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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

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Tens of Thousands Urge Obama Administration to Reject Proposal to Ship Fracking Waste Down Nation’s Rivers

Washington, D.C. – Today Environment America is delivering more than 29,000 public comments to the U.S. Coast Guard urging them to reject a policy proposal that would allow barging of waste water produced from fracking operations down the nation’s rivers and waterways.

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EPA, Army Corps Report Shows Economic Benefits of Fixing Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A study conducted by the Obama administration shows that protecting our waterways has massive economic benefits in addition to the known environmental benefits. The economic analysis was authored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agencies involved in implementing and enforcing the Clean Water Act. 

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Online Campaign Asks Secretary Jewell: What Would Teddy Do?

Washington, D.C. — Today, Environment America launched an online campaign, including Facebook ads, calling on President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to continue President Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of protecting America’s public lands by asking, “What would Teddy do?” 

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Breakthroughs Takes on Fracking

New York, NY — This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America to public television stations across the country.  As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.

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House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: A bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution.

The bill, H.R. 2728, sponsored by Rep. Flores (R-TX), would roll back the federal government’s ability to protect federal lands and the communities that rely on them from fracking, deferring to a patchwork of state rules and guidelines no matter how weak or inadequate they may be.

The bill would also delay EPA’s congressionally mandated study on fracking’s impacts on groundwater, keeping important data about water contamination from families living near fracking sites.

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