilling and hydrofracking to release gas from Marcellus Shale formation in Rockingham County Virginia.
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Coal Ash Petition

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Action: Public Comments
Issue: Coal Ash
Deadline: Sept. 21, 2010
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Time is Short on Coal Ash Safeguards!The clock is ticking on cleaning up coal ash. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it official on June 21, giving us 90 days to comment on the first-ever federal rule for coal ash disposal at hundreds of dumps and landfills across the country. We’ve got just three months to send 50,000 emails to the EPA, telling them to set strong, federally enforceable safeguards against this hazardous waste.

But the EPA’s proposed coal ash rule is far from perfect. Instead of setting a clear direction on cleaning up coal ash, the EPA instead offered two options: one that uses the strongest protections under the law to curb the coal ash threat, and another that maintains the status quo, offering no federally enforceable requirements to clean up the coal ash mess.

We’re part of a national coalition of more than 250 environmental and public health groups working together to fight the lobbyists for the coal and power industries who want little or no oversight over coal ash dumping. They’ve met with EPA and White House officials and will do everything they can to keep the status quo, which allows them in many states to dump their toxic waste without any concerns for nearby communities. They don’t want to clean up the coal ash mess they’ve made over the last 50 years and will be fighting for more delay, more cutbacks and less protections for our health and environment.

Let’s tell the EPA that we want strong, federally enforceable safeguards that guarantee coal ash will not pollute our drinking water, our rivers, our streams, our wildlife and our communities. This hazardous waste has been ignored for far too long, and millions of Americans may be at risk of cancer, developmental problems, organ damage and other health threats.Arrow icon.

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  • There are currently no federally enforceable regulations for coal ash, and contamination from coal ash dumps and waste ponds is already poisoning drinking water supplies and damaging wildlife such as fish and birds at contaminated sites across the country.
  • The lack of federally enforceable safeguards is exactly what led to the disaster in Tennessee, where in December 2008 a dam holding more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash failed, destroying 300 acres of land, dozens of homes, killed fish and other wildlife, and poisoned the Emory and Clinch Rivers.
  • Living near an unlined coal ash waste pond and drinking water contaminated with arsenic can be more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a risk assessment done by the EPA.
  • Coal ash is contaminating our drinking water supplies, and it is only getting worse as the waste stream grows in volume and toxicity.
  • People living near unlined coal ash ponds, where water is contaminated by arsenic, have an extremely high risk of cancer, up to 1 in 50. This is 2,000 times greater than EPA’s acceptable cancer risk.
  • The toxins in coal ash, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium, selenium and others, have been linked to cancer, organ disease, respiratory illness, neurological damage, and reproductive and developmental problems.
  • Coal ash contamination by the bioaccumulative toxin selenium has wiped out entire fish populations and caused long-term ecosystem damage.
  • Coal ash contamination disproportionally impacts the poorest communities.
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