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The volume of crude oil carried by rail increased 423% between 2011 and 2012 and continued to increase in 2013, surpassing 400,000 rail carloads. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) acknowledged the imminent danger crude-by-rail poses. However, as crude-by-rail traffic has increased, so have accidents, posing significant risks to life, property and the environment. A recent derailment in Lynchburg, VA, spilled and burned an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude, setting the James River on fire, occurred at 23mph[i].
Last year, the Takoma Park, City Council passed the Safe Grow Act of 2013, which restricts the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides on both private and public property throughout the city. This landmark legislation stops involuntary poisoning and non-target contamination from pesticide drift that occurs as these toxic chemicals move off of the treated property, onto those of neighbors, public spaces, schools and more. The Montgomery County Council has proposed legislation to restrict cosmetic lawn pesticides, County Bill 52-14.
Tell Gov. O’Malley that there are "Too Many ‘Fracking’ Unknowns to Drill”
The Marcellus Shale Commission, created by the Governor to learn more about what fracking means for Maryland communities and public health, is wrapping-up its work. After seeing a report from the University of Maryland (UMD), the decision seems pretty clear - “No Fracking in Maryland!” Make sure the Governor hears you loud and clear.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.