Neil Bhaerman - Communications Manager

Count Fracula or Dr. Frackenstein's Monster?

October 31, 2015

We work on serious things at Clean Water. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t stop to have some fun, especially around Halloween. And that got me thinking — if the fracking industry was a classic monster, who would it be? Can you support us with a gift today?Count Fracula? The Creature from the Frack Lagoon? The Fractom of the Opera? Or maybe Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? The public face of the industry is Dr. Jekyll. Friendly and reassuring, they explain how property-owners can make money by selling their mineral resources, and they tell states and communities that fracking will be a boon to the economy. But, when it’s too late, Mr. Hyde emerges and we see the industry evade taxes, and fight communities who try to enact common-sense zoning guidelines.

One Thing We Can Learn from the Modern-Day Victorian Couple

September 10, 2015

A first-person essay on Vox, “I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it,” has been blowing up the internet this week. In many ways the couple, who are trying to live with mostly Late Victorian period clothes, furniture, appliances and hobbies, come across as completely oblivious to the very real problems of that era like racism, imperialism, poverty, a rigid class structure, and rampant diseases. There have many excellent criticisms of the essay that I agree with, most of which center around privilege and class.

Sustainable Groundwater Management in California Depends on You!

July 30, 2015

SGMA_Stakeholder_Engagement_White_Paper_Page_01By Jennifer Clary, California Water Program Manager. Follow Jennifer on twitter- @JenClary_Water

What is Oil & Gas Doing to the Susquehanna River?

July 10, 2015

Protect SusquehannaBy Nathan Sooy, Central Pennsylvania Campaign Coordinator

Fixing the Problem with Power Plant Pollution

July 6, 2015

By Alex Maykowski, Michigan Program Intern

Every summer as a child I traveled up to my grandfather’s home in Northern Lower Michigan. As much as I enjoyed spending time with my grandfather, my favorite part of this tradition was always knowing that just a short walk away was a beautiful lake—a walk I’d make every day.

Explaining EPA's Clean Water Rule with Simpsons GIFs

June 30, 2015

By Neil Bhaerman, Communications Associate - Follow Neil on Twitter - @neilanalien.

Hi, I want to tell you about a very important EPA rule that ensures that the Clean Water Act actually keeps our waterways clean.