Deadline Monday: Sign to protect clean water

Deadline Monday: Sign to protect clean water
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Deadline: Oct 21. Protect our water!

Protect our clean water from pipelines. Sign the petition today.
Dear Friends



Clean water sustains us all — our families, animals and communities, our farms and our fisheries. But a new proposal from the Trump Administration would threaten this basic human right. 

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We need your help to stop rollbacks of key environmental protections that would leave water supplies across the country at risk of contamination from fracked-gas pipelines. The deadline is October 21 to submit a public comment. We need your signature on this petition to send a loud and clear message to the Environmental Protection Agency that clean water is a fundamental human right.

Take one minute to protect clean water from pipelines. Act before the October 21 deadline!

Since 1972, the Clean Water Act has been one of America’s bedrock environmental protections. The law requires federal permits based on thorough scientific review for major projects that could pollute U.S. waters — including oil and fracked-gas pipelines. 

A key section of the law requires states and Native American tribes to certify that such projects will not damage the rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other water resources in their jurisdictions. The section further gives these jurisdictions the ability to place limits on or even stop unacceptable projects. For example, states and tribes have used Section 401 to protect waters from toxic coal dust, reservoir contamination, and degradation of fish habitat. Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia have used Section 401 to try to protect their waters from oil or gas pipelines. 

But Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to weaken Section 401 in order to push through fracked-gas pipelines and other dirty energy projects — putting our water and our health at risk. As noted on EPA’s website, the changes are proposed specifically to align with the president’s April 2019 executive order entitled “Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth.” In effect, the rollback would hand industry a virtual free pass to build oil and gas pipelines and other dirty energy projects almost anywhere and take away one of the only ways states and tribes have to protect their water resources from these massive projects.  

Sign the petition today. Don’t let the Trump Administration weaken the Clean Water Act to push through major fossil fuel projects.

The comment period closes October 21 so sign your name today!


Anne Havemann
General Counsel
Chesapeake Climate Action Network

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