Lansing - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for 1 in 7 Michigan residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.
Clean Water Action's Michigan Director, Nic Clark, released this statement
LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.
The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure. It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.
LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.
“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”
The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.
For Immediate Release: June 19, 2015
Contact: Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club, 609-558-9100
Dave Pringle, Campaign Director, NJ Clean Water Action, 732-996-4288
Maya van Rossum, Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 215 369 1188 ext 102
Jim Walsh, Eastern Region Director, Food and Water Watch, 732-979-6883
Doug O'Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey, 917-449-6812
PHOTO: Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, testifies before the MA Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.