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Massive Utah Oil Shale Project Threatens Public Health, Water Supply

Conservation groups today formally opposed the Trump administration’s plan to facilitate the first commercial oil shale development in the United States, a massive Utah project that would generate enormous greenhouse gas and deadly ozone pollution in regions already exceeding federal air-pollution standards. The Bureau of Land Management plans to grant the Estonia-owned Enefit American Oil ...


Cook Inletkeeper: On the front lines of climate change and not backing down

My son and I will soon board a ferry in Washington State and travel north through the fabled Inside Passage into the great wilderness that is Alaska. Glacial fjords, massive brown bears, and salmon-filled streams all come to mind as we plan our epic adventure. Unbeknownst to my 4-year-old, for me, Alaska also conjures up ...


An Interview with Peconic Baykeeper Sean O’Neill

In the following interview, Waterkeeper Alliance Organizer Malaika Elias speaks with Peconic Baykeeper Sean O’Neill to discuss the adverse effects of climate change on the Peconic Bay. Sean walks us through climate impacts on marine life and communities, and suggests actions we can all take to address the pervasive and escalating implications that accompany the ...


A Changing Casco Bay: Beyond the Beauty

By Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, Friends of Casco Bay For over 25 years, Friends of Casco Bay has worked to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay, Maine. Our organization is a founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance and has employed a Casco Baykeeper since 1991. We collect water quality data that enables us ...


Cape Town’s Drought, A Frightening Reminder to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life

Co-written by Marc Yaggi and Gabrielle Segal It is hard to believe that a city could run out of water; for a ‘Day Zero’ to actually take place. Yet, it is happening in the legislative capital of South Africa: Cape Town. So what does this mean, and could anything have been done to prevent such ...


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Hydropower is NOT Clean Energy: Dams and Reservoirs are Major Drivers of Climate Change

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives approved a bill, H.R. 3043, that defines hydropower as a renewable energy source and fast-tracks the licensing of large, taxpayer-funded hydro-projects, claiming that the concentration of licensing power in the hands of one federal agency—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—will boost a clean source of energy. Reservoirs ...


COP 23: U.S. Remains Only Nation to Reject Paris Agreement

By James D. Flynn, Esq. Jamie received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and is pursuing an LL.M. in environmental and energy law at New York University School of Law. He currently serves as a legal intern at Waterkeeper Alliance. For the past two weeks, the nearly 200 nations of the world have been ...


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Tribes, Landowners and Conservation Groups Intervene in Jordan Cove Pipeline Fight

Last month, Pembina, the Canadian Company behind the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and LNG export terminal filed their Certificate Application with the federal government, marking their third attempt over a 12 year period to build a pipeline through southern Oregon to ship fracked gas overseas. The project has faced stiff opposition from impacted communities because ...


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Don’t Let EPA Dismantle the Clean Power Plan | Dive Into Democracy

By James D. Flynn, Esq. Jamie received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and is pursuing an LL.M. in environmental and energy law at New York University School of Law. He currently serves as a legal intern at Waterkeeper Alliance. Photo courtesy of NASA. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the deceptively-titled Executive ...


We Can’t Afford to Keep Silent on Climate | Dive Into Democracy

As hurricanes pummel the southeast United States and the Caribbean, the western United States is on track to have the worst fire season in a decade. The process of healing and rebuilding communities affected by these destructive disasters will take years and tens of billions of dollars. As this process begins, it begs the question ...