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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.

News Release | Environment America

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

The bill zeroes out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Moments ago, in a bipartisan vote of 59 to 40, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The confirmation came within a month of President Obama instructing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Finally Ending Debate on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 154 days of the Environmental Protection Agency operating without a permanent administrator, the U.S. Senate today voted to end debate on Gina McCarthy leading the agency. The Senate now prepares to make a final vote to confirm or reject McCarthy for the post. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

New Report: Weak Financial Assurance Rules Leave Natural Heritage, Drinking Water Vulnerable to Drilling Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Raising new concerns about a little-examined dimension of the fracking debate, Environment America Research & Policy Center today released a report analyzing state and federal financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations. As fracking expands at a frenzied pace in several states and federal officials consider allowing fracking near national parks and forests and key drinking water sources, ‘Who Pays the Costs of Fracking?’ reveals that current bonding requirements are inadequate to cover the costs of damage from gas drilling.  

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News Release | Environment America

11,700 CALL FOR BAN ON FRACKING: Environment Massachusetts and Allies Deliver Petition to Bar Dirty Drilling in the Commonwealth

BOSTON, MA - This morning, more than 11,000 residents called on Beacon Hill to ban the dirty drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), in petitions presented by Environment Massachusetts and its allies at a statehouse news conference. The petitions show wide support for H.788, a bill introduced by Representatives Peter Kocot and Denise Provost to ban fracking and the processing of its toxic wastewater in the commonwealth.

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