OAKLAND, CALIF. (May 8, 2017) — California environmental groups are challenging the adoption of industry-friendly rules that would allow fossil fuel companies to dump oil and gas wastewater into open and unlined pits in the Central Valley, putting precious drinking water and community health at risk.
Trenton, NJ - Clean Water Action, New Jersey's largest environmental group, announced today its endorsement of Phil Murphy in the 2017 NJ Democratic primary for governor.
“By allowing power plants to continue to dump chemicals into drinking water sources, Trump’s EPA is putting polluter profits above protecting public health,” said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action. “For decades, power plants have been dumping toxic metals and other harmful contaminants, including bromide, which creates cancer-causing byproducts during drinking water treatment. Absent strong safeguards to limit this pollution, drinking water systems and their customers will continue to bear the burden of unchecked power plant water pollution.”
Today, Clean Water Action responded to an announcement by Massachusetts Governor Baker, Environment Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson regarding the Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Initiative.[i]
"Coal-fired power plants are the worst toxic water polluters in the country and Scott Pruitt's latest reckless action shows us once again that the Trump administration cares more about maximizing profits for the fossil fuel industry than it does about protecting public health."
“It's disturbing that the OCC may have permitted oil and gas wells to inject directly into potential drinking water sources, and that the agency can't accurately point to where the drinking water is located,” said the lead author of the report, John Noël of Clean Water Action. “That's fundamental to the OCC’s job - it is the agency that is supposed to protect Oklahomans' drinking water from the impacts of oil and gas activities. Without proper information, the OCC cannot assure that the state’s many thousands of injection wells have all been permitted safely.”
"President Trump and Scott Pruitt are like Thelma and Louise - holding hands as they drive us off the cliff. The President is putting our future at risk with this dangerous executive order."
Nothing that the administration does will change the facts that pipelines spill and that these projects jeopardize drinking water for millions.
Anne Hulick, Connecticut director for Clean Water Action, said, “It was not long ago that rivers were dumping grounds for debris and toxic chemicals and the Cuyahoga River caught fire. World Water Day is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come and to make sure we continue to protect this most precious resource.”
"This is a reckless and dangerous budget. It's also completely unsurprising. President Trump has made his priorities perfectly clear - he will put polluters first at all costs."