Local Victories From Around the State!
We’ve had a busy summer 2016 in Maryland! So much great work is being done to protect Maryland’s environment. Continue reading below to find out about some of our local victories from across the State.
Clean Water Action has been working with partner organizations and local activists for years to address concerns regarding dangerous oil shipments being transported via rail through many communities in the city. Thanks to the work of Clean Water Action, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), and many Baltimore residents impacted by oil train traffic, a plan to build a large export terminal that would have dramatically increased oil shipments through the city was withdrawn. This is an exciting victory for the environmental community and we will continue to pressure the city council to address other safety concerns related to oil trains.
Check out our media coverage on oil trains:
- Houston company Targa withdraws plans to ship crude oil through Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2016
- Proposal for oil terminal in Fairfield is withdrawn, Baltimore Brew, July 11, 2016
- Flammable Oil Trains in Baltimore: All The Risk With No Reward, Baltimore Fishbowl, July 7, 2016
- Community Members Petition for Oil Train Safety, WMAR, July 6, 2016
- Recent Derailments Bring To Light Risks Of Oil Trains In City, WJZ, July 6, 2016
- Let's Get Serious About Rail Safety Before A Real Disaster Strikes, Baltimore Brew, June 24, 2016
- Train Derailment Prompts Push For Safety Study, WYPR, June 16, 2016
- Concerns Being Raised As Crews Continue CSX Derailment Cleanup, CBS Baltimore, June 14, 2016
- Rally to demand review of dangers of oil train derailments, Baltimore Brew, June 16, 2016
Charles County Commissioners recently voted 3-2 in favor of a Comprehensive Plan that will protect the County’s natural resources and support equitable development. As a member of the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County, Clean Water Action worked with several organizations and community activists to make sure that this plan prevented over-development of rural areas and protected vulnerable watersheds.
We’re gearing up for a tough fight against big energy companies regarding the lifting of a moratorium on fracking in the State. We’re currently working with our partner organizations to make sure the dangers of fracking are exposed. Recent hearings to discuss proposed regulations have brought out hundreds of residents in opposition to this dangerous industry.
Check out the news coverage from the fracking public hearings below:
- Fracking debate begins anew in Maryland, Bay Journal, June 28, 2016
Thanks to our members, we've been able to accomplish these incredible environmental victories! Despite the many successes we have had this summer, we’re not slowing down. We will continue to stay involved in all of these issues and of course, we are already planning ahead for the 2017 Legislative Session in Annapolis. Stay tuned for more updates.