News Release | Environment Georgia

Resolution to Block Oil and Gas Exploration &Drilling off Georgia’s Coast Moves Forward

Atlanta, GA--Today the Environmental Quality Subcommittee of the Georgia House of Representatives passed HR 48 a resolution in support of coastal communities and opposed to exploration & drilling for oil and gas off of Georgia’s Coast. The Resolution is in reaction to a draft plan introduced by the Bureau of Ocean & Energy Management (BOEM) that proposed leasing waters off the coast of the Atlantic, including Georgia, to oil and gas companies. BOEM is currently drafting a second plan that could be released any day. The Resolution passed after a hastily introduced substitute that favored offshore energy development and downplayed environmental and economic concerns was defeated.

Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia’s Director offered the following statement.

 

“We applaud the Environmental Quality Subcommittee for their support of HR 48. In an age of remarkable advances in energy conservation and renewable energy technologies, at a time when global warming poses an existential threat to future generations, sacrificing our beaches and ocean wildlife is no longer, if it ever was, the price we must pay for progress. That’s not a world we have to live in anymore. Nor is it the future our children deserve.

Unfortunately, a federal proposal threatens our coast and we need our legislature and Governor Kemp to continue to stand up for the amazing natural resource Georgia has been blessed with. We hope the House will continue to move and pass HR 48 and urge the Senate to do the same with SR 88.”

 

News Release | Environment America

Land & Water Conservation Fund Renewal Signed into Law

The Land & Water Conservation Fund has supported everything from the expansion and maintenance of local parks and recreation centers to national forests, national parks and historical sites.

“This victory is a testament to the perseverance of many in Congress who wouldn’t let America’s most successful conservation and recreation program die,” said Ed Johnson, president of Environment America. “You don’t see votes like 92-8 in the Senate and 363-62 in the House without members putting their shoulder to the wheel.”

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bipartisan water infrastructure effort could halt sewage pollution

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing today on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), highlighting the need for a new, bipartisan bill that would more than double the CWSRF authorization to $4 billion per year. From Arizona’s leaky pipes to New England’s sewage overflows, America needs to get serious about our water systems. That means dramatically increasing investments in water infrastructure that focus on prevention. We applaud U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Grace Napolitano, Don Young, and John Katko for introducing their bipartisan water infrastructure bill, which takes aim at this problem.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: PFAS hearing elevates need for policy reform

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on the risks of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Witnesses will include senior staff from the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s been six months since Congress’s first hearing on PFAS, and we still have a long way to go. On one hand, DoD needs to clean up their mess at military bases and prevent future contamination. And on the other, EPA needs to protect our health by limiting the use of PFAS, and by setting a strong drinking water standard of one part per trillion for the whole class of chemicals.

News Release | Environment Georgia

Right to Repair Testimony

Today the Georgia Legislature heard the GA Right to Repair Law in subcommittee. Environment Georgia's Director, Jennette Gayer offered the following testimony.

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