For the past 10 years, developers and their friends in Trenton have made repeated attempts to overdevelop New Jersey's most precious open spaces.
Known as The Permit Extension Acts, this legislation aims to extend previously expired permits on construction projects from as far back as the 1990's well into the future. It avoids adhering to modern environmental and public health safeguards that were adopted over the past decade to better protect our water and apply lessons learned from recent severe flooding, snow and wind events like Super Storm Sandy.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 18, both houses of the NJ Legislature are expected to vote on S2551/A3815, the 4th Permit Extension Act (PEA IV). Urge your legislators and legislative leadership to VOTE NO because it fails to protect our water and keep people out of harm's way!
Michigan currently has the opportunity to be a national leader in transitioning our energy production toward a sustainable future. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programs can reduce the demand on polluting power plants and create local jobs, all while protecting our Great Lakes. Right now, the Michigan Legislature is exploring an increase of both the Renewable Energy Standard and our Energy Efficiency Optimization Standard. These policies give Michigan residents and businesses an opportunity to invest in and benefit from energy efficiency upgrades while protecting our Great Lakes from polluting sources of energy production.
In August, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed 21 individuals to the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force. The Task Force is charged with conducting public hearings and by March 2015 making a series of public policy recommendations to the Colorado State Legislature regarding oil and gas operations in Colorado.
Clean Water Action is taking a lead in pushing the Task Force to make meaningful recommendations that protect Colorado communities – as well as our water, air, and land – from the risks of oil and gas development. But we need your help. Contact the Task Force today.