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We won an expansion of California’s Stornetta Public Lands.

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move protects 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline.

News Release | Environment America

U.S. Senate passes bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline, accelerate global warming

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After three weeks of debate, the U.S. Senate passed a bill this afternoon to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The measure passed 62 to 36, failing to garner enough votes to override a promised veto from President Obama. According to the State Department, building Keystone XL would add 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution to our atmosphere each year, the equivalent of putting another 5.7 million cars on the road. 

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Largest offshore wind area in U.S. goes on sale today

Washington, DC -- Today the U.S. Department of the Interior will auction an area about the size of Rhode Island to offshore wind developers, the largest such competitive lease sale ever in the United States. The area off the south coast of Massachusetts could house enough wind turbines to power 700,000 homes, and its sale triples the total area available for commercial offshore wind development in the United States. 

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News Release | Environment America

Obama administration to put large stretches of Atlantic coastline, beaches at risk

Washington, D.C. -- Today the Obama administration proposed opening up huge swaths of the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling, putting large stretches of the nation’s coastline, including some of its most beloved beaches from Virginia to Georgia, at risk of a devastating spill. 

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News Release | Environment America

Top violators among fracking companies range from Chesapeake and Cabot to smaller firms

Boston, MA -- From Fortune 500 companies like Cabot Oil, to fly-by-night operators, to firms like Chevron who tout their clean records -- virtually all types of fracking outfits are prone to breaking rules intended to protect the environment and public health, a new report says. The analysis of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period found that the top offenders, representing a diversity of companies, averaged more than an environmental violation every day.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Fracking Failures

Oil and gas industry spokespeople routinely maintain that the risks of fracking can be minimized by best practices and appropriate state regulation. Not only is this false - fracking is harmful even when drillers follow all the rules - but, as this report shows, drillers regularly violate essential public health protections, undermining their own claims.

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