On Friday, May 29, a two and half year moratorium on the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, became law in the state of Maryland – making Maryland the first state with significant gas reserves to put a legislative moratorium on fracking.
CCAN is hitting the ground running THIS SUMMER to build the movement for a permanent, statewide ban on fracking. Here’s what you can do right now to help: Add your name to the call for a permanent ban on fracking in Maryland.
Virginia’s coastal communities are second only to New Orleans in vulnerability to sea level rise, and flooding is already disrupting people’s daily lives and livelihoods. By joining the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Virginia can cut the carbon pollution driving sea-level rise while generating urgently needed funds to prepare for the impacts along our coast.
The time to tackle climate change in Virginia is now, and your voice is needed: Sign the petition to urge Virginia’s leaders to act on climate!
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.
Left to its own devices, FERC will evaluate the environmental impacts of Virginia’s four proposed fracked-gas pipeline projects in a vacuum. But we know the only way to understand the true cost of these dangerous projects is to evaluate them together. In fact, FERC is legally required to do a single, comprehensive review of ALL related projects in a single geographic region.