On Monday, April 6, the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass an amended moratorium bill that would guarantee this dangerous form of gas drilling stays out of Maryland through at least October 1, 2017. The Senate bill, SB 409, now heads back to the House for final approval before it can move on to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk. Tell Gov. Hogan that Marylanders deserve protections against fracking — we need a moratorium now!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is charged with reviewing the environmental impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and FERC is currently accepting public input on the proposed scope of its environmental impact statement. FERC has the power to delay or stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. This comment period, through June 16th, gives Virginians an important opportunity to speak up and demand a thorough review of its harms.
On February 24th, 2015, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen introduced strong new federal legislation to combat climate change. The bill, called the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act (H.R. 1027), caps carbon pollution, requires fossil fuel companies to purchase pollution permits at auction, and returns 100% of the revenue in equal amounts to every U.S. resident with a Social Security number. Email your U.S. House representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor the “cap and dividend” bill.
Stop Crude Oil-by-Rail in Baltimore
Targa Resources, a company based in Texas, recently filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility in Baltimore. If approved, this project would put thousands of Baltimore residents at risk as trains carrying highly volatile oil criss-cross Baltimore neighborhoods. Call on the Baltimore City Council to oppose this project.
Tell President Obama: NO Keystone XL
President Obama will make his decision on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline in the next few months. Urge President Obama to keep his climate promises and reject the pipeline.